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SAMHSA Critical Connections: Strategies for Fostering Engagement and Retention among People Reentering the Community from Prison or Jail

When: August 31, 2022, from 11:00-12:30 PST

Description: The weeks following release from jail or prison can be among the most deadly for people with mental and substance use disorders. Establishing a meaningful connection with these individuals is critical to their survival, continuity of treatment and care, long-term success in their recovery, and the prevention of further justice involvement. This webinar presents three programs with demonstrated success in engagement and retention of clients in treatment and services through the transition from incarceration to the community. 


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Describe three organizational strategies to enable programs to better engage and retain clients throughout the reentry process.
  • List three direct-service practices staff can implement to enhance client engagement and retention in services.
  • Note ways that engagement and retention strategies may be similar or different based on rural or urban locations.


  • Steve Adami, MPA, Director, Reentry Division, San Francisco Adult Probation Department, California
  • Destiny Pletsch, MPA, Reentry Services Manager, San Francisco Adult Probation Department, California
  • Victoria Westbrook, Reentry Policy Planner, Women’s Gender Responsive Coordinator, San Francisco Adult Probation Department, California
  • Enrique Manrique, Project Director, Serving Children & Adults in Need (SCAN), Laredo, Texas
  • Lu-Anne Haukaas Lopez, Sicangu Lakota Oyate and Mestiza, Senior Learning & Development Advisor, Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska

Chet Adkins, Yupik, Reentry Coordinator and Learning and Development Specialist, Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska