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Jail-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $850,000)

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 Iowa Jail-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Project (J-BT Project) under this earmark will deliver and evaluate substance abuse treatment services to selected offenders during incarceration and after release from four of Iowa's county jails. Sheriff's offices, and jail staff and treatment agencies will continue to work in concert with district attorneys, judges and defense attorneys to provide a seamless treatment process. The J-BT Project goals are: (1) to increase each offender's knowledge of substance abuse and reduce anti-social thinking, criminal behavior, and the negative effects of substance abuse; (2) to achieve and maintain a 90 percent utilization rate within each program component; (3) to achieve a successful completion rate of 50 percent for the In-jail portion of the substance treatment program; (4) to achieve a 90 percent retention rate of offenders participating in continuing care 30 days after release from facility; and (5) to achieve a 70 percent employment rate (full or part time) of offenders at 6 month follow-up.


Date Created: September 2, 2009