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Deadline: May 26, 2015

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Offender Reentry Program

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for fiscal year 2015 Offender Reentry Program (ORP) grants. The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced substance-abusing adult offenders/ex-offenders who are returning to their families and community from incarceration in state and local facilities including prisons, jails, or detention centers.

ORP provides an opportunity for stakeholders to work together to give the population of focus the opportunity to improve their lives, including recovery from substance use and mental disorders, and develop the capacity and skills to become parents, employees, and citizens in recovery from behavioral health disorders. SAMHSA’s interest is to actively support and shape offender reentry treatment partnerships so that clinical needs are met and clients are treated using evidence-based practices consistent with the disease model and the problem-solving model, rather than with the traditional criminal justice model. A long-term goal of this program is to build sustainable systems of care for the population of focus. ORP seeks to address behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use and outcomes among the racial and ethnic minority populations served.

SAMHSA is seeking 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. Grantees 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.

Because reentry transition must begin in the correctional facility before release, limited funding may be used for certain activities in institutional correctional settings in addition to the expected community-based services.

Amount: Up to $13,600,000 is available for 18 grants of up to $400,000 per year for 3 years.

Eligibility: State and local governments; Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations; urban Indian organizations; public or private universities and colleges; and community- and faith-based organizations.

Link: http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/ti-15-012

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