Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $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 this program is to reduce recidivism and improve public safety and public health by providing screening, assessment, and pre- and post-release treatment for individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. This includes increasing screening and assessment for criminogenic risk and needs, substance use, and mental disorders in jails and prisons, improving the provision of integrated treatment to adults with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders pre- and post-release from incarceration, and developing reentry case plans that incorporate the results for risk and needs assessment, substance use disorders, and mental disorders to develop supervision program components.
The grantee will use funds towards the Second Chance for Sobriety program. The program goals are to decrease recidivism in participants who have co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders and to increase safety in Tarrant County. This program will serve 160 individuals.