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June 15, 2015

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Approves Grant for Allegheny County Mental Health and Justice Housing
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Chairman Josh Shapiro’s announced that PCCD approved $149,995 for the Allegheny County Mental Health and Justice Housing Program. This award is a joint funding effort between PCCD and the Department of Human Services Office of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services.
The primary goal of this project is to increase housing opportunities by supporting the development of permanent supportive housing programs for individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders who are justice involved and to prevent further involvement with the criminal justice system.  This project is a partnership of criminal justice and behavioral health agencies from state and county government working in conjunction with community members to protect our community, improve lives, reduce recidivism, and save taxpayer dollars.
“This project, and projects like it, is an important part of our mission to reduce recidivism rates by identifying those individuals with mental health and addiction issues and get them the help they need so we can prevent their return to the criminal justice system,” said Chairman Shapiro.
PCCD follows a rigorous process in awarding competitive grants. For more information on how grants are awarded, please visit here.
MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Leonard, 717.265.8539
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