The Winona County Re-Entry Assistance Program was created in 2019 to provide targeted case management and direct client assistance funding for offenders transitioning from jail to the community. Check out the FAQs and click on the links below for a Program Overview, Funding Guidelines and related forms. The WRAP program is funded through two grants, one from the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs and another through the U. S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Most frequent questions and answers
The target population for the WRAP program includes individuals who are:
- Adults (18 years or older) AND
- Who have been booked into the Winona County Jail during the past year or are at risk of being incarcerated (which may include a pending criminal charge, probation violation, warrant, etc. AND
- Are at medium to high risk of recidivism AND
- Have identifiable criminogenic needs AND
- Have a mental health issue AND
- Are not disqualified due to a violent offense AND
- Are willing to participate in the program voluntarily OR
Are a participant in the Treatment Court of Winona County.
All individuals who are booked into the Winona County Jail are given an opportunity to apply for WRAP. Referrals are also welcomed from other sources, including self-referrals. A complete application package includes the following documents:
- Correctional Mental Health Screen (CMHS)-gender specific;
- Ohio Risk Assessment Community Supervision Screening Tool (ORAS-CSST);
- WRAP Application Form (indicating desire to participate and applicant’s desired services);
- WRAP Release of Information;
- WRAP Privacy Notice (provided to applicants)
Completed applications can be delivered to Trish Chandler, the Jail Intake Worker or sent to Kalene Engel, Grant Manager (email@example.com).
Completed applications are reviewed by the grant manager to determine whether the applicant meets the target population criteria (listed above). Applicants who are accepted to WRAP are assigned to a case management tracks: Early Intervention, Treatment Court, Probation, CHIPS Veteran’s Court, Public Defenders or MI/CD (Mental Illness/Chemical Dependency). People who could qualify under multiple “tracks” are assigned to the one that provides the most intensive case management. The assigned case manager is notified of the acceptance and invited to submit funding requests on behalf of the WRAP client.
WRAP clients are eligible for up to $1,250 in direct client assistance funding per year. Direct client assistance means funds that either remove barriers to successfully meeting a case plan goal or ease the burden of re-entry. WRAP funds are to be used as a last resort, after other funding possibilities have been explored and/or exhausted. Examples of direct client assistance funding that has been provided through WRAP include bus passes, rent payments, mental health evaluation costs and medical expenses. See the WRAP Funding Guidelines below for more information.
Funding requests MUST be made through a case manager using the WRAP Funding Request form. Any associated documentation, such as a lease agreement or bill must be provided with the Request form. No funding requests will be accepted directly from clients. This ensures that a WRAP client is working with and through a case manager to request funding for a need that is tied to their case plan. Funding requests can be sent to the grant manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Typically, requests for funding are processed within 1-2 business days.
Case managers of WRAP clients who receive funding must complete a quarterly data sheet (see forms below) regarding those clients by the 10th day following the end of the quarter (i.e. April 10th, July 10th, October 10th, January 10th).
- To decrease the recidivism rate of offenders through comprehensive evidence-based case management and the coordinated delivery of services.
- To increase the number of jail inmates who are screened for mental illness and risk of re-offense; and
- To increase service referrals provided to jail inmates through an interview, screening and needs assessment upon initial incarceration, even if the candidate does not require extensive reentry planning.