RE-LINK Program

RE-LINK Overview and Background
The Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) funding opportunity is a new OMH grant program aimed at demonstrating the effectiveness of multiple stakeholders within the public health system and community support system working together to implement a model transition process for minority and/or economically or environmentally disadvantaged re-entrants discharged from the jail to the community. This announcement does not include projects for individuals released from prison. The RE-LINK model will link community reentrants to community-based organizations that can provide support and access to health care, health care coverage, behavioral health, and social service supports. RE-LINK aims to develop comprehensive system coordination and navigation efforts that are culturally, linguistically, and trauma-informed.

Purpose:  The purpose of the RE-LINK program is to improve the health outcomes for minority reentrants in transition from jail to their communities.

Goals:

  • Improved coordination and linkages among criminal justice, public health, social service, and private entities to address health care and health care access of community re-entrants
  • Reduce health disparities experienced by the reentry and justice-involved population
  • Increase access to needed public health, behavioral health, health care coverage, and social services
  • Reduced recidivism

For more information, refer to the Executive Summary.