Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $51,547)
The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Formula Grant Program (RSAT) assists states and local governments in developing and implementing substance abuse treatment programs in state and local correctional and detention facilities. The RSAT Program also assists states and local governments in creating and maintaining community-based aftercare services for offenders who are released from institutionally based substance abuse programs. Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Formula Grant funds may be used to implement three types of programs. At least 10 percent of the total state allocation for FY 2007 shall be made available to local correctional and detention facilities (provided such facilities exist) for either residential substance abuse treatment programs or jail-based substance abuse treatment programs as defined below.
The FY 2007 RSAT award will provide continued support for two Alaska Department of Corrections' RSAT therapeutic community programs: (1) the women's thirty-two bed program at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River and (2) the men's forty-two bed program at the Wildwood Correctional Center located in Kenai. The goal of Alaska's Residential Substance Abuse Treatment program is to break the cycle of drug use and violence by reducing the demand for, use, and trafficking of illegal drugs by using the therapeutic community model as an approach to treating the most seriously addicted incarcerated inmates. This approach focuses on the drug and/or alcohol abuse and addiction of the inmate as well as the associated problems that reduce the inmate's capacity to function appropriately in society. The RSAT program will disrupt the cycle of addiction and recidivism for those inmates who have failed in less intensive treatment modalities.