Bridging the Gap Offender Reentry Program

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Bridging the Gap Offender Reentry Program Bridging the Gap Offender Reentry Program ABSTRACT Project Name/Summary of the Project: , a behavioral health organization in Phoenix, Arizona in partnership with Maricopa County Adult Probation Department and Arizona State University, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, proposes to provide Bridging the Gap Offender Reentry Program, a comprehensive treatment and support program for male offenders with co-occurring disorders who are leaving Arizona Department Corrections prisons and returning to Maricopa County, Arizona. Individuals who will participate are classified as medium/medium high risk of re-offending due to substance abuse. Population(s) to be served: Program will serve males with co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental health).being released from The Arizona State Prison Complex-Florence and the Prison Complex-Lewis. Strategies/Interventions: Bridging the Gap will provide in-reach to offenders while still in prison, intake and assessment at release, evidenced based programs including Thinking for Change and CORE and continuing support through other programs such as Seeking Safety (trauma informed), The Matrix Model (specific treatment for stimulant use), and Road Map to Peace of Mind (cognitive restructuring). Recovery Support Specialists (peers) will be assigned to support the individual throughout his participation in Bridging the Gap. Project Goals and Measurable Objectives: Bridging the Gap goals and objectives are: Goal 1: reduce substance abuse related crime and violence among program participants. Objective 1: Coordination of the TERROS treatment and MCAPD supervision plans, and communication to address issues that might arise as the individual accesses treatment services through quarterly meetings. Objective 2: Serve a total of 335 persons over the course of the three-year grant Objective 3: GPRA will demonstrate a 33% reduction in substance related crime. Goal 2: Provide co-occurring disorders treatment and services that improve community re-entry and reduce recidivism. Objective 1: Deliver cognitive behavioral treatment to program participants that replace criminogenic thinking to reduce recidivism by 33%. Objective 2. Reduce symptoms of co-occurring mental health disorders as evidenced by outcomes data. GPRS will demonstrate improvement in symptoms. Goal 3: TERROS and MCAPD will explore joint initiatives to sustain Bridging the Gap service systems at the conclusion of the grant. Objective 1: Seek alternative funding sources for ongoing program delivery. Objective 2: Explore state level policy changes that would establish resources for post release treatment programs based on principles of cost avoidance that result from reduced recidivism. Objective 3: Collaborate related pharmaceuticals for clients who are poor, unemployed. Number of People to be Served: Bridging the Gap will serve a minimum of 48 individuals in year one and 96 individuals in years two and three for a total of 144.
Effective start/end date9/1/137/31/16


  • HHS: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): $279,696.00


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