Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,300,000)
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) seeks funding through the BJA COSSAP grant for the purposes of treating substance use disorder (SUD) sufferers, providing transitional housing to SUD sufferers, and embedding peers at multiple stages of the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM). PCSO serves Pulaski County, the most urban county in Arkansas with 400,000 inhabitants and 800 square miles of area. The PCSO Reentry Program will implement the proposal in Pulaski County. PCSO was awarded a 2019 COSSAP grant, but this application represents a substantively different proposal as it focuses on Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSS), Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), and transitional housing.
Salary for additional PCSO Reentry staff represents the largest portion of the requested funds, at 55%. This funds four additional staff: a grant administrator, a Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC), and two PRSS. The grant administrator will spend 100% of their time administering this program, expanding the partnership network, and developing new funding sources to continue the program after the award expires. The SAC and the PRSS’s will be embedded at multiple intercepts in the SIM as detailed in the grant narrative. Expected outcomes include program self-sufficiency stemming from the grant administrator’s funding efforts and increased support at multiple stages of SIM for SUD sufferers. Much of this support will occur at the PCSO Regional Detention Facility (PCSO RDF) in the form of 30 additional sessions per week for each additional counselor.
The next largest requested expenditure funds pre-release evidence-based SUD treatment at the PCSO RDF at 21%. MAT represents the bulk of these costs, but grant monies will also fund evidence-based curriculum materials for courses such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The PCSO contracts with Turn Key Health for all medical services in the PCSO RDF and will continue to do so with MAT as detailed in the grant narrative. The requested monies will fund MAT for approximately 150 people.
Lastly, the PCSO requests funds for transitional and recovery housing at 11% of the grant. These monies will fund approximately 225 months of housing for SUD sufferers post-release. The PCSO leverages existing partnerships with many facilities to extend the impact of these funds as detailed in the grant narrative.
If successful, this proposal will significantly expand the reach and depth of services the PCSO offers to justice-involved Arkansan sufferers of SUD.
 All reported funding %’s do not reflect the indirect costs of 12.5%.