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 aims to provide standardized screening and assessment; collaborative comprehensive case management; and pre-and post-release programming that address criminogenic risk and needs, including mental illness and substance abuse. The program is seeking applications to implement or expand systems approaches to improve outcomes for adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness who are reentering communities following incarceration. The expectation is that jail or prison systems will develop or refine a standardized screening process for all offenders in the correctional facility. The jail or prison systems will also make assessments for co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse during incarceration and prior to an offenders release to the community.
The objectives of the program are:
- Standardize screening processes for mental illness and substance abuse using a validated tool for all offenders entering the correctional facility (e.g., booking, intake, or classifications)
- Provide assessments for mental illness and substance abuse prior to a person’s release from the corrections facility
- Provide evidence-based pre-and post-release mental illness and substance abuse treatment and cognitive behavioral interventions to address criminogenic risk factors
- Develop collaborative comprehensive case plans that incorporate information from the criminogenic risk assessment and mental illness and substance abuse assessments
- Create a performance measurement plan that outlines who is responsible for data collection, input, and analysis
Allowable program activities include:
- Screening and assessment for substance abuse and mental illness and validated risk assessment while the person is in prison or jail
- Providing treatment for co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness while the person is in prison or jail, including integrated dual diagnosis treatment
- Pre-release and post-release collaborative comprehensive case planning
- Case management
- Providing linkages to other wraparound or recovery support services, including health care coverage, employment, education, housing and life skills training, and post-release treatment and aftercare programming in the community, which may include parole, probation, or court supervision with specialized caseloads
Mandatory Certification: This program provides for treatment and reentry services for people with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness returning to the community from incarceration. All applicants must certify that any treatment program proposed in their applications is or will be clinically appropriate and will provide comprehensive integrated substance abuse and mental illness treatment. Also, applicants must provide official documentation that all collaborating service provider organizations are in compliance with all the requirements for licensing, accreditation, and certification, including state, local (city and county), and tribal requirements, as appropriate. If provider organizations are not yet known, this information must be provided post-award.
Amount: A total of $9,000,000 is available to make up to 12 awards of up to $750,000 each. The project period is for 36 months.
Eligibility: States, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes.
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