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Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program

The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) program aims to break the cycle of drugs and violence by reducing the demand for illegal drugs

RSAT Overview

The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) program helps enhance the capability of state and local units of government to provide residential substance abuse treatment for incarcerated inmates and prepares offenders for their reintegration into society. RSAT funds may be used to implement two types of treatment programs within state and local correctional facilities - Residential or Jail-Based Treatment.

Residential Treatment Program Requirements

  • Programs should last at least 6 months and no more than 12 months
  • Programs should provide program services in a residential treatment facility that is a dedicated housing unit - a completely separate facility from prison 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 problem
  • Programs must require urinalysis and/or other proven reliable forms of drug and alcohol testing for program participants
  • Programs must include an evaluation method to track and assess participants' progress

Jail-Based Treatment Program Requirements

  • 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 be based on effective, scientific practices
  • Jail-based programs must develop the inmate's cognitive, behavioral, social, vocational, and other skills to solve the substance abuse problem
  • Jail-based programs must include an evaluation method to track and assess participants' progress

States are required to give preference to 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. 

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