Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $568,753)
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.
Douglas County will use funds to administer the Matrix program which is an intensive community corrections program. The program will incorporate evidence-based individual and group therapy, relapse prevention, family and social support intervention, along with intensive case management. Participants will be immersed in programming and service delivery prior to their release, and they will follow-up with outpatient treatment programs for offenders who have been diagnosed with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. The Matrix program seeks to serve offenders in Douglas County who are assessed as having a moderate to high risk of reoffending and who have been diagnosed with co-occurring disorders.