Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $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 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 grantee will utilize award funds to implement a program targeting moderate to high risk offenders who are homeless or in danger of being homeless. The overall project goal is to improve outcomes and reduce recidivism for adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders through screening/assessment of incarcerated individuals and the provision of appropriate evidence-based pre and post-release services and treatment. Grant funding will be used to acquire staff and assist in treatment and support services for participants (who do not qualify for other insurance options). Depending upon the individual, program length will range from a minimum of six months to a year or more. Program will have approximately 30 individuals (at any one time) or approximately 40 individuals per year (or around 80 over the two year grant period). Desired participant outcomes are be reduced recidivism, fewer jail days, and successful management of their disorders in the community.