Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $600,000)
The Second Chance Act of 2007 provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail and returning to communities, including resources to address the myriad of needs of these offenders to achieve a successful return to their communities. Section 201 of the Second Chance Act authorizes federal awards to states, units of local government, and Indian tribes to improve the provision of treatment to adult offenders in prisons and jails during the period of incarceration and through the completion of parole or other court supervision after release into the community.
The goal of Section 201 of the Second Chance Act is to provide support to eligible applicants for the development and implementation of comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by reentry to increase public safety and reduce recidivism. The objectives of this program are to provide offenders with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders with appropriate evidence-based services, including addressing individual criminogenic needs, based on a reentry plan that relies on a risk and needs assessment that reflects the risk of recidivism for that offender. Funds may be used for treating co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders in prison and jail programs, providing recovery support services, reentry planning and programming, and post-release treatment and aftercare programming in the community through the completion of parole or court supervision.
The grant recipient will use the grant to support the MISSION Integrated Re-Entry And Peer Support (MISSION-I RAPS) program. The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism for offenders with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. To meet the goal the grantee will: (1) increase effective state level interagency partnerships; (2) incorporate evidence-based risk/needs assessments; (3) link probation and parole in re-entry plans and cross-training; and (4) integrate healthcare access. Program design involves identification and linkages to Re-entry Service and Peer Support Specialist (RSS/PSS) teams that will provide three months pre-release and six months post-release services targeting co-occurring disorders and criminogenic factors through evidence-based treatment. The target population includes 100 higher-risk female and male offenders with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.