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Improving Reentry for Adults with Substance Use Disorders Program


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Apr 27, 2020

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


Offers grant funding to assist corrections systems in providing evidence-based treatment and recovery services for offenders with substance use disorders (SUD) both while they are incarcerated and during reentry into society. Supports efforts to reduce recidivism, promote recovery, and improve public health and safety by addressing substance use and related issues among incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Program objectives include:

  1. Improving substance use treatment services to offenders in prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities, including family-based treatment programs for incarcerated parents of minor children and pregnant women
  2. Reducing alcohol and drug use by long-term substance users during incarceration and parole or court supervision

The program requires the following statutorily mandated project components for all applicants.

  • Standardize screening and assessment processes, using a validated tool, to identify substance use disorders for individuals entering a correctional facility
  • Provide evidence-based substance use and cognitive behavioral interventions to address criminogenic risk factors before and after release from incarceration
  • Establish medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as part of any drug treatment program offered in a prison or jail
  • Collect and use data to assess outcomes and the overall effectiveness of treatment programs funded through this opportunity

Prison-based programs are required to implement the following additional project components.

  • Integrate strategies to evaluate the abilities and needs of immediate and extended family members to support a treatment plan for an incarcerated parent
  • Ensure all program participants have access to consistent and uninterrupted care if transferred to a different correctional facility or other relevant entity
  • Locate the program in an area separate from the general prison population

Funds may be used to support the following activities:

  • Maintain and enhance drug treatment programs, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), in a prison, jail, or juvenile facility
  • Provide prison-based family treatment programs for incarcerated parents of minor children and pregnant women
  • Develop and implement programs for long-term substance users under court supervision which include services such as alcohol and drug assessments, coordinated and continuous delivery of treatment, and case management
  • Provide addiction recovery support services to enhance rehabilitation for offenders
  • Cover salaries, personnel and facility costs, and other related expenses directly related to operating a treatment program

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $900,000 per year
Project period: 48 months
Estimated number of awards: 14
Estimated total program funding: $13,250,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • States
  • Units of local government
  • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments
  • Nonprofit organizations

In order to be eligible for this opportunity, applicants must meet the Second Chance Act mandatory certification requirements for substance use treatment programs which are detailed in the funding announcement.

In addition, nonprofit organizations and other non-correctional applicants must include a memorandum of agreement or understanding (MOA or MOU) with their application that clearly demonstrates an established, collaborative relationship with a correctional agency that oversees a correctional facility or a community corrections program.

Priority area funding is given to applicants who propose to address challenges in rural communities, benefit individuals in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties, and enhance public safety in economically distressed communities or Qualified Opportunity Zones. Priority is also given to applications from federally recognized tribes, and from a state or local government entity that operates at least one correctional facility seeking to enhance criminal justice and public safety by indicating agreement to comply with award conditions related to cooperation with federal law enforcement.

To receive a rural priority consideration, applicants must describe:

  • What makes the geographic service area rural using U.S. Census Bureau or other appropriate government data
  • How isolated that area is from needed services
  • How they will address specific public safety challenges in rural communities

To receive a poverty priority consideration, applicants must provide information to demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent poverty counties.

For this funding opportunity, high-poverty areas are described as any census tract with a poverty rate of at least 20%, as measured by the 2013-2017 5-year data series from the American Community Survey. Persistent poverty counties are described as any county that has had 20% or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and the most recent Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates.

To receive a priority consideration for a Qualified Opportunity Zone, applicants must include information that specifies how the project will enhance public safety in a specified Qualified Opportunity Zone.

To receive a priority consideration for enhancing criminal justice and public safety through cooperation with federal law enforcement, applicants must sign and submit the certification provided in Appendix C .

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process can be found in the funding announcement.

Applicants must apply for funding under the appropriate program category, depending on their jurisdictional status as follows:

  • Category 1: Units of state, local, or tribal government
  • Category 2: Nonprofit organizations


For programmatic and technical questions:
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
TTY at 301-240-6310
Live chat

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in fiscal year (FY) 2020 can be found on the program website.

One rural community who received funding is the Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Inc. in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Supervision • Crime Reduction • Justice System • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Mental Health • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment