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Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Training and Technical Assistance Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $800,000)

AHP offers a collaborative, strengths-based, culturally competent, and results-driven approach to TTA that has anticipated and met the needs of RSAT grantees for more than a decade. The AHP RSAT Team comprises subject matter experts from AHP, TASC, and CCI—three agencies nationally recognized for their commitment to identifying and replicating effective strategies for preparing individuals for reintegration into their communities. The team will continue building on the foundation it laid in Promising Practices Guidelines for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment and Jail-based Medication Assisted Treatment: Promising Practices, Guidelines, and Resources for the Field by actively promoting MAT and adherence to RSAT standards through its Fidelity Assessment Initiative, which has already made a difference in 58 facilities in 23 states and U.S. territories. The team will continue to maintain and enhance the RSAT TTA website that (1) features an innovative GeoMap and compendium identifying all active RSAT programs across the United States and its territories, thereby facilitating establishment of learning communities; (2) provides easy and timely access to toolkits, TTA and funding opportunities, feature articles, federal and professional publications, and research studies of interest to the RSAT audience; and (3) answers questions directly posed by RSAT staff in the popular “Forum.”

The team will coordinate additional peer host trainings to gather correctional teams at model prison and jail programs. Other TTA activities include developing and disseminating curricula (including expansion of current curricula to include emerging research findings, facilitator manuals, and slide decks); guidance on substance use disorder treatment programs for pre-trial detainees and on incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into RSAT programming, as well as policy briefs and fact sheets; monthly webinars featuring topics of interest and importance to the field; and videos showcasing model RSAT programs, as well as a video featuring the pathways taken by seven different jails to implement comprehensive MAT and aftercare programs to fit their jurisdictions. To continue raising awareness of RSAT and TTA opportunities, the team will present at relevant national conferences and engage its up-to-date listserv of state administering agencies. Further, the team will work with BJA to engage in cross-organizational coordination among local jurisdictions, federal partners, and interest groups.

Date Created: August 31, 2022