The Second Chance for Women (SCW) Grant Program created a new collaboration for the Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice (DCJ), Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), and Cascadia Behavioral Health. The project integrated existing and grant funded resources to ensure justice-involved women with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse (MH-SA) disorders had access to quality assessment, treatment, case management, and counseling support at a level that met the clinical needs of all who were referred.

A quantitative and qualitative evaluation was also funded to document our efforts. Our goals were to enhance services so that we could help provide stabilization in these women’s lives, reduce arrests in the community, prevent re-entry into the jail system, and encourage successful transition off of community supervision.


Kimberly P. Bernard, PhD
Kelsey Mattick, PhD Candidate
David Schwager, MS

Funding Support
This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs,
Bureau of Justice Assistance, through the Second Chance for Women Grant Program #2015-RW-BX-0001.

Grant Program Oversight
Mark Stovell, Council of State Governments
Jennifer Lewis, Department of Justice

Research & Planning Team Analysts (Current and Former)
Research Associate: Rachel Novick, MA
Research Coordinators: Valerie Adrian, PhD, Meagan Zurn, PhD
Graphic Design: Corie Michaels

Department of Community Justice: Supervision Field Units (Current and Former)
Senior Managers: John McVay, Stu Walker
Parole/Probation Officers: Jolyn Gatto, Averyl Growden
Corrections Technician: Daniel Carrasco

Practitioners from Cascadia Behavioral Health Services
Forensic Clinical Director: Cassie Sturtz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner: Caitlin Margitan
Counselor: Laura McNeil

Executive Leadership of the Department of Community Justice
Director: Erika Preuitt
Deputy Director: Michelle Aguilar
Adult Services Director: Jay Scroggin
Juvenile Services Director: Deena Corso