Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $2,852,821)
California 2022 RSAT Program
On July 1, 2012, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) became the state administering agency for California’s Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program. The BSCC is also responsible for administering state and federal funds, guiding local policy and programming and providing technical assistance to local stakeholders in their criminal justice realignment efforts.
The BSCC, with support from the Governor’s Office, is committed to providing treatment services for incarcerated individuals with substance use disorders. As such, the BSCC’s 2022/23 RSAT Program will ensure that sufficient prevention, treatment and recovery services are provided to its clients. The goal of this program is to break the cycle of drugs and violence associated with substance abuse that has impaired a significant number of California’s citizens. Implemented through California’s local correctional and detention facilities and treatment providers, the BSCC’s RSAT Program will help develop the participants cognitive, behavioral, social, vocational and other skills to address drug-induced criminal conduct. Underscored by a workable structure designed to systematically reduce the demand, use and trafficking of illegal drugs, the BSCC has identified evidence-based strategies that, when put into operation, will improve the RSAT Program’s success rate in terms of reducing recidivism.
California’s public safety reforms have shifted certain responsibilities for the inmate population from the state to the local level, and many of the offenders that would have been previously sentenced to prison are now the responsibility of the county jails. Given this transfer of responsibility, California’s RSAT funding will be directed toward local county jails, selected through a competitive-bid process, to help them build capacity to provide substance abuse programs to meet the needs of the increased inmate population during their incarceration and upon reentry into the community. Each project will be funded for a three-year cycle. A new competitive-bid process was competed in June of 2021 resulting in the selection of new cohort of sub-grantees that began on July 1, 2021.