Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $311,478)
2022 RSAT ABSTRACT
Problem and Target Area/Population
Approximately 75% of Connecticut’s prison population are assessed as needing substance abuse treatment, with the majority abusing alcohol and more than a third using opiates. CT Department of Correction’s (CT DOC) Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program will target offenders 18 years of age and older diagnosed with alcohol and opiate addiction.
Project Goals and Objectives
The main goal of RSAT is enhancing the correctional system’s capabilities of jails and prisons to provide residential substance abuse treatment services that move Connecticut closer to meeting the overarching goal of RSAT – To break the cycle of drug use and violence by reducing the demand for, use, and trafficking of illegal drugs.
Such enhancements intended to improve the provision of residential substance abuse treatment services, while maintaining individual treatment gains made during incarceration, 2022 RSAT Goals and Objectives address: Enhance RSAT services through utilization of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) pre- and post-release, voluntarily, by incarcerated individuals diagnosed with alcohol and/or opioid use disorders; Prepare individuals for reintegration into communities statewide through the provision of Aftercare, case management, and coordination of reentry services; Promote Recovery Support Services to aid in rehabilitation and overdose prevention with objectives to offer Therapeutic Treatment Recovery Coaching across facilities and to increase Recovery Coaching support, particularly in CT DOC Parole and Community Services with offenders who are returned to Time Out Program (TOP) for continued drug use; Develop knowledge through professional development to maintain certification to deliver treatment services and educate addiction services staff on opioid use and combatting overdoses; and Ensure fidelity of RSAT-funded programs and treatment through evaluation.
Fund contracts with one or more qualified community providers to administer MAT; deliver aftercare and case management services; deliver recovery coaching; and conduct staff training and evaluation.
OPM will sub-award RSAT and non-federal matching funds to CT DOC for program implementation overseen by the Deputy Warden for Addiction Services as RSAT Project Director.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) to minimum 36 men and women.
Aftercare services with case management to minimum 36 men and women.
Recovery Support Services to minimum 100 men and women across four correctional facilities and Recovery Coaching to estimated 30 TOP clients.
CT DOC Addiction Services staff maintain necessary certification and learn about emerging treatment practices in substance use disorders.
Build a dataset for outcome analysis. Produce report on effectiveness meeting goals and objectives in serving the target population.