Model Demonstration Coordination Center

Cohort 7 Model Demonstration Projects

Arizona State University

Project RISE (Re-entry Intervention & Support for Engagement)

Project Re-entry Intervention & Support for Engagement (RISE) focuses on developing a model for effective reentry of youth with disabilities from a long-term secure care facility back into schools, employment, and community programs.  This model demonstration project includes intensive educational programming, integrated transition services, and individualized aftercare for youth with disabilities. The proposed practices are based on the findings of an earlier federally funded project, the Arizona Detention Transition Project (ADTP). The results of this project suggested that youth with disabilities who received transition services in a short-term detention facility were more successful returning to school and less likely to be re-detained than those youth with disabilities who did not receive all of the practices.

The re-entry practices include:

intensive educational and vocational programming that follows Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Individualized Transition Plan (ITP) goals;

development of a Transition Portfolio for all youth with disabilities, and

individualized aftercare and community supports after release.  

Project RISE seeks to implement these re-entry practices for youth with disabilities in a long-term facility, the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC). In the current project, the transition practices used in the ADTP will be implemented in ADJC and the community in an effort to determine: Does implementation of Project RISE practices increase engagement and decrease recidivism for youth with disabilities released from ADJC?  Engagement will be measured by reenrollment and attendance in school, employment, and/or positive community activities at 30, 60, 90, and 120 days post-release. Recidivism will be measured by new charges, parole violations, and re-detainment at 30, 60, 90, and 120 days post-release. Each collaborating local school will provide data on inputs and outputs of re-entry practices.

Contact Information

Dr. Sarup Mathur
Principal Investigator
Arizona State University


Dr. Heather Griller Clark
Co-Principal Investigator
Arizona State University

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