Second Chance Act Family-Based Substance Use Treatment Program
This grant program provided funding for state and local government agencies and federally recognized tribal communities to implement or expand treatment programs that provided comprehensive substance use treatment and other services for incarcerated parents of minor children and their family members. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administered the awards.
Objectives and Deliverables
This program sought to increase public safety and reduce recidivism through comprehensive responses to people in prison and jail and their families. Allowable uses for this award included:
- Use of screening and assessment to determine criminogenic risk and needs;
- Treatment interventions that targeted criminal thinking, especially for higher-risk people;
- Provision of evidence-based substance use and mental health treatment practices and services both before and after release;
- Comprehensive services to address family needs, such as family counseling, legal services, medical care, respite care and mutual support services, child maltreatment prevention, mental health services, nursery and preschool, parenting skills training, transportation, and vocational training; and
- Transition planning and linkages to reentry services and benefits.
For more information, see the most recent BJA grant solicitation from 2012.