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Deadline: April 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Justice: Improving Reentry for Adults with Substance Use Disorders Program

The Improving Reentry for Adults with Substance Use Disorders Program improves provision of services to offenders with substance use disorders when they leave incarceration to reenter the community, which in turn will help to reduce recidivism, improve public safety, and promote recovery. The objectives are:

  • Improve the provision of drug treatment to offenders in prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities, including provision of prison-based family treatment programs to incarcerated parents of minor children or pregnant women
  • Reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs by long-term substance abusers during the period of incarceration and during parole or court supervision

Grant funding may be used to:

  • Continue and improve drug treatment programs, including the provision of medication-assisted treatment, provided at a prison, jail, or juvenile facility
  • Provide prison-based family treatment programs to incarcerated parents of minor children or pregnant women
  • Develop and implement programs for supervised long-term substance abusers that include alcohol and drug abuse assessments, coordinated and continuous delivery of drug treatment, and case management services
  • Strengthen rehabilitation efforts for offenders by providing addiction recovery support services
  • Provide for salaries, personnel costs, facility costs, and other costs directly related to the operation of that program

Mandated project components are detailed below.

1. All applicants:

  • Standardize screening and assessment processes for substance use disorders using a validated tool for offenders entering a correctional facility (e.g., booking, intake, or classifications)
  • Provide evidence-based pre-and post -release substance use and cognitive behavioral interventions to address criminogenic risk factors
  • Establish medication-assisted treatment as part of any drug treatment program to offenders who are in a prison or jail
  • Collect and use data to determine the effectiveness of the BJA-funded drug treatment programs

2. Applicants for prison-based programs:

  • The program shall integrate techniques to assess the strengths and needs of the incarcerated parent’s immediate and extended family to support a treatment plan for the incarcerated parent
  • The program shall ensure that each participant in that program has access to consistent and uninterrupted care if transferred to a different correctional facility within the state or other relevant entity
  • The program shall be located in an area separate from the general population of the prison

Mandatory certification: This program provides for treatment and reentry services for people with substance use disorders returning to the community from incarceration. The Second Chance Reauthorization Act requires that applicants certify that any treatment program proposed in their applications: (1) is clinically appropriate for proposed recipients; (2) shall appropriately coordinate and consult with the Single State Authority for Substance Abuse; (3) will be comprehensive; and (4) is approved by the state (via licensure or other means) and is licensed, if necessary, to provide medical and other health services. If provider organizations are not yet known, this information must be provided post-award. See Appendix C: Mandatory Certification Requirement Form within the solicitation.

Note: Refer to the solicitation for a listing of Office of Justice Programs (OJP) priority areas.

Amount: A total of $13,250,000 is available fo make 14 awards that range up to $900,000 each. The period of performance is 48 months.

Eligibility: The following entities are eligible to apply:

  • States
  • Units of local government
  • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments
  • Nonprofit organizations

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324865

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