Submit an innovative tool or app to help individuals reentering their community after incarceration. Win cash.

Studies show that people leaving the criminal justice system have a higher proportion of substance use and mental disorders than the general population. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, invites developers to create an innovative software-based solution, with housing, employment, prevention, treatment and recovery information, to assist offenders and their friends, family, probation officers, jail and prison case workers, and others who help them reintegrate into their communities.

No need to create new content—this is a chance to get creative with how to present existing SAMHSA content and other information (see “REQUIREMENTS” below and the Rules tab for more information). 

Think you have a $10,000 idea? See the Rules tab for full requirements and information on how to enter this challenge. Download the Use Cases.

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This challenge is open to Individuals (legal U.S. residents and citizens at least 18 years of age at the time of entry); Teams of eligible individuals; and Organizations (up to 100 employees).

See the Rules tab for full eligibility and submission requirements.


Content: You must use the SAMHSA content and information specified in the asset file as the content for your product. You may not substantially alter the meaning, intent, or otherwise misrepresent the content from SAMHSA’s products in whole or in part. The intention of this clause is to ensure that the integrity of the content is maintained. 

Audience: Your submission should be developed to assist offenders and their friends, family, probation officers, jail and prison case workers, and others who help them reintegrate into their communities and must include the assets included in the Offender Reintegration Challenge Asset file. The Use Cases  provide examples of the audience for whom you are developing the product. 

Platforms: Your submission must include a software component such as:

  • Native smartphone or tablet app (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile)
  • Web app
  • Desktop app (Windows PC, Mac Desktop) 

New and Existing Solutions: Submissions may be newly created or pre-existing products modified to meet the content and requirements of this Challenge. 

Supplementary Materials: You must submit a brief demo video of no more than five (5) minutes that demonstrates and explains the product, uploaded to ChallengePost and YouTube. You must also submit at least one (1) image/screenshot of your working product. 

If you’re among the top five finalists, you may also be asked to participate in a webinar session with the judging panel to explain your product further. 

Testing: You must make your product available for no charge to judges for evaluation during the judging period. 

Availability: A free version of your product must be made available free of cost to the public for at least one (1) calendar year. 

See the Rules tab for full eligibility and submission requirements.

How to enter

Before entering the contest, please review the rules and eligibility requirements by clicking on the Rules tab at the top of this page. 

  1. Create an account or log in with an existing ChallengePost account.
  2. On, click on the Register button to confirm your interest in participating. This step ensures that you will receive important challenge updates.
  3. Visit SAMHSA’s Store to access the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Toolkit.
  4. Create your product!
  5. Provide a link to a website or app store where your application can be accessed or downloaded free of charge by SAMHSA, ChallengePost, and the judges OR provide a free login.
  6. Confirm that you have read and agree to the Official Rules, and submit your app by including:
  • a title, and one or more images of the app;
  • a video (5 minutes or less) demonstrating the working app on a phone or tablet, Web    browser, Mac or PC computer, or an emulator;
  • a text description of the app’s functionality;
  • a text description of testing instructions for the app (including operating system, device, or testing environment requirements, etc.)
  • URL link to your app, and all other required submission form fields.

Questions? Click the Discussions tab to submit a question to SAMHSA about this challenge.


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Laura Rosas
J.D., MPH, Lead Public Health Advisor, SAMHSA

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of Performance
    40 points -includes how well the Application functions technically, and extent to which the Application responds to the Competition topic & target audience, & how thoroughly & clearly the solution utilizes the required assets.
  • Quality of User Experience
    25 points -includes visual aesthetic and ease of use.
  • Potential Impact
    25 points -includes the potential impact related to successfully informing target audiences about the resources available to them for employment, housing, healthcare, treatment and recovery.
  • Feasibility of Use
    10 points -includes how easily target audiences and members of the public can access and use the Application.