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Department of Justice: Second Chance Act: Adult Reentry Education, Employment, Treatment and Recovery Program

Deadline: June 22, 2021

Note: The deadline for submittal to Grants.gov is June 22, 2021; the deadline for submittal to JustGrants is July 6, 2021. See solicitation for details.

The Second Chance Act: Adult Reentry Education, Employment, Treatment and Recovery Program is designed to improve correctional educational and employment services for general inmate populations and to improve treatment services for offenders with substance use disorders. Projects should enhance corrections systems’ ability to address the substance use treatment needs of offenders, as well as expand education and employment programs that emphasize strong partnerships with corrections, parole, probation, education, workforce development, and reentry service providers. This will work to reduce recidivism, promote recovery, and enhance employment prospects for incarcerated adults reentering the workforce. These partnerships can support the establishment and improvement of academic and vocational education programs and career training programs available in prisons and jails. Overall, these efforts will improve public safety and public health. Programs should be focused on the 3-year period before release, as well as upon transition and reentry into the community.

Participants are expected to be screened, assessed, and identified for program participation pre-release. During the post-release phase of the reentry program, participants will receive case management services and be connected to evidence-based programming designed to assist in the transition from prison or jail to the community so that it is safe and successful. Where feasible, case management services and evidence-based programming should begin during the pre-release phase.

There are three categories under which applicants may apply:

  • Category 1: Improving Correctional Education—Improve the academic and vocational education programs available to offenders in prisons and jails. The objectives of this category are to 1) Implement or expand educational and vocational programs for incarcerated adults that result in improved educational outcomes (as measured by literacy attainment, high school equivalence, high school and higher education diplomas, certifications, etc.); and 2) Demonstrate increased collaboration between educational providers and corrections, community supervision providers, and other reentry stakeholders.
  • Category 2: Improving Employment Services and Connections—Provide career training, including subsidized employment, when part of a training program, to prisoners and reentering adults. The primary objective of this category is to implement or expand job readiness assessments, individualized case plans, and employment-related services for incarcerated adults that result in improved job readiness, employment attainment, and retention.
  • Category 3: Improving Substance Use Treatment Services and Supports for Adults with Substance Use Disorders—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. Objectives of this category are 1) Improve the provision of substance use disorder treatment to people in prisons and jails, through the reentry process, including during a period of parole or court supervision if applicable; and 2) Provide prison-based family treatment programs for incarcerated parents of minor children or pregnant women. The target population for services under Category 3 can include people with substance use disorders, as well as people with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

Expected deliverables for all categories include development of an action plan with input from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and an assigned technical assistance coach, submitted within 6 months of receiving final budget approval, as well as a final report at the end of the project period.

Eligible applicants may submit only one application per category but may apply to more than one category.

Please see solicitation for details of allowable uses of funds and mandated project components for each category.

Nonprofit organizations and non-correctional government applicants must include as an attachment a Memorandum of Agreement or Understanding that demonstrates an established, collaborative relationship between the applicant and the correctional agencies that will be involved. See solicitation for specific requirements.

Priority Areas—In FY 2021, the Office of Justice Programs will give priority consideration in award decisions to applications that demonstrate ways in which their projects will advance one or more of these areas:

  • Category 2 applicants can receive priority consideration for applications that 1) Provide assessment of local demand for employees in the geographic areas to which offenders are likely to return; 2) Conduct individualized reentry career planning upon the start of incarceration or post-release employment planning for each offender served under the grant; 3) Demonstrate connections to employers within the local community; or 4) Track and monitor employment outcomes.
  • In addition, OJP will give priority consideration, if applicable, to applicants that demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties.

Amount: Each award made under this program will be $900,000 over a project period of 36 months, with an expected project start date of Oct. 1, 2021. Seven awards will be made in the Improving Correctional Education category, eight awards will be made in the Improving Vocational and Employment Services category, and 12 will be made in the Improving Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services category.

Eligibility: City or township governments; County governments; Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized); Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status, other than institutions of higher education; State governments.

Note: All state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body, or have started the certification process to be allocated FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant funding, as either a recipient or a subrecipient. See solicitation for details.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333246

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