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American Correctional Association 149th Congress of Correction

ACA logoHosted by the American Correctional Association, this annual conference provides an opportunity for corrections professionals to network, hone leadership skills, and learn about emerging technologies in the field.

Date: August 1–6, 2019
Boston, MA

Sessions will include presentations by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center staff, including:

“Integrating Best Practices from Corrections and Workforce Systems to Match Jobseekers to Services: Findings from the IRES Pilot Project”

The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies (IRES) pilot project tasked sites in Milwaukee County, WI, and Palm Beach County, FL, to operationalize the IRES framework and identify successful strategies for other communities looking to facilitate cross-systems collaboration and coordination among corrections, reentry, and workforce development agencies to reduce recidivism and increase job readiness for people returning from incarceration.

In this workshop, participants will learn about each site’s challenges and successes in developing collaborative case planning and integrating the efforts of criminal justice and workforce development systems. Participants of this workshop will also learn about Palm Beach County’s unique way of sharing individualized case plans and risk-need and job readiness assessment results between correctional staff and community service providers.


  • Andre Bethea, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, Washington, D.C.
  • Erica Nelson, Policy Analyst, The Council of State Governments Justice Center, Washington D.C.
  • Greg Halls, Policy Analyst, The Council of State Governments Justice Center, New York, New York
  • Jessica Hidalgo, Reentry Program Coordinator, Palm Beach County Public Safety Department, Palm Beach County, Florida

“Four Steps for Successful Reentry for People with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illnesses” 

This session will outline and discuss reentry best practices for people with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illnesses (CSAMI). During the session, multiple sites will discuss their planning and implementation processes for the Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illnesses. This will include a discussion of common challenges and how jurisdictions around the country have overcome these barriers in providing correctional programming and connection to care for people with CSAMI.


  • Andre Bethea, Policy Advisor for Corrections, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice, Washington, DC
  • Sarah Wurzburg, Deputy Program Director, Behavioral Health, The Council of State Governments Justice Center, New York, New York
  • Jim Casey, PsyD, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Tennessee Department of Corrections, Nashville, Tennessee

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