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Improving Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Outcomes for Adults in Reentry Program

A Second Chance Act Program


The Improving Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Outcomes for Adults in Reentry Program is one of the Second Chance Act (SCA) programs supported through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

This program supports nonprofit organizations and state, local, and tribal governments as they work to establish, expand, or improve evidence-based, culturally relevant programs to address the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery support needs of people during incarceration and reentry.

This program also encourages the inclusion of medication-assisted treatment as part of any SUD treatment protocol. It also aims to improve the continuity of treatment between corrections and the community to reduce recidivism, expand access to evidence-based treatment, promote long-term recovery, and, in the process, improve public safety and public health.

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Use validated tools to screen all individuals entering a corrections setting for substance use and assess those that screen positive for SUDs.
  • Provide evidence-based SUD treatment services to individuals in prisons and jails.
  • Provide prison-based family SUD treatment programs to incarcerated parents of minor children and pregnant/postpartum women.
  • Provide recovery support services that start pre-release and continue through the reentry process.

Program Funding

There are not currently any funding opportunities available through this program. See the Past Funding section of our site for access to previous opportunities and awards made through this program.

Successful Applications

See the Successful Applications section of our site for examples of project narratives associated with applications that have successfully received funding through this and other BJA programs. 

Training and Technical Assistance

In support of SCA grantees around the country, the BJA-supported National Reentry Resource Center works collaboratively with SCA technical assistance providers. These agencies provide on- and off-site training and technical assistance (TTA) to the government agencies and nonprofit organizations that receive grants under the provisions of the SCA.

Additionally, BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center provides no-cost TTA on a variety of criminal justice topics to improve the knowledge and skills of criminal justice professionals. Agencies interested in receiving TTA can submit a request through an online application.

Date Created: December 19, 2023