Overview: The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSAT)
was created to fund the development of substance abuse treatment programs in state
and local correctional facilities. The program encourages states to adopt comprehensive
approaches to substance abuse treatment for offenders. The Residential Substance
Abuse Treatment program is divided into three components:
- The requirements for the RSAT Program in prisons and juvenile detention facilities
are statutorily mandated. As such, a program must be: designed to last between 6
to 12 months; provided in residential treatment facilities set apart from the general
correctional population; directed at the substance abuse problems of the inmate;
and develop the prisoner?s cognitive, behavioral, social, vocational, and other
skills to solve the inmate?s substance abuse and related problems. It is preferred
that treatment commence 6 to 12 months prior to release from prison.
- The jail-based treatment program requirements also are statutorily mandated.
It requires: a program must be designed to last at least three months; make every
effort to set apart the treatment population from the general population; focus
on the substance abuse problems of the offender; develop the prisoner?s cognitive,
behavioral, social, vocational, and other skills as to solve the inmate?s substance
abuse and related problems; and be science-based and effective.
- Treatment after-release provides substance abuse treatment, for up to one
year, to parolees after incarceration. The program must focus on the substance abuse
problems of the offender and must develop the inmates cognitive, behavioral, social,
vocational, and other skills as to solve the substance abuse and related problems.
Each component must provide urinalysis and/or other certified forms of drug and
alcohol testing of individual participants during their participation in the program.
The goal of the program is to develop one underlying, evidence-based treatment model
that will strengthen the program by providing uniform treatment for all participants
and provide staff with specific curriculum training to ensure familiarity with the
treatment selected. In addition, the program should focus on providing coordinated
services for offender after-release treatment and re-entry to the community.
Legislation: The RSAT Grant Program was created by Title III, Subtitle
U of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (the Crime Act).
Funding: The amount of funding received by the state is determined
by a base amount added to an allocation equal to the states? proportional share
of total prison population in all participating jurisdictions.
Eligibility: State and county correctional agencies or facilities.
How/When To Apply: After enactment of the federal appropriations (usually
in the first quarter of the federal fiscal year), The Bureau of Justice Assistance
(BJA) notifies the State Administrative Agency (SAA) that the funds are available.
If sufficient federal funding is available, the grant application is available in
late February or early March of each year on the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission
web site, www.azcjc.gov, under Grants.
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Grant Program Overview: