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FY 2002 Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
FY2002

Award Information

Award #
2002-RE-CX-0044
Location
Awardee County
United States of America
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2002
Total funding (to date)
$1,032,370
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2002, $997,370)

The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative Discretionary Grant Program was developed through a federal partnership by the Departments of Justice, Labor, Health and Human Service, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Veterans Affairs and Agriculture. The federal partners' goal is to help state and local agencies navigate the complex field of existing state formula and block grants and to assist them in accessing, redeploying and leveraging those resources to support the components of a comprehensive reentry program. In addition to the new funding, the federal partners are identifying funds from their respective agencies that are already available to state and local agencies to provide the necessary services to implement a reentry program.

The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative Discretionary Grant Program is designed to provide funding to state and local units of government to develop and implement institutional and community corrections-based offender reentry programs through collaborative partnerships with government, social service, faith-based, and community organizations, in order to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and successfully reintegrate offenders back into the community. Reentry programs must be sustained for a 36month period and are required to partner with a state adult or juvenile correctional agency.

The Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, in conjunction with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, intends to utilize its FY 2002 Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Grant to implement a comprehensive Reentry program through collaborative partnerships with various state and local agencies, as well as several community-based service providers. Oklahoma's Reentry initiative will provide institutional and community-based transition services to youthful offenders ages 12 to 20 from Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian, Logan, and Pottawatomie Counties.

Oklahoma's Reentry program will consist of a continuum of transitional services which include employment assistance and training, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, individual and family counseling, mentoring, housing assistance, educational assistance, life skills training, community-based support services, intensive case management, and supervision.

ca/ncf

The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Discretionary Grant Program (Reentry) was developed through a federal partnership by the Departments of Justice, Labor, Health and Human Service, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Veterans Affairs and Agriculture. The federal partners' goal is to help state and local agencies navigate the complex field of existing state formula and block grants and to assist them in accessing, redeploying and leveraging those resources to support the components of a comprehensive reentry program. In addition to the new funding, the federal partners are identifying funds from their respective agencies that are already available to state and local agencies to provide the necessary services to implement a reentry program. The Reentry Program is designed to provide funding to state and local units of government to develop and implement institutional and community corrections-based offender reentry programs through collaborative partnerships with government, social service, faith-based, and community organizations, in order to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and successfully reintegrate serious and violent offenders back into the community. Reentry programs are required to partner with a state adult or juvenile correctional agency.

The Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs designed this program to ensure effective and equitable implementation of substance abuse and mental health programs. Services ranging from mental health and substance abuse assessment to implementation of cognitive skills development will be available. This supplemental funding will provide greater ability to address the individual treatment needs of the juvenile offenders served and will be designed to better prepare juveniles for transition back to the community. In addition, systems will be designed and staff trained to assure effective monitoring of the program, increasing the agency's ability to ensure the integrity of the program.

CA/NCF

Date Created: July 21, 2002