Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $762,875)
The RSAT Program assists states and local governments in the development and implementation of substance use treatment programs in state, local, and tribal correctional and detention facilities. The purpose of the RSAT Program is to break the cycle of drug addiction and violence by reducing the demand for, use, and trafficking of illegal drugs. The Missouri Department of Public Safety, Office of the Director, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Unit would ensure this goal is met by subawarding monies to units of government providing residential substance abuse treatment for incarcerated inmates, preparing offenders for reintegration into communities, and assisting individuals and communities through the reentry process by delivering community-based treatment and other broad-band aftercare services.
Although this is subject to change with the state FY23, which starts July 1, 2022, the Missouri Department of Public Safety has historically only received eligible applications from and subsequently awarded funding to two or more agencies within the state: the Missouri Department of Corrections and the St. Louis County Justice Services Department.
The Missouri Department of Corrections is anticipated to continue a residential program that provides substance abuse treatment services to mobility impaired and other special needs offenders who receive programming services at the Northeast Correctional Center (NECC) in Bowling Green, MO. These clinical services will include assessment and treatment planning, group education, group counseling, individual case management, employability skills, individual counseling and referral to community continuing care in the community. In the event this NECC residential program is not continued, it is expected the Missouri Department of Corrections would start and/or enhance a residential substance treatment program in one or more of its other nine treatment centers throughout the state.
The St. Louis County Justice Services Department is anticipated to continue to provide jail-based and/or aftercare services to inmates sentenced to the CHOICES program by the court. Activities will focus on the substance abuse problems of the inmate and develop the inmate's behavioral, social, vocational, and other skills to solve the substance abuse and related problems. The inmates, as well as released inmates, will be given the opportunity to attend weekly Aftercare groups and individual sessions. Families will be able to participate in sessions with the inmates as well.