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Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners in Massachusetts

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $101,701)

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.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety (EOPS) will utilize the FY 2009 RSAT funds to support sub-grants to Massachusetts County Sheriffs' Departments to provide science-based substance abuse treatment for offenders and quality coordinated aftercare services. The Massachusetts County Sheriffs' Departments will use the RSAT funds for personnel expenses. The primary RSAT staff activities will be: (1) to formulate and monitor each offender's treatment plan; (2) develop a program tracking system; (3) perform random urinalysis testing or other proven drug testing methods for all RSAT participants; and, (4)address substance abuse related issues.

The jail-based treatment programs will be set aside from the general population and will be a minimum of 3 months in length. The aftercare services will involve coordination between the treatment program and human service and rehabilitation programs such as education and job training, parole supervision, halfway houses, self-help, and peer group rehabilitation programs. The EOPS anticipates that the RSAT program will reduce future victimization and increase the chances for success of those offenders leaving incarceration and returning to communities.


Date Created: July 27, 2009