One year after their MFS-IP grants ended, program leaders described a lasting impact of the initiative on their own work, their organizations, and their communities. Many sites attributed the following changes to MFS-IP program implementation:
- More recognition among state correctional administrators and state prison staff of the importance of family relationships in reentry
- More competence and familiarity on the part of community organizations in serving reentering men and their families
- Enduring partnerships, particularly between corrections and community agencies, and also among community agencies specializing in prison-based service delivery and those specializing in community-based service delivery (e.g., employment, housing, substance abuse treatment, and child services agencies)
- The initiation or strengthening of community-wide reentry councils or other interagency coordination efforts
“I think there’s been an actual cultural shift. Facilities, administration, custody [staff] are now seeing programs that help, and it’s changed their attitudes overall.”
—former MFS-IP grantee (IN)
A few sites noted other changes, such as improved data sharing between corrections and human services agencies, and more recognition of the importance of a case management or case advocacy approach in serving incarcerated and reentering fathers.