Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $650,000)
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. This includes 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 provide pre and post-release services for those with co-occurring disorders for a comprehensive reentry program. Services will include medical treatment and counseling, temporary and permanent housing assistance, assistance in enrolling for medical insurance/benefits programs, job/skills training and employment services and various other services. The goal is to serve 188 reentering individuals per year, approximately 564 total over the project period. Collectively, these strategies meet unfunded needs and will serve to reduce recidivism.