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					                Prison Discharge Planning Subcommittee Meeting Minutes
                                     October 8, 2008
                                   CSH Illinois Office
                 Chair: Pamela Ward, Illinois Department of Corrections

Present: Amy Tarr (Trilogy), Bernadette O’Keefe (Trilogy), Dorenda Dixon (CCDOC),
Fenlis Jefferson (A Safe Haven), Flora Koppel (Unity Parenting), Jerry Goldstein (AIDS
Foundation of Chicago), Jose Sifuentes (City of Chicago), Katie Milton (Unity
Parenting), Leslie Levy (City of Chicago), Sharronne Ward (Grand Prairie Services),
Drea Hall (Chicago Coalition for the Homeless), Andy Brower (Thresholds), Eileen
Subak (League of Women Voters), Julie Perrigan (Emergency Fund), John Fallon (CSH),
Kevin Foss (CSH)


The Corrections sub committee meeting was convened immediately after the presentation
made by Ellen Myers, Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs of the Secretary of
State’s office. The Secretary of State (SOS) staff made a simultaneous presentation to
both Jails and Corrections sub-committees. Securing an Identification card was listed as a
primary barrier to successful community reentry during the countywide forum. SOS
distributed handouts concerning, acceptable identification documents, statewide Circuit
Clerk listing, statewide hearing officer facility locations and national contact listings for
birth certificates. Other notable points of interest from the presentation were:
      ID cards without activity for two years requires 1st time applicant requirements
      Disabled ID cards are free but requires a doctor’s signature; there are five
       classifications of disabled.
      Informal hearings are free at each Secretary of State’s office, the driving record
       can be accessed on the spot, takes 48 hours to resolve
      IDOC has requested an MOU agreement with the Social Security Administration
       that will pilot select institutions in the state. This MOU will allow counselors to
       work with offenders to apply for their social security cards while incarcerated.
As a final point of interest, the question was raised concerning the possibility of SOS
Illinois establishing satellite stations at the four IDOC reception and classification
centers. It was commented that Indiana SOS has such an operation and it significantly
minimizes the identification barrier. It was responded that Illinois doesn’t yet have the
technical capability to establish such satellite locations.
        The Corrections sub-committee members completed a quick introduction of the
agency they represented. Each member gave a thumbnail sketch of their organization and
briefly stated an area of interest related to the Corrections population. Committee
members are interested in:


       Skilled programs while incarcerated
       A centralized system of care, recovery management
       How to garner support from legislators
       Partnering with a University to evaluate and record measurable outcomes


The agency/ organization questionnaire was distributed to the committee. This
questionnaire highlights the most serious barriers in working with IDOC clients, IDOC
referrals etc. The results will be discussed at the November meeting.
It was mutually agreed that at the November meeting:
       an actual recipient of services (IDOC homeless) would make a presentation
       Also an IDOC information fact would be shared in order to give the committee
        members a complete understanding of IDOC and how it works.
       Committee members would review the current practices of their organization and
        discuss how IDOC could be included at the table sooner.


Meeting adjourned.


Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 12 3:00-5:00pm, CSH Office 205 W Randolph,
23rd Floor

				
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