STRENGTHENING OF THE CITY’S WORKFORCE | Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
New Roads is a transitional employment and placement program for formerly incarcerated men and women currently on parole or probation. Participants receive:
- Transitional employment
- Resume Support and Placement
- Full case management
New Roads was launched in 2016 through a partnership between the mayor’s office, Caltrans and Chrysalis, with an initial grant of $8.9 million. To date, New Roads has served over 1,200 individuals on probation or parole with job training, workforce development, supplemental services and transitional employment – with the goal of supporting their reintegration. successful after incarceration.
Each New Roads participant is entitled to up to 90 days of paid work on a Caltrans team. Since the program’s inception, New Roads crews have collected 606,811 bags of trash from roads and highways in LA County, helping to clean up and beautify our public walkways.
In addition to joining cleaning crews, participants work with case managers at Chrysalis to help them develop resumes, participate in job readiness classes, conduct hands-on interviews, and access everything from computers and from business attire to scholarship funds and transportation assistance. While working for New Roads, participants gain skills that allow them to transition into full-time employment and long-term self-sufficiency.
For people trying to overcome the challenges of getting a job, such as experience with the criminal justice system, a bridge job offers the opportunity to return to work quickly, earn a salary and develop or enhance their skills.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHRYSALIS
Chrysalis is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income people by providing the resources and support needed to prepare for, find and maintain employment. Since 1984, Chrysalis has served more than 66,000 people at its five Southern California centers and locations. In 2019, more than 2,500 Chrysalis clients obtained employment while participating in the Chrysalis program and more than 1,460 participants took on transitional employment within the organization’s social enterprise.
Learn more about ChangeLives.org.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF THE PROJECT:
Funded by the California Board of State and Community Corrections Proposition 47 grant, the City of Los Angeles’ imPACT project provides comprehensive services to justice-affected people in four regions of Los Angeles and focuses on improving justice outcomes. employment as a way to reduce future criminal justice system involvement. The objectives of the imPACT project are:
- Reduce recidivism
- Increase obtaining and maintaining employment
- Improve the ability of Project imPACT program providers to better serve those involved in justice
California State Board and Community Corrections (BSCC) Proposition 47 was a voter-approved initiative in the November 2014 ballot that reduced felonies to specific low-level drug and property offenses. Each year, the state savings generated from the implementation of Proposition 47 are deposited into the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund. Sixty-five percent of these savings are set aside each year for the BSCC to administer a competitive grant program. Proposition 47 requires that these funds be given to public agencies to provide mental health services, treatment for substance use disorders and/or diversion programs for people in the criminal justice system. Additional legislation (AB 1056, Cap. 438, 2015 Stats) requires grants to be awarded on a competitive basis, clarifies that funds can be used for both adults and minors, and authorizes the use of funds for aid housing and other community support services. , including professional training, case management or civil legal services. The BSCC further requires that at least 50% of the grant awarded to recipients be passed on to community service providers.
The Proposition 47 Grant Program, administered by the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), provides discretionary grants to localities to provide community support services to those involved in justice. The purpose of these funds is to invest in programs designed to reduce the risk of recidivism among people with substance abuse and mental health issues who have been involved in the criminal justice system (Taylor, 2015). In June 2017, the Mayor’s Office of Los Angeles received $6 million in the first round of BSCC Proposition 47 grants to implement the imPACT project, called Cohort 1. In 2019, the program received $1 million is a second round of funding, called Cohort 2.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE:
City of Los Angeles adults 18 and older residents who are:
- On probation, on parole, or have been arrested or convicted in the past year
- Living with mental health issues and/or substance use disorders
- Willingness to get a job
- Determined by an imPACT project risk/needs assessment as having a medium to high risk of recurrence
DISTRIBUTION OF BENEFITS:
Use: Training and placement services for all participants
Legal services: Free access to legal services provided by a lawyer
Support: Individualized and group counseling with peer mentoring
Lodging: Employed participants are offered shared housing and retention services
THE ROLE OF THE TOWN HALL:
The mayor’s office holds monthly meetings with all project partners, including service providers and the evaluation team. This allows providers to discuss service delivery, discuss challenges and brainstorm solutions, and highlight any questions or concerns they have regarding service delivery. This includes collaborating to ensure regions are consistent in applying program definitions and delivering the delivery model. The mayor’s office also conducts regular check-ins with regional directors. In addition, during this period the evaluation team continued to work with vendors to strengthen their data reporting procedures and work with a new data reporting and management system.