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Deadline: January 26, 2018

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Offender Reentry Program

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Offender Reentry Program (ORP) grants. The purpose of this program is to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced adult offenders/ex-offenders with a SUD and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, who are returning to their families and community from incarceration in state and local facilities including prisons, jails, or detention centers.

For the purpose of this funding announcement, sentenced adult offenders/ex-offenders are defined as persons 18 years of age or older (or adults as defined by your state or tribal law) under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system who have been sentenced to incarceration as adults. Applicants are expected to form stakeholder partnerships that will plan, develop, and provide a transition from incarceration to community-based SUD treatment and related reentry services.

SAMHSA’s interest is to actively support offender reentry stakeholder partnerships so that clinical needs are met and clients are treated using evidence-based practices. By providing needed treatment and recovery services, this program is intended to reduce the health and social costs of substance use and dependence to the public, and increase the safety of America’s citizens by reducing substance use related crime and violence. Additional anticipated outcomes include: increased number of individuals served; increased abstinence from substance use; increased employment rates; decreased recidivism rates; increased housing stability; decreased criminal justice involvement; improved individual and family functioning and well-being; increased social connectedness; and decreased risky behaviors.

SAMHSA seeks applications that will include a stakeholder partnership of institutional corrections officials with community corrections and community-based treatment and recovery services in order to plan, develop, and implement a continuum of care services from the correctional institution (prison/jail/detention center) to the community setting. Recipients must provide a coordinated approach designed to combine transition planning in the correctional institution (screening and assessment of substance use and/or co-occurring mental disorders and coordination of continued care from institution to community) with effective community-based treatment, recovery and reentry-related services to break the cycle of criminal behavior, alcohol and/or drug use and incarceration or other penalties.

Grant funds must be used to expand SUD treatment services. An applicant should propose to increase access and availability of services to a larger number of clients. For example, if a Reentry program currently serves 50 persons per year and has a waiting list of 50 persons (but lacks funding to serve these persons), the applicant may propose to expand service capacity to be able to admit some or all of those persons on the waiting list or add a new location.

Applicants must use SAMHSA’s services grant funds to primarily support direct treatment services. Applicants must propose activities that will improve the behavioral health of the population of focus by providing comprehensive SUD treatment and recovery support services. In addition, applicants must propose activities that support communities in their development of a comprehensive, multi-agency approach to expanding and/or enhancing SUD treatment and related reentry services in addition to criminal justice supervision to adults leaving incarceration and returning to the community and their families.

Amount: $6,800,000 is available for 16 awards of up to $425,000 annually for a period of up to 5 years. Note: Funding estimates for this announcement are based on an annualized Continuing Resolution and do not reflect the final FY 2018 appropriation. Applicants should be aware that funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

Eligibility: Domestic public and private nonprofit entities. For example:

  • State governments; the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.
  • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town.
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.
  • Public or private universities and colleges.
  • Community- and faith-based organizations.

Link: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/ti-18-003

Note: SAMHSA’s application procedures have changed. All applicants must register with the National Institute of Health’s (NIH’s) eRA Commons in order to submit an application. This process takes up to six weeks. It is recommended that you register immediately.

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