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Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative: Going Home
West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services
Re-entry Court Program (RCP)
Fiscal Year 2003 (July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2003)

Award Information

Award #
2002-RE-CX-0063
Location
Awardee County
Kanawha
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2002
Total funding (to date)
$1,033,753
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2002, $998,753)

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 West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services, in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, intends to utilize its FY 2002 Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Grant to expand an existing Reentry Court Program currently being implemented in several counties throughout West Virginia. Collaborative partnerships with various local government agencies, as well as community service and faith-based organizations, will be utilized to provide institutional and community-based transition services to youthful offenders ages 14 to 21, returning to the Northeastern region of the state.

West Virginia's Reentry Court Program will consist of a continuum of community-based, transition services including employment training and assistance, educational training, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, medical and dental assistance, community service, community-based incentives, housing assistance, community support services, and intensive case management.

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 West Virginia Reentry Court Program (RCP) serves a targeted number of juveniles in the custody of the WV Division of Juvenile Services (DJS) and the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). Substance abuse is the number one problem incarcerated juveniles face when they return home. While most of the participants received substance abuse and/or mental health treatment prior to release, they quickly revert back to their old habits involving drugs, alcohol, and negative behaviors. Youth also have mental health needs upon returning home, including emotional and personal, family and marital, attitude and orientation needs. This supplemental funding is designed to broaden and intensify Substance abuse and mental health services provided to participants and their families. West Virginia will work more intensively with community social service providers so that together they can share resources to fill gaps and remove barriers to best meet the needs of the youth and families.

CA/NCF

Date Created: July 21, 2002