The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) Office of Grants and Research (OGR) is responsible for administering the Federal Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Formula Grant Program (RSAT Program). The RSAT Program allows state and county correction facilities to re-examine the manner in which they provide substance abuse treatment to both males and females who are in the custody of the state. The goal of the RSAT Program is to break the cycle of drugs and violence by reducing the demand for, use, and trafficking of illegal drugs. RSAT enhances the capability of states and units of local government to provide residential substance abuse treatment for incarcerated inmates; prepares offenders for their reintegration into the communities from which they came by incorporating reentry planning activities into treatment programs; and assists offenders and their communities through the reentry process.
RSAT funds may be used to implement two types of treatment programs within state and local correctional and detention facilities: 1) Residential, or 2) Jail-based Treatment. Residential Treatment programs are preferred over Jail-based Treatment programs.
Residential Treatment Program
- Programs should last at least 6 and no more than 12 months. If possible, participation should be limited to inmates with 6 to 12 months remaining in their confinement so they can be released from prison instead of returning to the general prison population after completing the program.
- Programs should provide program services in a residential treatment facility that is a dedicated housing unit - a completely separate facility from the general population exclusively for RSAT participants.
- Programs should focus on the substance abuse problems of the inmate.
- Programs must develop the inmate's cognitive, behavioral, social, vocational, and other skills to solve the substance abuse and related problems.
- Programs must require urinalysis and/or other proven reliable forms of drug and alcohol testing for program participants and former participants while they remain in the custody of the state or local government.
- Programs must include an evaluation method to assess the outcome, and track participants' progress.
Jail-based Treatment Programs
- Jail-based programs must be a minimum of 3 months.
- Jail-based programs must strive to separate the treatment population from the general population.
- Jail-based programs must focus on the substance abuse problems of the inmate.
- Jail-based programs must develop the inmate's cognitive, behavioral, social, vocational, and other skills to solve the substance abuse and related problems.
- Programs must be based on effective, scientific practices.
- Jail-based programs must include an evaluation method to assess outcome, and track participants' progress.
States are required by the Federal RSAT Grant to give preference to subgrant applicants who will provide aftercare services to program participants. Aftercare services must involve coordination between the correctional treatment program and other social service and rehabilitation programs, such as education and job training, parole supervision, halfway houses, self-help, and peer group programs. State correctional and local substance abuse treatment programs are encouraged to work together to place program participants in residential correctional facilities that meet the RSAT Program's primary requirements.
For more information please contact:
James Houghton at James.Houghton@state.ma.us or 617-725-3307.