The SCA Adult Demonstration Program was designed to reduce recidivism among recently incarcerated adults at medium-to-high risk of recidivism. The program provided reentry services that included case management, education and training, employment assistance, treatment for substance use disorder, and mental health services.

The SCA Adult Demonstration Program was designed to reduce recidivism among recently incarcerated adults at medium-to-high risk of recidivism. The program provided reentry services that included case management, education and training, employment assistance, treatment for substance use disorder, and mental health services.

The SCA Adult Demonstration Program provided a wide range of reentry services to recently incarcerated adults. Although the provision of services varied by location, all participants received case management. Employment services were offered in all but one program location and included job-search and placement assistance; mentoring; and training that developed résumé writing, interviewing, and soft skills. Many locations offered participants cognitive behavioral therapy, treatment for substance use disorder, housing assistance, prosocial behavior training, and other mental health services. The duration of the intervention varied, with 62 percent of all participants receiving services for more than six months and 25 percent of all participants receiving services for more than one year. The SCA Adult Demonstration served adults who were incarcerated or had been incarcerated in the past 10 years and were classified as being at medium or high risk of recidivism. This intervention was implemented by state and local authorities in seven locations: Kentucky; Oklahoma; South Dakota; Allegheny County, PA; Marion County, OR; San Francisco, CA; and San Mateo County, CA.

Year evaluation began: 2011
Populations and employment barriers: Former incarceration, Justice system involvement
Intervention services: Case management, Education, Substance use disorder treatment and mental health services, Supportive services, Training, Soft skills training, Work readiness activities, Job search assistance
Setting(s): Tested in multiple settings

Effectiveness Rating and Effect By Outcome Domain

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Outcome domain Term Effectiveness rating Effect in 2018 dollars and percentages Effect in standard deviations Sample size
Increase earnings Short-term Little evidence to assess support favorable $1,025 per year 0.05 956
Long-term Supported favorable $6,233 per year 0.30 754
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term Little evidence to assess support favorable 0% (in percentage points) 0.01 957
Long-term Little evidence to assess support favorable 3% (in percentage points) 0.06 755
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Decrease benefit receipt Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase education and training All measurement periods No evidence to assess support

Studies of this Intervention

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Study Quality Rating Study Counts per Rating
High High 1