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U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders

Deadline: March 14, 2017

The Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders is designed to improve outcomes for adults with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders returning to communities after a period of incarceration. BJA recognizes that a significant number of individuals who are incarcerated and return to the community have chronic substance use and mental disorders and are in need of treatment in order to successfully complete their supervision, reduce recidivism, and promote public safety. The coordination of substance use and mental health treatment with correctional planning can encourage participation in treatment and can help incorporate treatment goals into correctional supervision and supports.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications to implement or expand treatment programs for adults with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders who are returning to their communities following incarceration. Programs should expand and improve the screening and assessment for co-occurring disorders that takes place in jails and prisons, in-reach by community-based providers, and the reentry and community reintegration process. Proposed programs should improve the provision of treatment for adults (18 years and over) being treated for co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, focusing on pre- and post-release programming for every program participant.

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Increase the screening and assessment for criminogenic risk and needs, substance use, and mental disorders in jails and prisons
  • Improve the provision of integrated treatment to adults with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders pre- and post-release from incarceration
  • Develop reentry case plans that incorporate the results for risk and needs assessment, substance use disorders, and mental disorders to develop supervision and program components

Allowable program activities include: Screening and assessment, using a validated risk assessment tool, for co-occurring substance use and mental disorders while in prison and jail; providing treatment for co-occurring substance use and mental disorders while in prison and jail, including integrated dual diagnosis treatment; pre-release and post-release case planning; case management; providing linkages to other wraparound or recovery support services, including employment, education, housing and life skills training, and post-release treatment and aftercare programming in the community through the completion of parole or court supervision; and specialized supervision caseloads.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants that include the following elements in the development of their programs:

  • Letters of support or MOUs or prior engagement through advisory or council meetings. Corrections, community-based behavioral health, and community supervision partnerships are demonstrated with the ability to develop and provide funding to partner agencies to ensure collaboration to provide high quality services to people with co-occurring disorders reentering the community.
  • Focus their program on geographic areas with demonstrated high rates of people with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders returning from prisons or jails.
  • Incorporate innovative uses of information technology that leverage electronic information sharing and communication to advance the specific goals of this solicitation, including, but not limited to, the sharing of electronic medical records.
  • Link grant-funded activities and services to affordable and supportive housing, especially permanent supportive housing, where appropriate.

Amount: Up to $5,200,000 is available for six awards of up to $650,000 each.

Eligibility: States, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Applicants must apply in one of three categories, depending upon their jurisdictional status:

  • Category 1, Competition ID BJA-2017-12360: Units or components of state government agencies serving adult individuals.
  • Category 2, Competition ID BJA-2017-12361: Units or components of county or city local government agencies serving adult individuals.
  • Category 3, Competition ID BJA-2017-12362: Federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native tribes and/or tribal organizations serving adult individuals.

Applicants must be able to track unique identifiers for participants, gain access to recidivism data, and report recidivism data, particularly returns to incarceration during the period 1 year after release.

All applicants must certify that any treatment program proposed in the application is or will be clinically appropriate and will provide comprehensive integrated substance use and mental disorder treatment. Applicants must provide official documentation that all collaborating service provider organizations are in compliance with all requirements for licensing, accreditation, and certification, including state, local (city and county), and tribal requirements, as appropriate.

Link: https://www.bja.gov/funding.aspx

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