Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,096,452)
The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) will primarily use the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) funds to support a coordinator position to oversee the program and provide subawards to detention centers, jails, prisons, or aftercare programs that partner with correctional institutions to provide services prior to release. To address both the opioid crisis and the concurrent rise in stimulant abuse, DCJS plans to use 2023 RSAT funds in the form of both new and continuation grants that will focus on traditional substance use treatment programs for those housed in detention centers, jails, or prisons; aftercare programs with a focus on reentry and substance use treatment needs of the newly-released, justice involved population with a goal of creating a continuity of care from incarceration to community; or Medicated Assisted Treatment Programs that have an aftercare services component. Programs housed within detention centers, prisons, and local and regional jails will be required to work in collaboration with a behavioral health entity for continued services upon reentry to include lifestyle changes, behavioral health interventions, and substance use treatments. DCJS will require all RSAT subgrantees to focus on partnerships and innovative collaborations with community stakeholders to ensure that care is provided in a wraparound fashion. The overall program goal is to reduce the number of overdose deaths in Virginia.