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No Violence Alliance One Family Reentry Initiative (NoVA-OFRI)

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Awardee County
San Francisco
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $300,000)

The Second Chance Act (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of parents who are incarcerated as well as their families. Research has shown that children may benefit from maintaining healthy relationships with their incarcerated parents. Section 113 of the Second Chance Act authorizes grants to states, units of local government, and Indian tribes to improve the provision of substance abuse treatment within prison and jails and after reentry for inmates who have minor children and also includes outreach to families and provision of treatment and other services to children and other family members of participant inmates. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will fund eligible applicants to plan, implement, or expand such treatment programs.

The Family-Based Prisoner Substance Abuse Treatment Program enhances the capability of states and tribes to provide substance abuse treatment for incarcerated parents; prepares offenders for their reintegration into the communities from which they came by incorporating reentry planning activities into treatment programs; and assists offenders and their communities through the reentry process through the delivery of community-based treatment and other broad-based aftercare services. Projects will provide prison-based substance abuse treatment and parenting programs for incarcerated parents of minor children, as well as treatment and other services to the participating offenders minor children and family members. Programming must be targeted to inmates with minor children and include services for these inmates, their minor children, and other family members. By law, no less that 5 percent of the funds available for the Family-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Program will be used for grants to Indian Tribes.

San Francisco Sheriff's Department will use the grant funds to support the No Violence Alliance One Family Reentry Initiative (NoVA-OFRI). The project will provide comprehensive, family-focused continuum consists of nine components that span from in-custody to post-release treatment, and will include the following: (1) Screening and assessment; (2) intensive case management; (3) family mapping; (4) contact visitation; (5) parenting education; (6) family transition healing circles; (7) therapeutic services; (8) service coordination; (9) substance abuse treatment; and (10) evaluation. The project goals will be to: (1) Reduce recidivism among San Francisco's reentry population; (2) break the cycle of substance abuse and criminality; (3) support stable, healthy, unified families; (4) build capacity towards institutionalization of a coordinated, family-centered system that links experience in custody with services post release and is inclusive of the courts, probation, county jail and community based organizations.


Date Created: September 20, 2010