Commissioner Contrada was joined at today’s announcement by
Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, Northwest Ohio Reentry Coalition
Chair David Kontur, Mental Health & Recovery Services of
Lucas County Executive Director Scott Sylak, and CJCC
Interim Executive Director Pat Wright.
“This is one of our nation’s most important grants for reentry
programs,” Commissioner Contrada said. “The Second Chance Act
grant provides tremendous incentive to reduce recidivism in our
community—and that means a major cost savings for taxpayers.
“We know that ex-offenders who have access to housing, legal
advice, and employment are more likely to get on a path to
becoming law-abiding, taxpaying citizens. The Lucas County
Reentry program has the potential to save our community millions
of dollars, plus the invaluable costs to people who are victims
The CJCC received $416,000 from the highly-competitive Second
Chance Act Adult Reentry Demonstration grant program. Second
Chance Act Grant funds are designed to help develop and
implement comprehensive strategies to address the ex-offender
reentry challenges that communities like Lucas County face.
The Lucas County Reentry program anticipates assisting up to 100
offenders. The program will focus on the people who are most
likely to recidivate and need services the most: high-risk
offenders with mental health or substance abuse issues and those
at risk of becoming chronically homeless. Individualized reentry
plans will promote safe and successful reintegration of
offenders in this community by reducing barriers.
Participants will receive assistance in the following areas:
case management, mental health services, education, employment,
housing assistance, and legal services. Case managers will begin
meeting with participants while they are incarcerated to ensure
they are able to successfully reenter the community. After the
participants are released, they will continue receiving services
for up to six months.
The total program budget is $833,294, of which $416,647 is
federal funds and the remainder is matching funds. Matching
funds have been secured through local sources, including the
City of Toledo, Lucas County , Lucas County Mental Health &
Recovery Services Board, CJCC, Lucas County TASC, University of
Toledo , and volunteer attorneys.
“This grant will allow our community to expand the services and
supports available to men returning from incarceration,
promoting their success and improving public safety,” said
Dave Kontur, Northwest Ohio Reentry Coalition Chair.
The Mental Health & Recovery Services Board is a proud partner
of this initiative,” Executive Director Scott Sylak said.
“This grant represents a substantial opportunity to improve
public safety by presenting a pathway for returning ex offenders
to improve their lives and the lives of their families.”
“The reentry grant builds upon a proven protocol to provide the
tools required for inmates to stop the cycle of re-arrest and
re-incarceration,” said Pat Wright, Interim Executive
Director of the CJCC.
The cost of incarceration per offender is approximately $23,000
each year for state and local facilities. It is estimated that
cost savings could reach over one million dollars if
participants in the Lucas County Reentry program are prevented
from recidivating for even just one year.
“The award of the second chance grant is a strong foundation for
the future of reentry initiatives in Lucas County,” stated
Commissioner Contrada. “I congratulate the grants team,
including Holly Matthews, Demi Heiks, and Tom McCarter,
who drew on the reentry coalition’s previous successes while
developing a sustainable plan for the future.”