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Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Second Chance Act Project

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Los Angeles
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $600,000)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison, 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.

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health will use grant funds to administer the Comprehensive Adult Reentry (CARE) Program. The goal of this program is to improve substance abuse and mental health treatment services to individuals with high risk of recidivism and chronic co-occurring disorders by providing intensive, integrative, evidence-based treatment interventions that will ensure successful reintegration into the community and long-term stability. The CARE program will target non-AB 109 offenders that have chronic co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders and are mandated to felony probation upon release, with priority attention given to those at high risk for recidivism, including those who are chronically homeless.


Date Created: September 22, 2014