In 2009, Integrated Recovery Network's Mentoring Program was awarded The Second Chance Act Grant. The program is designed to provide a comprehensive action plan for mentally ill adults who have been incarcerated, prior to their release from jail. The Second Chance Act facilitates successful re-entry and promotes public safety by reducing the crime rate inherent in recidivism. So far, Integrated Recovery Network has been able to provide mentoring and supportive services to clients though case management and volunteers to over sixty-four clients.
As a part of the "Add Us In" initiative by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, Integrated Recovery Network works to find and create effective models for small businesses to use to recruit and hire those with disabilities. Our partners in this initiative include the South Coast Workforce Investment Board, Los Angeles County Business Federation, USC Department of Occupational Therapy, Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, and Homeboy Industries. Please visit http://www.dol.gov/odep/Addusin/.
The grant's focus is on small business owners, including those who are of a racial minority, LGBT community, women, veterans, or those with disabilities. Along with our consortium, we are striving to find a solution that is effective to small business owners and consumers. Once established, the model will be able to be implemented nationally and help many people with disabilities find jobs and careers. According to recent data from the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2012, the percentage of individuals with disabilities participating in the labor force was 20.1 percent compared with 69.3 percent for individuals with no disabilities¹.
Over 75% of Integrated Recovery Network's clients have disabilities.
For a full list of ADA defined disabilities please visit: http://askjan.org/media/atoz.htm.
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is a Joint Powers Authority established in 1993 as an independent agency by the County and the City of Los Angeles.² Integrated Recovery Network and LAHSA have been working together since 2010 to provide comprehensive case management and appropriate housing for clients re-entering their communities from the criminal justice system.