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WORKING WITH INCARCERATED NCPs TPOPS: TENNESSEE PARTNERSHIP FOR ONGOING PARENTAL SUPPORT ERICSA 50 th WORKING WITH INCARCERATED NCPs TPOPS: TENNESSEE PARTNERSHIP FOR ONGOING PARENTAL SUPPORT ERICSA 50 th Annual Training Conference & Exposition ▪ May 19 – 23 ▪ Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Florida

TPOPS - Tennessee Partnership for Ongoing Parental Support • DHS Child Support Division o TPOPS - Tennessee Partnership for Ongoing Parental Support • DHS Child Support Division o State of Tennessee, Department of Human Services • UTK o University of Tennessee, Knoxville • TDOC o Tennessee Department of Corrections • Local Community 3/16/2018 2

TPOPS Goals Short Term • NCP awareness of responsibilities • Connection with resources 3/16/2018 TPOPS Goals Short Term • NCP awareness of responsibilities • Connection with resources 3/16/2018 3

TPOPS Goals Intermediate • Maintain employment • Payment establishment 3/16/2018 4 TPOPS Goals Intermediate • Maintain employment • Payment establishment 3/16/2018 4

TPOPS Goals Long Term • Re-establish parent/child relationship • Long term payments • Break TPOPS Goals Long Term • Re-establish parent/child relationship • Long term payments • Break the cycle 3/16/2018 5

Demographic and Incarceration Profile of a Typical TPOPS Participant: • 32 years of age Demographic and Incarceration Profile of a Typical TPOPS Participant: • 32 years of age (mean age) • White/Caucasian and not of Hispanic/Latino descent • Has never been married (55. 8%) • Has no more than 2 children (72. 6%) • Did not complete high school but has a GED (63. 2%) • Is not a military veteran (93. 7%) • Does not have any prior incarcerations as an adult (63. 8%) • Has served 2 years of an 8 year sentence (median) • Is expected to be released from prison in 2. 3 months (median) 3/16/2018 6

TPOPS Participants’ Relationship Trends The majority of participants reported: • Communicating with their youngest TPOPS Participants’ Relationship Trends The majority of participants reported: • Communicating with their youngest non-custodial child at least a few times a month (55. 0%) • Generally getting along well with their child’s guardian (67. 8%) • Feeling extremely emotionally close to their non-custodial child (61. 5%) • Alcohol or drug use has not affected their ability to maintain relationships with their children (63. 9%) 3/16/2018 7

Challenges Child support offices face the following: • Lack of payments • Communication barriers Challenges Child support offices face the following: • Lack of payments • Communication barriers • Unable to locate NCPs • Performance measures 3/16/2018 8

Solutions Offered to Child Support Offices by TPOPS • Update TCSES o Location information Solutions Offered to Child Support Offices by TPOPS • Update TCSES o Location information o Payment commitments o Correct information impacts performance measures • Clearing House Release Report o “We are able to update our system that the NCP is no longer incarcerated without waiting for the next time we have it scheduled to review. We also have their parole officer information so we can obtain the NCP's current address and employer, and have a contact if the NCP failed to cooperate with our office. ” PW – Child Support Administrator 3/16/2018 9

Challenges Incarcerated NCPs face the following: • Payment issues • Communication • Arrears accrual Challenges Incarcerated NCPs face the following: • Payment issues • Communication • Arrears accrual • Legal challenges 3/16/2018 10

Solutions Available to NCPs through TPOPS Participation • Assessment and Intake o Identification of Solutions Available to NCPs through TPOPS Participation • Assessment and Intake o Identification of needs o Case assistance • Ongoing Support o Service referral o Driver’s license reinstatement • Child Support Education and Parenting Classes 3/16/2018 11

Child Support Education and Parenting Classes Topics include: Educating participants about child support basics Child Support Education and Parenting Classes Topics include: Educating participants about child support basics How child support is calculated Common legal concerns regarding child support How to successfully navigate the child support system Educating participants about how paying child support can help build positive relationships with their children • Tools to aid in communicating with children and their mothers • • • 3/16/2018 12

Outcomes Evaluation Findings From October 2009 through December 2011, child support payments from a Outcomes Evaluation Findings From October 2009 through December 2011, child support payments from a sample of 87 TPOPS participants totaled $74, 587. 12 3/16/2018 13

Outcomes Evaluation Findings Finding: TPOPS participants in the sample were slightly more likely to Outcomes Evaluation Findings Finding: TPOPS participants in the sample were slightly more likely to meet a greater proportion of their child support obligation than those in the NECX* comparison group (n=177; χ2=11. 04, p<. 10). *A comparison sample of inmates at NCEX (North East Regional Correctional Complex) were selected. This facility was chosen because of it’s geographic similarity to MCCX as well as the characteristics of its inmates.

Returning Citizens Components of Successful Re-Entry • Education • Partnership • Collaboration • Community Returning Citizens Components of Successful Re-Entry • Education • Partnership • Collaboration • Community Involvement • Employment 3/16/2018 15

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TPOPS: TENNESSEE PARTNERSHIP FOR ONGOING PARENTAL SUPPORT Monica Roush, Program Coordinator Martha Deaton, Program TPOPS: TENNESSEE PARTNERSHIP FOR ONGOING PARENTAL SUPPORT Monica Roush, Program Coordinator Martha Deaton, Program Coordinator Paul Campbell, DSW, Principal Investigator Amy Wilson Hardy , MSSW, LMSW, Program Evaluator Karen Homer, MS, Program Evaluator 3/16/2018 17

Contact Information For more information on program design, program delivery, program implementation, and evaluation: Contact Information For more information on program design, program delivery, program implementation, and evaluation: Paul Campbell, DSW Director, Research Professor [email protected] edu Amy Wilson Hardy, BS, MSSW, LMSW Research Associate II [email protected] edu Service Delivery: Monica Roush, TPOPS Coordinator 865 -964 -9190 mroush [email protected] edu Martha Deaton, TPOPS Coordinator 865 -385 -9528 mdeaton [email protected] edu 3/16/2018 18