Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $599,534)
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 servicesincluding addressing individual criminogenic needsbased 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 operate a treatment program that will target 60 male inmates. The program will: 1) implement a new assessment tools to improve identification, risks and needs of incoming inmates with co-occurring disorders; 2) provide specialized treatment and case management (pre- and post-release); allowing the institutional staff to respond with clinical intervention and the post-release case managers to rapidly respond to issues that could otherwise result in relapse to substance use and criminal behavior and recidivism; upgrade and increase case management; and 3) create a robust after-care program offering continued treatment supported by social services. These services will include supportive case management, reentry groups, peer mentoring, referrals to medical care, referrals to enroll in basic benefits, mental health/substance abuse treatment, employment training, education, and transportation.