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SAMHSA awards nearly $21.6 million in grants to help people transition from the criminal justice system to the community

Nearly 650,000 people are released from state and federal prison yearly and arrive on the doorsteps of communities nationwide. A far greater number reenter communities from local jails.

More than half of all people in state and Federal prisons and local jails meet criteria for having mental health problems, 6 in 10 meet criteria for a substance use problem, and more than a third meet criteria for having both a substance abuse and mental health problem.

To assist juvenile and adult offenders returning to the community, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding $21.6 million in grants over the next three years to expand substance abuse treatment and related recovery and reentry services in offender reentry programs.

Reentry programs assist offenders in acquiring the life skills needed to succeed in the community and become law-abiding citizens.

Eighteen three year grants are being awarded for up to $400,000 per year, for a total of $7.2 million per year. The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds and the progress achieved by the grantees. The awardees and their first year amounts are:

Institute for Health and Recovery, Inc., Cambridge, Mass. — $400,000
Compass Behavioral Health Care, Inc., Tucson, Ariz. — $400,000
Volunteers of America of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif. — $400,000
Gaudenzia Erie, Inc., Norristown, Pa. — $400,000
Phoenix Programs, Inc., Columbia, Mo. — $400,000
Casa Esperanza, Inc., Roxbury, Mass. — $400,000
University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, Colo. — $400,000
Epidaurus dba Amity Foundation, Porterville, Calif. — $400,000
The Women’s Treatment Center, Chicago, Ill. — $397,877
State of Connecticut Dept. of Children and Families, Hartford, Conn. — $400,000
New North Citizens’ Council,Inc., Springfield, Mass. — $400,000
Institute for Child & Family Health, Miami, Fla. — $391,380
Catholic Charities Services Corp., Cleveland, Ohio — $400,000
Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, Calif. — $399,994
BCFS Health and Human Services, San Antonio, Texas — $400,000
Tides Family Services, Inc., West Warwick, R.I. — $398,367
Sanctuary, Inc. of Guam, Chalan Pago, Guam — $397,407
Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara, Calif. — $400,000

Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.