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BestSelf Substance Use Disorders Reentry Initiative

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Competitive Discretionary
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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $900,000)

The Improving Reentry for Adults with Substance Use Disorders Program improves provision of services to offenders with substance use disorders when they leave incarceration to reenter the community, which in turn will help to reduce recidivism, promote public safety and recovery.

The purpose of the program is to enhance corrections systems’ ability to address the substance use treatment needs of offenders in order to reduce recidivism, promote recovery, and, in the process, to improve public safety and public health.

BestSelf will use funds to expand evidenced-based treatment services in the two county jails, as well as in the community. BestSelf will use a newly established reentry support center called Service Link Stop, which is located adjacent to a jail in downtown Buffalo, and within the offices of the Erie County Department of Mental Health. The BestSelf initiative is projected to serve 300 individuals who are incarcerated in the jail, and an additional 60 individuals placed on pre-trial supervision and/or probation.


Date Created: October 22, 2020