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Funder: Department of Health and Human Services
Staff Contact: Bobbi Carothers
Project Duration: 2016-present

The St. Louis City Re-Entry Linkages project (RELINK) aims to enhance access to social services for community reentrants released from St. Louis City jails. Conducted by the Center for Social Development Smart Decarceration Initiative and the St. Louis Integrated Health Network, the project will operate at the individual, systems, and community levels to achieve the following goals:

  • Improve coordination and linkages among criminal justice, public health, social service, and private entities to address health care and health care access of community re-entrants
  • Reduce health disparities experienced by the reentry and justice-involved population
  • Increase access to needed public health, behavioral health, health care coverage, and social services
  • Reduce recidivism 
CPHSS is collaborating with the Brown School’s Evaluation Center to measure progress on the improvement of coordination and linkages among organizations providing services to re-entrants. Using social network analysis, CPHSS will examine changes in the levels of communication, collaboration, and referrals among provider organizations, as well as the kinds of service activities they will collaborate on over the five years of the intervention. The results from this evaluation will provide baseline and process measurements to highlight gaps in the network and inform progress over the course of the project. 

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