The 2012 Missouri Reentry Conference will be held November 14-16 at Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Conference's theme will be "Faces of Reentry."
The annual Conference provides high-quality education and networking opportunities for corrections professionals and community-based partners who contribute to the prisoner reentry process. The multiple tracks format offers a self-directed, facilitated learning environment with education sessions, interactive forums, and exhibits. Education sessions are carefully designed to transcend all industry sectors, focusing on current and emerging issues, best practices, and the many challenges that the community, corrections staffs, and ex-offenders face. This year's keynote speakers are Robbie Montgomery and her son Tim Norman from Sweetie Pie's Restaurants in St. Louis, who will speak about Tim's own incarceration and the importance of giving second chances to ex-offenders.
The Conference is sponsored by ARCHS, Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Social Services, and Family and Community Trust (FACT). Each year more than 300 people attend the conference.
$110 special conference registration fee per person (includes conference materials, welcome reception, two breakfasts and a lunch). Does not include hotel rooms. The registration fee increases to $125 per registrant after October 12, including on-site registrations. Walk-ins are not encouraged. CEUs planned to be awarded. Please register for the sessions you plan to attend.
Tan Tar A Reservations:
$62 special Tan-Tar-A room rate per person, per night. Discounted room rates will be honored through October 31. Make reservations by calling 1-800-826-8272, or by clicking the link below. Ask for the "arch" room rate or type it in as the Group ID if registering online.
This is a FREE session co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library's Grants & Foundation Center and ARCHS.
Through the Children's Trust Fund grant, ARCHS will use a combination of evidence-based models to enhance its Stay at Home Parent program (SAHP) by targeting families who are at a higher risk of child abuse and neglect. ARCHS' SAHP program has been highly successful for more than 10 years and provides monthly in-home visits to more than 50 families per year.
In an effort to help at-risk families discover how stress affects their daily lives, ARCHS and its program providers will address the following topics through monthly support meetings:
- Low cost healthy family meal options
- Health and safety around creating a safe home environment
- Literacy and vocabulary building activities that parents can teach their children
- How to make best use of existing resources available within their communities
- How to take advantage of free and low cost activities to do with their children
Update on Recent Layoffs:
Impact of Cuts:
The recent $1.5 million state budget reduction to ARCHS (related to funding for start up and expansion and accreditation of early childhood centers) will result in the organization not being able to strategically assist in the opening of at least 10 new child care centers, to provide technical assistance to another 55 centers, and support the accreditation of at least 15 additional centers during FY2013
On June 19, ARCHS informed nine staff members they would be laid off due to state budget cuts and other declining funding related to early childhood, grades K-12, and family/community education programming.
“These talented staff members are having to leave ARCHS due to no fault of their own, and with many positive accolades for their hard work and many achievements,” said Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer. “ARCHS will do everything it can to help these smart, experienced, and caring professionals find other positions.”
ARCHS is also proactively working to support the programs that are not being refunded. On June 16, ARCHS hosted a “Sustainability Workshop” for the owners and directors (shown in picture to the right) of the 80 child care centers ARCHS will no longer be able to support through technical assistance and professional development.
The workshops offered information on how to access resources in the community to assist the centers with quality improvement, business planning, marketing, licensing and accreditation efforts, after their relationship with ARCHS is suspended.
On May 23, KSDK-TV did a feature on the impact of the state budget cuts on these specific ARCHS’ programs. ARCHS continues to pursue other funding sources to support the programs impacted by these cuts.
It is important to note that ARCHS' other well respected programming will continue in FY2013 with a focus on early childhood (stay at home parents and Educare), after school, juvenile justice mentoring, elementary student vision screenings, youth development, prisoner reentry, Missouri HealthNet outreach, and adult life skills.
More information about the impact of these cuts will be posted on ARCHS’ Facebook account and in July’s newsletter.