The Osborne Association
809 Westchester Avenue Bronx, NY 10455
(718) 707-2642 (Phone)
(718) 707-3102 (Fax)
The Osborne Association has provided a broad range of treatment, educational, vocational, advocacy and family services for people affected by incarceration, including formerly incarcerated men and women, and their children and family members. Osborne is committed to serving currently and formerly incarcerated people who are at risk for, or living with, HIV/AIDS/HCV.
Grant Project Information
HIV/AIDS Health Improvement for Reentering Ex-Offenders Initiative (HIRE) Program
The primary objective of the project is the successful reintegration of formerly-incarcerated individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and to a lesser extent with HCV and other chronic health challenges. The secondary goal is to enhance and improve the systems by which integrated community-based health, social, and support services for reentry populations are delivered through collaborative relationships. The management of HIV/AIDS/HCV is often overwhelming to individuals involved in the criminal justice system, and these individuals face challenges when reentering society. There is a lack of programs both in prisons and in the community to educate and serve reentering individuals who are at risk for, or coping with, HIV/AIDS/HCV. This project will target men incarcerated in New York’s largest reentry prison, the Queensboro Correctional Facility, who are returning to neighborhoods in NYC within 30 to 45 days. They plan to implement the following strategies/practices or interventions: provide family-focused reentry services (beginning while incarcerated and continuing after release) for men returning from Queensboro, provide HIV prevention information, offer comprehensive, year-long, transition planning and case management that includes both high quality medical care, as well as other reentry needs for housing, employment, behavioral/mental health treatment and family support. Specifically, Osborne will provide outreach to approximately 350-400 individuals at Queensboro per year, conduct a campaign to increase the number of HIV tests conducted in Queensboro to 400 individuals and enroll 75 individuals in pre-release discharge planning and post-release case management services. Osborne hopes to address individual-level factors that contribute to health disparities within racial/ethnic minority populations. They subsequently expect the following outcomes:
- Increased prevention knowledge on certain diseases,
- To provide services related to case management that will increase compliance with medical appointments and treatments,
- To offer stable housing,
- Reduced reconvictions,
- Improved social functioning and
- To facilitate the participants’ engagement in vocational or educational services.
The primary performance measure is a questionnaire that will assess knowledge, behavior modification, certain perceptions, among other things. In addition, a questionnaire called the Global Assessment of Functioning will determine an individual’s social, occupational, and psychological functioning. Also, Discharge Plans will serve as individual measures for monitoring each participant’s progress toward better health practices and healthcare access. The Osborne Association will conduct an outcome evaluation through the use of the previous described tools, as well as other client-specific data and outcome data.
OMH objective(s) toward which the project’s results most contribute:
- Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
- Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)