Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $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.
Safer Foundation will use grant funds to provide pre-release services at two Adult Transition Centers (ATC) in Chicago, Illinois. These facilities give qualified prisoners with 6-24 months left on their sentence the opportunity to gradually transition to the community. Post-release services will be provided throughout Cook County, Illinois. Safer Foundation anticipates that the majority of program participants will reenter into 10 Chicago-area high-poverty neighborhoods. The target population is adult male residents of Crossroads and North Lawndale ATCs with substance use disorders. Safer anticipates serving 190-250 ATC residents during the project period.