Community of Practice: Re-entry for Youth with Developmental Disabilities

Grantee: Cornell University, Yang Tan Institute

Grant Summary:

Through this five-year grant, Cornell University will develop, implement, and evaluate a New York Statewide Community of Practice (CoP) on Reentry for Youth with Developmental Disabilities. For this grant, reentry is defined as a process that helps justice-involved youth (ages 14-24) transition out of detention facilities and back into community settings in a safe and productive manner. Members of the CoP will participate in events ranging from a “prepare to launch” event to ongoing technical assistance, all produced by Cornell University. Building upon the CoP, Cornell University will develop and oversee up to four (4) county-level grant projects tasked primarily with establishing reentry support programs for justice-involved youth with I/DD, and other disabilities. The expectation is that reentry programs will help reduce a youth’s future involvement with the justice system and encourage systematic partnerships that support the successful re-integration of youth into the community. The DDPC therefore anticipates that youth with I/DD and other disabilities will be given more opportunities to gain education and employment-related skills as a result of this project.

Learn more about this project by visiting Y-ReCONNECTS

Key Activities:

  • Conduct a landscape research analysis
  • Create a Project Advisory Board
  • Establish a Statewide Community of Practice on Reentry for Youth with Developmental Disabilities and a Technical Assistance Support Center
  • Conduct a competitive application process leading to the identification of the four (4) counties as Community of Practice grantees
  • Compile a Comprehensive Final Report and a toolkit highlighting practical strategies for establishing successful reentry programming supports

Total Funding: $1,500,000

Project Length: 5 years

Project Start: April 1, 2019

Geographic Reach: Statewide

Current Status: Active