As part of READI Chicago’s re-entry pathway, READI Chicago staff deliver cognitive behavioral therapy to men at the Cook County Jail. About 50 men have been connected to the program upon release from prison or jail through the re-entry pathway, in addition to the more than 100 returning citizens connected through other pathways.
READI Chicago relentlessly engages men most highly impacted by gun violence through employment in paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy and support services in order to help them create a viable path for a different future, and to help reduce violence in the city’s most impacted neighborhoods.
Participants engage in 18 months of paid transitional employment with regular participation in cognitive behavioral therapy, skill-building, and support services, plus an additional six months of follow-up case management and coaching support.
The program launched in fall 2017 through a collaboration with seven local partner organizations.
We are evaluating the program to test whether it works, and we have a goal of employing 500 men by spring 2019.
Data as of April 30, 2019
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