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2009 RSAT

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $86,182)

The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment 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 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 2008 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 Iowa will use FY 2009 RSAT funds to continue to operate two gender-specific treatment programs for high-risk youth in the criminal juvenile justice system. The subgrantee, the State Training School/Iowa Juvenile Home (STS/IJH), will continue to provide substance abuse treatment for male juvenile offenders at the STS, and for female juvenile offenders, at the IJH.

The goal of the STS/IJH is to establish an intensive treatment program designed to address the resident's involvement with mood-altering substances. To meet the goal, the STS/IJH will aim to do the following: (1) The RSAT program at STS will admit 50 students per year; (2) 100% of the students admitted to the RSAT program will receive treatment that follows the federal guidelines of the RSAT program; (3) The RSAT program at STS will conduct and track the results of pre and post testing to assess client understanding of the treatment information; (4) 80% of the students who receive a trial home visit during their stay in the RSAT program will attend AA/NA meetings on their home visit; and, (5) 90% of the students who are discharged from the RSAT program will receive a referral to a community-based recovery program.

Approximately fifty students are admitted to the program per year. This includes thirty male and twenty female juvenile residents. The length of the program ranges from 6 to a maximum of 12 months. The resident's progress in treatment is monitored monthly on the Iowa Division of Substance Abuse (DSA) Continuing Stay Criteria form. This criteria is developed by DSA Managed Care System for Iowa to identify if a resident is making progress in treatment or not, and what level of intervention is appropriate for continued therapy. As the resident approaches discharge, the specific level of treatment involvement is determined to promote success upon the resident's return to the community.

When a resident is nearing the end of his stay, a placement planning meeting is held between the resident, institutional counselor, juvenile court officer or field social worker, parents, counselor and resident if appropriate. The counselor makes a recommendation for continued treatment activities in the resident's placement community. The juvenile court officer or field social worker is the staff in the field that supervises the residents upon their return to the community.


Date Created: July 27, 2009