Substance Abuse & Mental Health Action/Recovery Teams is a SAMHSA, federally funded grant awarded to the ODMHSAS for an Offender Reentry Program in 2012 for 3 years. This project has been designed to impact reentering offenders with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders and the communities to which they will return in variety of ways. The long term benefit for participants and the communities will be lower reoffending rates, improved recovery outcomes, and expanded collaborations between state and local level stakeholders. However, resources are needed to focus more methodically on systems and services to support successful reentry. Oklahoma will implement the SMART project making efficient use of funds and initiate effective reentry services within four months of notice of award. The state is eager to expand reentry services in this manner and looks forward to a continued relationship with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to support SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives which Oklahoma’s priorities and the goals for this project clearly align.
The program initiatives began in January 2013, with existing ODMHSAS staff conducting assessments and referrals in the prison facilities, coordinating with the SMART community based providers to come to the prison facilities for face to face outreach visits, within 4 months of release.
To date, we have 64 prior offenders that have released from correctional centers and are now living in the community and participating in SMART services through one of the contracted providers in Tulsa or Oklahoma City.
Furthermore, we have a total of 209 Oklahoma offenders that have been assessed and screened inside the prisons who are waiting to discharge, and will start participation in SMART services immediately upon release. The total projected number to serve through the life of the grant is 340. Participants are identified and assessed in facilities from all security levels; including 4 facilities for females and 4 facilities are for males. Program participation is voluntary, based on strengths, individualized goals and holistic recovery. The intensive case management and recovery support specialist staff provide assistance with a wide array of needs experienced by most participants following release from prison to the community.