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Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders

Staff and participants of the Reentry Intervention Prevention program

Staff at the Rockdale County (GA) Jail gather with participants of the Reentry Intervention Prevention program—which connects people who have co-occurring substance use and mental disorders to reentry services—during a graduation ceremony.

This grant program provides funding for state and local government agencies and federally recognized tribal communities to implement or expand treatment programs for adults who have co-occurring substance use and mental disorders and are returning to their communities from incarceration. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers the awards.

Objectives and Deliverables

The objectives of this program are to (1) increase the use of screening and assessment for criminogenic risk and needs, substance use, and mental illnesses in jails and prisons; (2) improve the provision of integrated treatment for adults who have co-occurring substance use and mental disorders before and after their release from incarceration; and (3) develop reentry case plans that incorporate the results of risk and needs assessments, as well as information regarding substance use disorders and mental illnesses.

Allowable uses for this award include:

  • Administering validated screening and assessment for co-occurring substance use and mental disorders for people in prison and jail;
  • Providing pre-release treatment for co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, including integrated dual diagnosis treatment;
  • Pre- and post-release case planning and 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.

For more information, see the most recent BJA grant solicitation and a related webinar.

Current and Past Grantees

BJA has awarded 91 grants for co-occurring disorder treatment programs for adults; and in 2010 and 2013, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) issued 9 total grant awards for co-occurring treatment programs targeting juveniles in reentry: