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Workforce Development and Daycare: Reducing Barriers for Substance Abusing Women Offenders and their Children

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The McDermott Center, doing business as Haymarket Center, will use the FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Award to (1) improve public safety and reduce recidivism among mothers with criminal justice backgrounds through the provision of workforce development services, and (2) improve health outcomes and prevent juvenile delinquency among the women's children. To accomplish these goals, Haymarket Center will provide workforce development services to adult substance-abusing female ex-offenders who are mothers of children five years old or younger. Through this grant project, mothers with criminal backgrounds will be enrolled in Haymarket's job readiness, placement, and retention program at the Ann F. Baum Family Enrichment Center (FEC). Haymarket anticipates that 60 children will be placed into its Wholly Innocents Day Care where they will be screened for developmental disabilities. All children placed in day care will participate in Building Blocks, a substance abuse prevention program for young children.


Date Created: September 20, 2009