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Re-entry Health Conductors REMEDY Support Group Network

Program Mission: The Re-entry Health Conductors Program is a "Call to Action" to all county health care systems and social services to address the glaring health disparities and social inequities facing returning citizens (formerly incarcerated).

Goal of the Re-entry Health Conductors REMEDY Support Group Network:

  • To provide a safe place for all people returning from incarceration.
  • To begin the process of cognitive restructuring, character refinement and cultural realignment -that forges a pathway for integration and re-integration into the broader community, family and society.
  • To reduce recidivism among those participants of the REMEDY Support group and Network.
  • To promote and practice among REMEDY participants, health, wellness and healing through the Transitions Medical Clinic and community resources such as Rubicon, The Re-entry Success Center, Health Right 360 and Future Build
  • Completion of a 14- week targeted curriculum designed to address the returning citizen’s barriers to health, employment, housing and full integration back into their communities.
  • Graduates of the 14-week series will be invited to participate in the REMEDY network to provide peer leadership, advocacy and mentoring training to current participants attending the REMEDY support group.

Program Criteria:

  1. Recently released
  2. AB109/Federal, State Probation and Parole
  3. Adult males/females 18 years and older
  4. Residents of East and West County
  5. Insured or uninsured (those uninsured will get navigation assistance help with applying for health coverage)
  6. Medically vulnerable – with a high-risk chronic disease

REMEDY offers the following services and support:

  1. Outreach to re-entry population and or by referral
  2. Brief screening thru intake process (assessing health and social needs); including pre-release screening and intake
  3. Assist with health coverage enrollment, including GA, Cal Fresh, and SSI/SSA benefits
  4. Make medical appointment to be seen in the Transitions Medical Clinic, tailored for formerly incarcerated. The Transitions Medical Clinic consist of a specialized team (medical providers and Re-entry Health Conductors), working with the re-entry population to provide medical treatment, support and care.
  5. Link to essential resources (transportation, housing, substance abuse programs, mental health, and employment)
  6. Follow-up with patients/clients to ensure there are no barriers connecting to the identified resources and support systems for continuity of care

REMEDY support group process (Co-facilitated by those with a justice involvement experience)

  • 14-week series (the group meets 2x per month in both west and east county)
  • Evening groups ( 5:00-7:30)
  • Building cognitive behavioral skills
  • Developing new and increased coping skills
  • Character refinement (identifying and understanding the difference between street culture and prison culture); what is useful and no longer effective in returning
  • Increase awareness of cultural realignment (the ability to transition, sustain and be productive in society)
  • Increase knowledge and awareness of effective communication
  • Increase awareness and knowledge of chronic disease such as diabetes, chronic asthma, hypertension, chronic pain, heart disease, etc…
  • Increase health literacy and understanding of how to access and navigate the health care system and community programs