The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The agency funds programs and practices that enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.
The Department's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes the balance of public health and public safety priorities and promotes early intervention and treatment as healthier alternatives to detaining people with behavioral health conditions in the U.S. justice system. The Administration provides a range of grants that address behavioral health and criminal justice issues, including through their Offender Reentry Program.
The Department's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works at the intersection of criminal justice and health. The programs and activities of the CDC's Injury Center work to foster greater collaboration across national organizations, state health agencies, and other key groups to develop, implement, and promote effective injury and violence prevention and control practices. The Injury Center is an important component of the CDC's overall funding in support of health and safety.
Through the Department's Office of Minority Health the RE-LINK works to improve health outcomes for minority and/or disadvantaged re-entrants, ages 18-26, in transition from jail to their communities. The RE-LINK program aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of multiple stakeholders within the public health system and other community support systems working together to implement a model transition process.
Among their many efforts to address opioid misuse and abuse across the U.S., the CDC works to protect first responders on the frontlines of the epidemic, including police, fire, and paramedics, and is working to improve communication and collaboration between public health and public safety.
The CDC's Division of Violence Prevention works with national organizations, state health agencies, and other key groups to develop, implement, and promote effective violence prevention and control practices. Key prevention focus areas for CDC funding include firearm violence prevention, intimate partner violence, and youth violence.
From the Department's National Institutes of Health (NIH), JCOIN supports study approaches to increase high-quality care for people with opioid misuse and opioid use disorder in justice settings. JCOIN tests strategies to expand effective treatment and care in partnership with local and state justice systems and community-based treatment providers.
The Department's Indian Health Service provides recurring funding for Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) Aftercare Programs to address gaps in services that occur when youth transition from an YRTC treatment program and return home or to their designated caregiver. There may be limited, if any, aftercare support services available in a youth's home community. Limited access to an aftercare support system significantly decreases the likelihood of successful recovery and increases the probability of relapse and other poor outcomes.
To meet these challenges of formerly incarcerated fathers successfully reintegrating into society the Department's Office of the Administration for Children and Families funded five Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility (ReFORM) grants. The grants are specifically tailored to meet the needs of fathers transitioning from incarceration back to their families and communities through the three New Pathways activities together with community-centered pre- and post-release services to fathers soon-to-be and recently released from incarceration.
Stable housing is a critical component of recovery. SAMHSA's homelessness programs and resources work to end homelessness by improving access to treatment and services that support health and wellness.
Additional reentry and justice-related funding from the Department of Health and Human Services can be found in Grants.gov.