Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $200,250)
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. RSAT 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 Missouri Department of Public Safety will use the FY 2007 RSAT program funds to continue supporting long-term therapeutic community substance abuse treatment programs which provide effective, intensive chemical dependency treatment to male and female offenders in correctional institutions throughout Missouri. Offenders receiving a score of four or five on the Substance Abuse Classification Analysis will be considered, since this score indicates a need for long-term, intensive substance abuse treatment. Once enrolled, the program will continue to identify client needs through substance abuse screenings, substance abuse classification analyses, and offender exit interviews. The program will also develop a pilot project for increasing appropriate information sharing for offenders with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders for offenders with moderate and severe mental health diagnoses when they are successfully released. The program expects to maintain an inmate successful completion rate of 75 percent, while improving the successful reintegration of inmates into the community and curbing criminal recidivism. Specific program services to offenders include: individual counseling; group counseling; substance abuse education; therapeutic community activities and intervention; relapse prevention management; pre-release planning; aftercare discharge planning; GED testing; employability skills/life skills classes; and victim impact classes. The program will incorporate three phases based on applicable principles of the therapeutic community model, and will be six months in length. Phase I will last approximately three weeks in length and provide the offender with a comprehensive psychosocial assessment and orientation to Department rules and regulations, the treatment center, the treatment process, and an individualized treatment plan. Phase II is approximately eighteen weeks in length and provides an intensive level of treatment. Finally, Phase III runs for four weeks and has a primary focus on relapse prevention, continuing care/aftercare planning, and family education and support.