National Evaluation of the Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage, and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Re-Entering Fathers and Their Partners: Program Models of MFS-IP Grantees. Model 3: Holistic Case Management-Based Programs


Five grantees offer holistic case management-based programs. "Holistic" means that, although the focus is on services that directly strengthen families, the programs offer a wide variety of other services to strengthen families in more indirect ways (e.g., enhance financial stability, prevent substance abuse, improve housing quality).

Model 3:
Holistic Case Management-Based Programs
MN CCJ provides intensive case management to men and partners at the point of program enrollment (which occurs shortly after intake into prison) and continuing for 1 year after release. Both members of the couple receive regular case management and couples counseling as needed in addition to the curriculum-based services offered by the program (including PREP, parenting classes, employment classes, and financial literacy classes).

NJ DOC provides case management (focusing on assistance with visitation, family counseling, the development of a substance abuse plan, and reentry planning) to program participants in addition to a marriage education course (Married and Loving It!), which includes a parenting skills component. Participants are followed up from the time of enrollment through 6 months after release.

OLHSA offers PREP and Caring for My Family courses, Love and Logic parenting classes, support groups, and family counseling. Couples receive case management (including needs assessment, referral and follow-up) to address broad-based service needs and reentry issues and to facilitate family strengthening and reunification.

SD LSS delivers a couples PREP course and provides relationship and reentry-focused case management to all participating couples, consisting of two pre-release case-management visits and three post-release visits conducted within 6 months of release. For eligible men assessed as being at high risk for domestic violence, a 26-week batterer re-education course is provided.

SC DOC includes several curriculum-based components (PAIRS, parenting education, employment skills and certification, moral reconation therapy, intensive GED instruction and higher education courses), and individualized services such as case management and family group conferencing.

These programs include healthy relationship and/or parenting curricula, but they use many of their resources to deliver broad-based services and case management. In the majority of Model 3 programs, a wide variety of services are available to interested participants. The intensity of case management varies widely across sites in terms of frequency of sessions, duration of services after release, and whether case management is a core program component for all participants (including partners). Diversity is also evident in the breadth of ancillary services offered across sites and the involvement of partners in programming. Some sites deliver all services to partners, and others focus on the male participant.

Given the intensity and breadth of services delivered, these programs tend to have lower enrollment targets than the other MFS-IP programs.

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