LA2050 Grants Challenge applications are open now through June 28th, 2024.
2023 Grants Challenge

On the Road of Rebuilding

On the Road of Rebuilding will provide 120 justice involved persons with means to access medical & mental health care, legal assistance, employment, & recreational activities. Providing reliable, transportation, a multi-passenger van will allow vulnerable individuals with severe mental illness to successfully re-enter society, while safeguarding 10.2 million LA County residents. Provision of clothing items/toiletries to incoming clients allows for a smoother transition back into the community.


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

Opportunities for People Who Have Been Incarcerated

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

Central LA

South LA

West LA

County of Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

Homelessness and incarceration have left justice involved individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) on outskirts of our society. Recidivism rate of previously incarcerated individuals is 50.4%. Among individuals with SMI, this rate jumps (especially among those with co-occurring substance use disorders (SUD)), presenting a risk to the individuals in question and communities in which they live, and a burden on the judicial system and taxpayers. In contrast, despite an SMI/SUD co-occurring rate of 80%, CONREP recidivism rate is less than 1%. Recently released from incarceration or deemed incompetent to stand trial, intake data shows 60% of CONREP clients have chronic health issues, 80% have co-occurring SUD, and 90-95% have limited financial means. They need access to medical/mental health services, employment and/or benefits, and they must comply with the requirements of their release.Clothes and toiletries will bolster self-esteem, safeguarding against depression/isolation.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

On the Road of Rebuilding will support our existing Conditional Release Program (CONREP). It will provide as many as 120 individuals with up to 70 transports each month. Transports will include visits to medical and mental health care, dental and eye doctor appointments, support groups (including SUD appointments and meetings), employment opportunities, skills training courses, educational activities, court mandated appointments (including parole office visits and court appearances), and recreational activities. On the Road of Rebuilding will also provide incoming CONREP participants with basic wardrobe staples and toiletries, allowing for a smoother transition of these marginalized individuals as they navigate their adjustment back into the community. Contracting with the Department of State Hospitals, CONREP is largest provider of mental health and SUD recovery services for a niche class of justice system-involved individuals in LA County. The up to 120 individuals engaged by CONREP at any time represent the following: - 100% have been justice system-involved with the overwhelming majority being perpetrators of violent crimes-all felony level offenses, - 99% present with SMI, with more than half displaying both an affective and psychotic component, - The remaining 1% present with substance-induced psychosis, and - At least 80% of the individuals experience co-occurring SUD, which, when coupled with SMI, exponentially increases an individuals' risk for violence.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

California, and LA in particular, is a place of limitless reinvention. The opportunity to start over is limited for individuals who have been justice involved, especially those with SMI/SUD issues. Instead, these individuals are at great risk of returning homelessness, chronic illness, isolation and depression, and criminality. At the very least, we feel individuals should be given a fair opportunity to re-enter society. Providing CONREP clients with the means to access care, support and financial opportunities will allow for some level of equity in the field of reinvention. It is obvious that individuals who are neglected and uncared for, especially those who have mental illness and/or are at-risk of participating in criminal activity due to mental illness, are a public wellbeing issue. By providing CONREP clients with a helping hand, we envision an L.A. in which homelessness and criminal activity can be reduced and health and wellbeing can be restored.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

Reliable access to care and supportive services appointments is essential to the continued wellbeing of our clients. By providing reliable transportation to 120 individuals enrolled in CONREP and basic clothing/toiletries to as many as 96 newcomers each year, we anticipate the following: - Decreased levels of anxiety and agitation, - Increased levels of health and wellbeing due to participation in off-site healthcare services, - Increased compliance with healthcare directives, resulting in lower rates of diabetes and pulmonary or cardiovascular disease, - Increased client health/wellbeing, - Increased ability to provide appropriate services to current clients, - increased community access to critical care transportation and team members. CONREP's success -- including decreased levels of anxiety and agitation, and decreased exposure to trauma -- is ascertained by trained clinical professionals using a variety of therapeutic tools, including the Trauma-Informed Care Grade.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 120

Indirect Impact: 3,900,000