Reducing recidivism through psychiatric re-entry program in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA – IMPACT’s 2011 Nehemiah Action brought 1,500 people to seek commitments from City Councilors and County Supervisors to fund the Healthy Transitions Program. This program is a psychiatric re-entry program that ensures the continuity of care for ex-offenders with mental illness. Rather than one-time help or a long waiting period, it provides immediate and on-going medication and therapy. Thanks to this program, ex-offenders only have to wait two weeks to get care, as opposed to the previous 11-month wait. Healthy Transitions is now hailed as a state-wide best practice, and has reduced recidivism among participants to 10% as compared to the state 25% average. Before this program, ex-offenders were waiting up to 11 months to get care; now, the wait time is only two weeks.

Increased access to pre-kindergarten programming in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA – IMPACT made steady progress on education issues at their March 2010 Nehemiah Action. The Charlottesville City School Board and Albemarle County Bright Stars officials agreed to increase access to public Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) education for local low-income three- and four-year-olds by ensuring that 85-95% of children enrolled in public Pre-K are low-income. Pre-K refers to formal educational programming that has proven to prepare children to better succeed in kindergarten when properly implemented. In addition, the City of Charlottesville raised the total number of three-year-old classes from three to five, beginning in the 2010-2011 school year. Albemarle County maintained funding for all existing Pre-K programs and added one four-year-old classroom in spite of potential budget cuts.

Access to language services for 25,000

Charlottesville, VA – In 2010, the Charlottesville City and Albemarle County Police Departments and the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail committed to providing equal access to language services for an estimated 25,000 community members with limited English proficiency. By November 2010, Chief Longo reported that the City of Charlottesville Police Department had implemented their Limited English Proficiency policy the previous February and they had trained leaders on the policy. They are now tracking language access use and the policy has been received positively by both officers and the public. Additionally, Colonel Matthews, Superintendent of the Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Jail, reported that the Regional Jail has updated their management systems to begin tracking language access issues.

Dental clinic hires dentist, reduces wait-list and wait time

Charlottesville, VA – As a result of IMPACT’s 2008 Nehemiah Action, with 2,000 people in attendance, the Charlottesville Free Clinic committed to hiring a dentist by March 2009 to begin to serve over 1,000 people on local waiting lists for dental care. The Clinic fulfilled this commitment eight months ahead of schedule and received $230,000 in funding to hire an entire dental staff in addition to a full-time dentist. The waiting list has been reduced to 200 people and the wait time for emergency visits is now 1-2 weeks, down from an original wait of 2-3 years.

Housing opportunities grow in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA – As a result of IMPACT’S 1,600 person Nehemiah Action in 2007, the City of Charlottesville substantially increased their funding for affordable housing from $400,000 to 2.1 million dollars and a joint City-County-University of Virginia Task Force was created to increase housing opportunities for families who earn under $20,000 a year.