U.S. Department of Justice: Improving Reentry for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
The Improving Reentry for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Program improves provision of services to offenders with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness (CSAMI) when they leave incarceration to reenter the community, which in turn will help to reduce recidivism and promote public safety. Specifically, its goal is to improve access to and delivery of standardized screening and assessment, collaborative comprehensive case management, and pre- and post-release programming for returning inmates that address criminogenic risk and needs, including treatment and services that address mental illness and substance abuse.
The program prioritizes coordination among corrections, substance abuse, and mental health treatment providers, as well as correctional health and parole or probation services, which enables the development of collaborative comprehensive case plans that address criminogenic risk, substance abuse, and mental health needs. Past grant cohorts have struggled with standardized CSAMI screening and assessment, case management, fidelity to evidence-based practices for cognitive behavioral therapy and CSAMI, information sharing, and data collection. Within data collection there has been specific issues defining successful completion, and the development of comprehensive evaluations. Applicants, whether correctional agencies or human service departments, should consider sustaining the program and system policy changes after the grant period ends.
Amount: Approximately $10,000,000 is available to make up to 10 awards of up to $1,000,000 each for a 48-month project period.
Eligibility: States, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes.
Applicants must apply in one of the following three categories, depending upon their jurisdictional status:
- Category 1: Units or components of state government agencies serving adult offenders
- Category 2: Units or components of county or city local government agencies serving adult offenders
- Category 3: Federally-recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native tribes and/or tribal organizations serving adult offenders
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