Re-Entry Transition Plan
This planning guide was created specifically for those being released from custody in Orange County, CA. It is intended to be printed for use by those who are about to be released or have been released from custody within the last 24 hours.
The first thing to do when putting together a re‐entry plan is to make a list of the services you will need.
A successful transition depends on making sure your basic needs are met. Since no one knows your needs better than you do, it’s important to be very clear about what you’ll need and what is available to you.
Here are 9 questions to help you get ready for your transition from incarceration to the community.
1) Who is picking you up, and where will you go?
2) When will you check in with probation or parole for the first time? How will you get there?
3) Where will you be staying? How long will you be able to stay there?
4) What services are most important for you to access? Do you know how to get these services?
5) How will you support yourself? What steps do you need to take to get a job or get financial help?
6) Who can you rely on for emotional support?
7) What will you do for fun?
8) What is your plan for staying clean and sober?
9) Which of these questions was the most challenging to answer, and which do you need to resolve first?
To start thinking about your needs, you can use this checklist as a starting point and reference sheet.
Once you have a list, you can start planning how best to meet those needs.
|Potential Needs||Notes/Contact Information for Referrals|
CA ID/Driver License
Social Security Card
Rental Deposit Assistance
Low Income Rental Housing
Substance Abuse Treatment / Sober Housing
Communication (Phone, email, mailbox, etc.)
CalFresh (Food Stamps)
CalWORKS (TANF) or General Relief (GR)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Social Security Benefits (SSA)
Mental Health Services / Counseling
Substance Abuse Services
Job Training Programs
Continuing Education (GED / Community College)
My top 3 needs are: