U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK)
The United States Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), seeks applicants for the Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) program. RE-LINK will fund projects in communities with the greatest rates of minority and/or economically or environmentally disadvantaged reentrants discharged from jail to the community – based on data submitted by each applicant, to assist individuals ages 18-26 with a successful transition to their community after they are released. (This announcement does not include projects for individuals released from prison.)
RE-LINK is a new OMH grant program aimed at demonstrating the effectiveness of multiple stakeholders within the public health system and other community support systems working together to implement a model transition process for minority and/or economically or environmentally disadvantaged populations returning to their communities after being incarcerated. RE-LINK will establish connections between the reentry population and community-based organizations that provide linkages to health care including behavioral health care services health care coverage including through the Health Insurance Marketplaces and Medicaid, and other social services, such as housing, adult education and employment assistance programs, and do so in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner using comprehensive systems navigation.
RE-LINK aims to address the barriers caused by system and service fragmentation by establishing Health and Social Service Networks (HSSNs) composed of organizations equipped to meet the complex needs of jail to community reentrants, ages 18-26, in transition. In those communities, RE-LINK and its HSSNs will provide the linkages for individuals ages 18-26 to services through comprehensive systems navigation, with the navigators system and the various services being linked providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services tailored to the populations being served. OMH expects that each funded RE-LINK project will serve at least 50 individuals each year of the project.
The goals of the RE-LINK interventions are:
- Improved coordination and linkages among criminal justice, public health, social service and private entities to address health care and health care access of the reentry population.
- Reduced health disparities experienced by the reentry and justice-involved population.
- Increased access to needed public health, behavioral health, health care coverage and/or social services.
- Reduced recidivism.
Amount: Up to $2,000,000 for 5-6 awards ranging from $300,000 to $375,000 per year for five years.
Eligibility: State and local governments or their bona fide agents; nonprofit organizations; for-profit organizations; small, minority, and women-owned business; universities; colleges; research institutions; hospitals; community-based organizations; faith-based organizations; Federally recognized or state-recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments; American Indian/Alaska Native tribally designated organizations; Alaska Native health organizations; urban Indian health organizations; Tribal epidemiology centers; and political subdivisions of states (in consultation with states).
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