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Deadline: June 2, 2014

U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors

The Second Chance Act grant programs are designed to help communities develop and implement comprehensive, evidence-based, and collaborative strategies that promote success and reduce the likelihood of recidivism of individuals returning from incarceration. “Reentry” is not a specific program, but rather a process that starts at jail or prison intake, and ends when formerly incarcerated individuals have been successfully reintegrated into their communities as law-abiding citizens. The reentry process includes the delivery of a variety of evidence-based services in both pre- and post-release settings designed to ensure that the transition to the community is successful, and to reduce the likelihood of recidivism. Mentoring of formerly incarcerated individuals can be an important element of reentry strategies that achieve these goals.

This solicitation is aimed at promoting more effective and successful reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals through the utilization of comprehensive, evidence-based wrap-around reentry plans which address the identified needs of the individuals and are supported by trained mentors. These needs are often related to housing, employment, substance abuse, and mental health.

To be eligible to receive an award under this solicitation, applicants must demonstrate compliance with the following  mandatory program components:

  1. Demonstrate a cost-effective program strategy which provides mentoring and other services to a minimum of 250 individuals returning from incarceration during the 3-year project period.
  2. Include a Memorandum of Agreement or Understanding (MOA or MOU), or another form of documentation more binding than a letter of support, that clearly demonstrates an established collaborative relationship between the applicant, the correctional agency, and the specific facility or facilities in which the applicant proposes to work.
  3. Provide both pre- and post-release mentoring services to individuals.
  4. Describe a comprehensive menu of transitional programs and services to be offered to individuals participating in the mentoring program to support their community reintegration.
  5. State the number of mentors who will be recruited, provide a timeline for recruiting mentors, and list the community partners the applicant will engage in recruiting mentors.
  6. Provide outlines of the pre-service and in-service training curricula that will be provided to all mentors.
  7. Articulate a clear plan to track mentoring program participant outcomes for at least 12 months following release. This plan must describe the process for obtaining information about recidivism from the relevant corrections and/or community corrections agencies.
  8. Provide a baseline recidivism rate for the proposed target population, including documentation to support the development of the rate. All grantees will be required to provide a baseline recidivism rate upon award.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who:

  1. Propose a plan/strategy for determining which program participants may be newly eligible for healthcare insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), facilitating enrollment and continuity of care for primary healthcare and behavioral health treatment services.
  2. Provide for an independent evaluation of the project that includes, to the maximum extent feasible, random assignment of individuals to program delivery and control groups, as per the Second Chance Act, Section 211(c).

Amount: Contingent upon the number of individuals projected to be served, awards of up to $1,000,000 will be made. Awards under this program will be made for a period of 36 months.

Eligibility: Applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) with a documented history of providing comprehensive, evidence-based reentry services, and federally-recognized Indian tribes. Applicants may choose to partner with other community-based agencies for provision of some reentry services including the mentoring component.


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