Idaho Department of Correction Reentry Services is tasked with easing transitions back into the community after incarceration. Their educational staff provide a pre-release course that covers life skills like budgeting, applying for employment and discussing a felony conviction, as well as effectively communicating with a probation and parole officer. Additionally, individuals who are identified as having a high-level of needs, such as those with severe mental illness or who lack housing, are referred to a reentry specialist. Reentry specialists help bridge the chasm from prison to the community by collaborating with prison-based case managers, and with probation and parole officers, to create a comprehensive case plan tailored to the individuals. Reentry specialists typically provide direct services for approximately 90 days after they are released to the community. However, individuals with a sudden change (e.g., a person on parole has lost their housing) can approach a reentry specialists for assistance in finding new resources.
Services include health and dental care for those in need, education and vocational programs
to support workforce skills, crisis intervention and case management, as well as shelters and housing