Developing a family-focused relational database for prisoner re-entry that bridges assessment and case management

On a given day, 2.2 million people are incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails; 97 percent of them will return to families and communities at some point. Helping communities meet the complex needs of these families requires a thorough, systematic understanding of the families' strengths, as well as their sources of community support. Family Justice pioneered a family-focused model of working with ex-offenders and their families in lower Manhattan through a project called Bodega de la Familia. The Bodega model shifts the focus from individual to family case management and from deficits to strengths. The Bodega model focuses on the intersection of prisoner re-entry and public health issues, and addresses key issues such as substance abuse, mental health, child welfare, and family violence that affect the whole family and the neighborhoods in which they live. Interest in the Bodega model is increasing nationally. To facilitate dissemination of the Bodega model, there is a need for a database system that uses the family as the unit of analysis. Current clinical case management databases were not designed effectively to depict family relationships or relationships with community organizations across families, do not allow for family data aggregation, and lack sophisticated multidimensional reporting capabilities. This grant provides support for planning the key components of an information management system and testing the system separately in two different communities. The database tool will be refined and made available as a template for government and nonprofit organizations serving similar populations. The development of this information system will improve the capacity of organizations to utilize a family case management approach and to aggregate data to evaluate their effectiveness.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $170,444.00

Awarded on: 11/14/2005

Time frame: 12/1/2005 - 8/31/2007

Grant Number: 55801


Family Justice Inc.

625 Broadway, 8th Floor
New York, 10012-2641


Carol Shapiro
Project Director