Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $675,000)
This program will promote and expand services in detention and correctional facilities to incarcerated individuals and their minor children younger than age 18, and provide services to children of incarcerated parents by facilitating access to services that support their needs. This program will provide states and localities with funding to implement positive family engagement strategies and activities that address the needs of incarcerated parents and their minor children.
The Montana Department of Corrections (MDOC) will use funding to develop a program focused on the continuum from incarceration to reentry into the community with successful family reunification and all parental rights restored, which will have positive effects on lowering recidivism. A secondary goal of this project is to create and support opportunities for collaboration via a workgroup made up of state agency and community partners to help bridge these gaps. The workgroup will be led by MDOC and will include the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Montana Office of Public Instruction, the University of Montanas Center for Children, Families and Workforce Development, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montana. CA/NCF