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KYDJJ Second Chance Act: Successful Treatment and Reentry of Youth with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Needs

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $394,725)

Section 101 of the Second Chance Act authorizes the Department of Justice to award grants to states, units of local government, and tribal governments to improve reentry outcomes for incarcerated youth. Under the Second Chance Act Ensuring Public Safety and Improving Outcomes for Youth in Confinement and While Under Community Supervision program, Category 1: Implementing Evidence-Based Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Services will support states, units of local government, and tribes to improve and expand the provision of evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment services for youth with co-occurring substance abuse problems and mental health disorders, including addressing behavioral health impacts and criminogenic needs while in secure confinement and during pre-and post-release. The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice's (KYDJJ) target population will include males and females ages 14–18 who are in the care of KYDJJ within Eastern Kentucky facilities and on community supervision. The goals of the project are to develop an accessible and comprehensive continuum of recovery services, develop a plan for comprehensive data collection, improve screening and assessment processes and tools, and incorporate evidence-based practices and case management services for criminogenic needs and substance use disorders. The project will demonstrate an increase in positive outcomes for youth in Eastern Kentucky facilities. Non-mental health staff will be trained on trauma-informed responses to increase youth’s successful outcomes. The expected outcomes include (1) an increase in appropriate assessment, identification, and documentation of youth with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse needs; (2) integration and use of evidence-based, individualized treatment plans for youth, and family engagement activities with youth within facilities and on community supervision located within the Eastern Kentucky service region. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 27, 2018