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Residential substance abuse treatment for adult offenders.

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $85,402)

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 2009 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 Kansas will utilize the FY 2009 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) formula grant funds to fund Therapeutic Community (TC) treatment programs at the Kansas Department of Correction's Osawatomie Correctional Facility (OCF) and Topeka Correctional Facility. The goals of the RSAT program are as follow: (1) Program graduates will not return to prison within one year of release; (2) The graduates will not return to prison due to substance abuse infractions for at least 24 months after release; and, (3) Graduates will obtain employment for at least a four-month period.

To meet these goals, the grantee will use the FY RSAT 2009 funds to help the participants:(a)Complete detailed individualized treatment plans'; (b) Demonstrate the ability to maintain a role with high levels of responsibility; (c) Complete detailed individualized relapse prevention plans; (d) Complete comprehensive release plans (e) Successfully complete the Thinking for a Change cognitive program; (f) Demonstrate success by maintaining the highest level of privileges in the TC's graduated incentive system; (g) Complete treatment modules identified within individualized treatment plans; (h) Write job and education history summaries prior to release; and, (i) Work with Transitional Case Manager to identify a series of needs and assessments prior to release.

Approximately eleven months prior to release, TC participants engage in programming intended to assist in overcoming addictive, anti-social, and other deviant behaviors. The TC approach uses the 'Community as Method' treatment model and includes individual and group therapy, peer counseling, and participation in other therapeutic activities. Participants engage in numerous treatment modules to assist participants in recognizing thinking errors and values. As offenders progress through the three phases of the TC program (i.e. Orientation, Treatment, and Transition), they begin to work with a community-based Transitional Case Manager (TCM) to prepare for release and continue care support services upon return to their community.

There are 1,800 hours of aftercare counseling and 10 transitional TC beds. In addition to utilizing these beds for residential aftercare services, the Osawatomie and Topeka Therapeutic Community programs provide coordination between the treatment programs and community social service and rehabilitation programs. The staff works with TC program participants to assist with education and job training opportunities, continuing care halfway house placement, self-help and peer support groups, residential issues, and budgeting skills. The Transitional Case Manager will continue to work closely with facility unit team staff and assigned parole officers to ensure that issues relative to parole supervision and continuing care/relapse prevention are addressed.


Date Created: July 27, 2009