10/15/19

COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPROVE ENHANCED REENTRY PROGRAM FOR INCARCERATED VETERANS ADVOCATED BY SUPERVISORS GASPAR AND DESMOND

SUPERVISOR KRISTIN GASPAR

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Contacts: Itica Milanes 619-307-1793 itica.milanes@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

PRESS RELEASE

10-15-19

COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPROVE ENHANCED REENTRY PROGRAM FOR INCARCERATED VETERANS ADVOCATED BY SUPERVISORS GASPAR AND DESMOND

San Diegans admire and deeply appreciate the selflessness and sacrifice made by our military veterans. We also understand the trauma that can occur during combat and the devastating long-term effects it can have on them. Left untreated, trauma can lead to problems like addiction, homelessness, and committing crimes where they end up in jail. Last June, Supervisor Jim Desmond and I requested that our Chief Administrative Officer address the gaps discovered in the Veterans Moving Forward (VMF) program that was designed to support these men as they transition out of jail, back into society. With the blessing of the rest of the Board of Supervisors, our CAO identified a framework for those in the VMF program that will include a peer support team to increase connections to services, reduce recidivism with assistance to affordable housing, care coordination, and increased opportunities for vocational training for local veterans.

Supervisor Gaspar said, “It is so important to ensure that those who bravely served our country have a comprehensive system that will help them reintegrate into society in a safe environment that allows them to heal, rehabilitate and access resources that will make them whole and self-sufficient once again.”

“Quote from Supervisor Desmond”

The VMF program is an incentive-based housing unit for veterans held at the Vista Detention Facility, in which a living environment of responsibility and accountability is promoted. The program provides a structured environment for them to draw upon the positive aspects of their shared military culture.