RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


Federal Juvenile Justice Grant for Girls Re-entry
September 23, 2011

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is accepting applications for funding to implement the Second Chance Act (SCA) Re-entry Demonstration Project for Girls. The PCCD Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention was awarded federal funds to address a significant gap in the provision of aftercare services to female offenders with past or ongoing histories of trauma. A pilot project will introduce a therapeutic component to re-entry services for juvenile females from the southeast region of Pennsylvania returning to their communities from delinquency placements, where the placement programming included treatment for symptoms related to past or ongoing trauma.

Up to $175,000 will be made available to hire community-based therapists to work with an estimated population of 84 girls while in placement and upon discharge. Girls will be from Philadelphia, Delaware, Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery counties. Therapists will be required to work with each girl’s probation officer in the development and implementation of the aftercare plan. Therapists will be required to meet each girl and facility staff at the residential placement and be responsible for continuing therapy with each girl upon her return home. The therapeutic model must address trauma. The goal of the project is to increase public safety and reduce recidivism.

Applicants must register in the PCCD Egrants System at www.pccd.state.pa.us. Applications will only be accepted through this system. Critical dates for applicants are:

  • September 28, recommended Egrants agency registration,
  • October 5, recommended Egrants user registration,
  • December 13, mandatory registration deadline, and
  • October 12, final Egrants application deadline.
Grant information is available on from PCCD through this link. PCCD staff may field questions to clarify the funding announcement. All questions must be sent by email to Christina Cosgrove-Rooks (ccosgrove@pa.gov).


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