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 http://www.bja.gov/Programs/SecondChanceLegalServicesGuidance.pdf. 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 Grants.gov, 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 http://www.Grants.gov. Applicants that experience technical difficulties during this process should call the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518- 4726 or 606–545–5035, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays. Registering with Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov, 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).
Priority consideration will be given to applicants that include the following information in the development of their program:
Incorporate a “Pay for Success” model into their projects. (See Appendix 4, page 38)
Focus on post-release community-based programs, providing quality evidence-based treatment services for returning individuals with co-occurring disorders upon release.
Focus their program on geographic areas with demonstrated high rates of people returning from prisons or jails.
Jurisdictions implementing specialized probation services for the target population, as described in the Consensus Project’s Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of Specialized Probation Initiatives.
Jurisdictions proposing to partner with a research organization to conduct a rigorous local evaluation of their strategies (including community corrections supervision approaches) will also receive priority consideration.
Incorporate innovative uses of information technology which 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. Such proposals should clearly state how justice information sharing will be employed to address business solutions using architecture, standards, policy, and technology deployment. Applicants must also demonstrate utilization of DOJ’s Global-recommended specifications and guidelines where applicable, to include implementation of the Global Standards Package. For more information, visit http://www.it.ojp.gov/gsp.
Focus on planning and implementing strategies for increasing access to healthcare, including behavioral health treatment, for reentering populations that are anticipated to reduce recidivism and costs associated with detention and incarceration. Strategies include increasing enrollment in Medicaid and private health insurance available through employment or the health insurance marketplace (also known as exchanges), addressing behavioral health parity, and facilitating the continuity of care between correctional and community-based healthcare providers. Examples of how funding may be utilized to meet these goals include: incorporating health literacy into pre-release planning; institutionalizing enrollment activities; building capacity for correctional healthcare and community healthcare providers to share information, including the use of health information technology; providing guidance on the applicability of the individual mandate for the criminal justice population; identifying options and exclusions under Medicaid and private coverage relating to court-mandated treatment; identifying opportunities for maximizing health care coverage for the criminal justice population in traditional and expanded Medicaid programs; and collaborating with state Medicaid agencies to address policies relating to Medicaid managed care enrollment and suspending and/or terminating Medicaid benefits during incarceration.
Target high-risk individuals that are experiencing or at risk of chronic homelessness (see definitions). This would include individuals that have been in jail or prison for 90 days or less that were living on the streets or in an emergency shelter prior to entry and who have a long history of cycling between short-term stays in jail and homelessness.
Link grant-funded activities and services to affordable and supportive housing, leveraged through partnerships with non-profit housing agencies, public housing authorities, housing finance agencies, and Continuums of Care.
Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds:
Samples of Successful Application:
Link to Full Announcement: https://www.bja.gov/Funding/15SCACoOccurringDisordersSol.pdf
Contact Information: For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Grants.gov Support Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays. Applicants that experience unforeseen Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov 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 email@example.com; fax to 301-240-5830; or web chat at https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp. 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.