Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Comprehensive Regional Adult Forensic Treatment (CRAFT) Project

BJA Program(s): Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
State(s): PA

Grantee Agency: See below

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2009/$306,542

About the Program:

The CRAFT Project provides services for co-occurring offenders upon incarceration and continue through release into the community and subsequent supervision and treatment. The comprehensive, holistic Community Re-entry Plan will ensure connection to all relevant supports and services for participants.

Inmates are assessed upon entry to the two local jails/prisons for eligibility for CRAFT. Eligibility criteria includes those with a non-violent offense(s), co-occurring mental health and substance abuse (MH/SA) issues, voluntary program participation, and a resident of Elk, Cameron, or Potter county. The forensic therapists (certified in co-occurring disorders) then complete a full MH/SA assessment, risk assessment, and develops the Community Re-entry Plan with the inmate. Services commence during incarceration and follow seamlessly into the community. The Community Re-entry team meets bi-weekly and includes representatives from MH treatment providers, drug and alcohol treatment providers, employment providers, probation, case management, county MH program, jail/prison representative and employment, peer support, housing supports, and employment supports supervisor. For those requiring additional supports upon reentry a transitional housing component is available. Inmates are linked quickly with entitlement benefits upon release and continue with services that were initiated in the jail setting. CRAFT is able to serve persons returning to the target counties from the state Department of Corrections. Performance measures include: linkage to entitlement benefits, linkage to employment or education, number of probation violations, and number of new charges. The ultimate goal is to reduce recidivism among the target population.

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

Elk County reported substantial success through their first year of operations with 33 clients being served. Of these, 95 percent were linked to entitlement benefits, 45 percent to employment and/or training, and only 10 percent of clients encountered probation violations, three of those resulting in new charges.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Linda Thompson
Mental Health Program Specialist
Phone: 814-772-8016


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