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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Offender Reentry Program and Prisoner Re-entry Initiative

In an August 24 blog post, we wrote:

Today, an organization that once worked solely on homeless issues might expand its area of expertise to related areas, like affordable housing, prisoner reentry, or foster care emancipation. The latter problem has gained some traction in recent years as various levels of government have come to realize that few 17-year-olds are ready to be self-supporting the moment they turn 18, resulting in in crime, drug use, and prostitution[…]

Now SAMHSA has released the FY 2009 Offender Reentry Program, with $8.2M available and grants to $400,000 per year; in 2008, the Prisoner Re-entry Initiative Grants was released. This is the kind of grant wave that smart agencies in tangential areas will attend to. I can only say: “Cowabunga—surf’s up!”