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Substance abuse treatment for women with children, both during incarceration and following release, to include residential treatment services

Award Information

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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.

The State of New Hampshire Department of Justice, in partnership with Keystone Hall and its affiliates through Harbor Homes, will provide services to incarcerated women with children. These women will either be at the New Hampshire State Prison for Women, the Hillsborough County jail, the Merrimack County jail, the Strafford County jail, or Shea Farm, a halfway house for women. Initially, they will be provided with substance use disorder treatment with a focus on family. Contact will commence six months prior to release with services to be administered pre- and post-release. Potential clients will be screened using the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs' Quick ("GAIN-Q") and a minimum of 50 clients will be admitted to the program in the first year and 50 in the second year months. Under the grant funds, they will be offered substance use disorder treatment, mental health assessment and counseling, employment and housing assistance, extensive inpatient treatment if warranted, child care and family reunification counseling.


Date Created: September 19, 2010