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City of Dallas Family-Based Substance Abusing Adult Offenders Treatment Program

Award Information

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Awardee County
Dallas County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $291,690)

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 city of Dallas in creating a Family-Based Substance Abusing Adult Offenders Treatment Program will use funds to facilitate the successful reintegration of substance abusing persons with minor children and families detained and those being released from the Dallas County Jail System. The program will address 200 cohorts and ultimately serve 75 higher-risk adult offenders who have been diagnosed as substance abusers and have minor children and families. The program offers a high degree of collaboration with the Dallas County Jail and its partner facility, Parkland Hospital. Parkland Hospital is the major public health facility in Dallas County; Parkland will provide pre-release services for co-occurring mental disorders, substance abuse, and family services through its Jail Health Program. The program and its partners will offer effective case assessment and management abilities to provide a comprehensive and continuous reentry process, in providing pre-release and post-release services, including, but not limited to employment development and family counseling.


Date Created: September 19, 2010