Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Can you tell me about your program?
A. The Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (RISE) has created a network of agencies and programming to provide supportive services to individuals who have been convicted, sentenced and incarcerated. Through direct service and partnerships with other agencies, RISE offers case management, substance misuse treatment, behavioral health services, educational services, vocational training, computer literacy and employment services.

Q. How long is the program?
A. RISE offers a variety of services and depending on the need of participant; the program can last up to twelve(12) months.

Q. I am unable to obtain employment because of my criminal record. How can RISE help me?
A. RISE provides employment services to those enrolled in our program. These services include Job Readiness Training (JRT), Computer Literacy Training, and Vocational Training.

Q. Can RISE get me a job?
A. RISE is not an employment agency. However, through the workforce development staff, RISE makes efforts to obtain sustainable jobs through our network of employers. Those that are enrolled in the RISE program and complying with all guidelines and recommendations are assisted with job placement and retention services. We are not able to guarantee that you will obtain a job.

Q. If I am on probation, parole or in a halfway house can I participate in the RISE program?
A. Yes, RISE works closely with the Department of Corrections as well as Adult Probation and Parole.

Q. What are the eligibility criteria for the RISE program?
A. RISE provides services to individuals who have been incarcerated within the past five(5) years and/or are currently on probation/ parole. Individuals with convictions for sex offenses or arson related charges will not qualify for the RISE program. We do our best to provide referrals for those who are ineligible.

Q. If I have an open case am I eligible for the program?
A. No, RISE cannot provide services to you until your case has been finalized.

Q. If I reside outside of Philadelphia, can I attend the program?
A. No, you must be a resident of Philadelphia with proof of address to enroll in the RISE program.

Q. I do not have transportation to get to and from RISE, can you assist me?
A. When enrolled in RISE training classes, tokens will be provided to ensure you are able to attend daily.

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