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Supporting Substance-abusing Incarcerated Mothers in Recovery and Family Reunification

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $50,000)

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 Board of Regents of University of Wisconsin will use the grant funds to develop an 'in reach' program to help meet substance abuse and the child welfare service needs of mothers in jail as they transition back to the community. The goals of the project are to prevent re-occurring substance abuse and reduce recidivism by assisting women in seeking substance abuse treatment immediately upon release, and to assist these mothers in maintaining connection or reconnecting with their minor children during incarceration and reestablishing or initiating reunification efforts upon re-entry into the community.


Date Created: September 21, 2009