Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $329,609)
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 Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will use their FY 2009 RSAT grant funds to provide residential substance abuse treatment programming within correctional institutions, including community aftercare. The RSAT Project will pursue the following objectives: (1) To continue funding the Department of Juvenile Justice's (DJJ) residential substance abuse treatment program and aftercare services; (2) To continue funding the DeKalb County Jail's residential substance abuse treatment program and aftercare services; (3) To conduct a more extensive process and outcome evaluation of the residential substance abuse treatment and aftercare programs currently funded by the Georgia RSAT to determine their effectiveness in reducing substance abuse and lowering recidivism; (4) To initiate development of a Planning and Implementation Manual for local jail RSAT programs based on the DeKalb County model and conduct a needs assessment to identify additional sites within metro Atlanta interested in implementing a program based on the DeKalb County model; and, (5) To examine the federally-funded RSAT project within the broader context of state and local strategic criminal justice system policy and program change. Drug testing is a crucial component of inmate treatment and is firmly established in Georgia's program. The DJJ will continue to randomly administer drug tests to RSAT program participants.
The Council, as an important source of federal funding to state programs, has begun reviewing funding priorities from a larger, collaborative context that focuses on system-level priorities. In accordance with the Governor's initiatives on improving management in state agencies, CJCC is committed to strategic planning for the broader criminal justice system.