Improving Reentry for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Use & Mental Health Disorders

This grant program provides funding for state and local government agencies and federally recognized tribal governments to provide reentry services and programs for adults who have co-occurring substance addictions and mental illnesses returning to their communities after incarceration. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers the awards.

Objectives and Deliverables

The purpose of the program is to enhance corrections systems’ ability to address the needs of offenders with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness in order to reduce recidivism, and to improve public safety and public health.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Standardize screening processes for mental illness and substance abuse using a validated tool for all offenders entering a correctional facility (e.g., booking, intake, or classification).
  • Provide assessments for mental illness and substance abuse prior to a person’s release from a corrections facility.
  • Provide evidence-based pre- and post-release mental illness and substance abuse treatment and cognitive behavioral interventions to address criminogenic risk factors.
  • Develop collaborative comprehensive case plans that incorporate information from the criminogenic risk assessment and mental illness and substance abuse assessments.

For more information, see the most recent BJA grant solicitation.