Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $96,348)
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 State of Massachusetts' FY 2007 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment award will be used by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety to reduce future victimization and increase the chances for success for offenders leaving incarceration and reintegrating into the community. The program's goal is to facilitate coordination between correctional treatment programs and other human service and rehabilitation programs, such as education and job training, parole supervision, halfway houses, self-help, and peer group programs that aid in rehabilitation. The FY 2007 RSAT funds will be used to sponsor the following activities: 1) Develop a collaborative model project that promotes the efforts of state and local law enforcement agencies and offers strong reintegration programs for juvenile and adult offenders reentering the community; and 2) Develop and provide standard statewide approaches to pre- and post-release programming in the adult and juvenile corrections system. The overall goal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' RSAT program is the enhancement of prisoner reentry services.