Grant News -- Thank you to our supporters!
C&C and four others are partners with Kennebec County on a just-awarded Second Chance Act Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Demonstration Projects FY2010 Competitive Grant from the Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance (DOJ/BJA). The $750,000 one-year grant is renewable for up to two years and will provide reentry support to inmates leaving the CARA program at Kennebec County Correctional Facility (see article by Bob Kingman in this issue). The other partners on the project, called the Kennebec Regional Reentry Project, include Maine PreTrial Services, NAMI Maine and Hornby Zeller & Associates. With full implementation of the CARA program and related Reentry Project, an estimated 360 inmates a year will be served, with inmates screened and referred from Kennebec’s general population facility; Two Bridges Regional Jail located in Wiscasset; Androscoggin Correctional Facility in Lewiston; and Somerset County Jail in Skowhegan. The funding is intended to help state and local agencies implement programs and strategies to reduce recidivism and ensure the safe and successful reentry of adults and juveniles released from prisons and jails back to the community. (We are grateful for other funding for services provided by C&C at Kennebec County Correctional Facility, which has helped to lay the foundation for this new effort, including support from the United Way of Kennebec Valley, Maine Health Access Foundation, and the DOJ/BJA Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program.)
Mid-State Machine Foundation
We just heard this week from the Mid-State Machine Foundation, a foundation created and funded by the employees of Mid-State Machine in Winslow, that they have elected to support Crisis & Counseling Centers with a $2,500 grant to help provide Outpatient Mental Health services to individuals who do not have a way to pay. Thank you, MSMF, for your deep commitment to the community and your support!
Updated: 8/26/ 2010
Agnes Lindsay Trust
Crisis & Counseling Centers was just awarded a $2,500 grant from the Agnes Lindsay Trust. The funds will be used to purchase laptop computers for the Outpatient Department so that clinicians can do concurrent documentation (i.e., update treatment plans, etc., while meeting with clients), in order to improve efficiency and accuracy.
C&C and Kennebec County recently wrapped up a 3-year $250,000 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grant from the Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance (DOJ/BJA). The grant supported improved jail diversion efforts in the county; community transition services for inmates at high-risk of re-offending; cross-training of corrections and law enforcement personnel and mental health providers; and the development of the intensive substance abuse and co-occurring treatment programming at Kennebec County Correctional Facility (the first such service at any of Maine’s jails), which is now being piloted.
C&C also recently concluded a $40,000 planning grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), which provided funds for the development of a Peer Navigator program to support individuals who are incarcerated. The Peer Navigators are individuals who have also been incarcerated or had run-ins with law enforcement in their past and who are living healthy lives in recovery. Using a curriculum to which they contributed , the Peer Navigators are providing services to inmates at KCCF on a volunteer basis, to support inmates in making healthy choices and in following up on their transition plans, including connecting with services once they are discharged.