DOJ – Second Chance Act – Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders (2015)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2015, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time


The Second Chance Act Programs are designed to help communities develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by reentry and recidivism reduction. “Reentry” is not a specific program, but rather a process that starts when an individual is initially incarcerated and ends when he or she has been successfully reintegrated in the community as a law-abiding citizen. The reentry process includes screening and assessment in a pre-release setting, the delivery of evidence-based programming in a pre-release setting, and the delivery of a variety of evidence-based programming for every program participant in a post-release setting designed to ensure that the transition from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful.

The Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders is designed to improve outcomes for adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders through the screening and assessment of incarcerated individuals, availability of some pre-release programming, leading to the provision of appropriate evidence-based services and treatment after incarceration.

Funding Title: Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders FY 2015 Competitive Grant Announcement

Agency Name: Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. The grant announcement contains the following language:

“Civil legal assistance can often play a critical role in addressing barriers to successful reintegration. An allowable use of Second Chance Act funds for reentry services includes referral to and payment of legal services related to the purpose of the grant, such as: securing a driver’s license, expunging criminal records, litigating inappropriate denials of housing or employment and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, creating and/or modifying child support orders, and other family law services that help stabilize individuals and families. For more information, go to This excludes the payment of fines or penalties associated with a driver’s license suspension or the payment of child support.”

Target Population: The target population is adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: This solicitation does not require a match. However, if a successful application proposes a voluntary match amount, and OJP approves the budget, the total match amount incorporated into the approved budget becomes mandatory and subject to audit.

How to Apply: Applicants must register in, and submit applications through, a “one-stop storefront” to find federal funding opportunities and apply for funding. Find complete instructions on how to register and submit an application at Applicants that experience technical difficulties during this process should call the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518- 4726 or 606–545–5035, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays. Registering with is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation and a user password. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, OJP urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Current Closing Date for Applications: March 31, 2015, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Estimated Total Program Funding: $6,000,000 for a 24-month period beginning Oct. 1, 2015       

Award Ceiling: $600,000

Award Floor: $0

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are limited to states, units of local government, and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

Current/Past Funding Recipients:      2013 (local)  2013 (state)   2014 (local)   2014(state)

Link to Full Announcement:

Contact Information:   For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via e-mail to The Support Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays. Applicants that experience unforeseen technical issues beyond their control that prevent them from submitting their application by the deadline must e-mail the BJA contact identified below within 24 hours after the application deadline and request approval to submit 3 BJA-2015-4061 their application. Additional information on reporting technical issues is found under “Experiencing Unforeseen Technical Issues” in the How To Apply section. For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center: toll-free at 1-800-851-3420; via TTY at 301-240- 6310 (hearing impaired only); email; fax to 301-240-5830; or web chat at The NCJRS Response Center hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time on the solicitation close date.

Categories: Department of Justice, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Health, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Reentry, Subgrant Possibilities, Substance Use Disorder

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