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BJA FY09 RSAT Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $38,948)

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 District of Columbia will use the FY 2009 RSAT funds to enable the DC Justice Grants Administration (JGA) and the Department of Corrections (DOC) to provide enhanced after-care services, post-discharge tracking, and outcome evaluation for all RSAT participants. The DOC provides on-site residential substance abuse treatment and education services for to up to 60 inmates (40 males and 20 females) at any given time at its Central Detention Facility and Correctional Treatment Facility, respectively. The FY 2009 funds will be used to hire two Outreach Counselors to serve a minimum of 100 RSAT inmates for the period from June 2009 through December 2009. The District's Health Services Administration (HSA) will undertake the evaluation of this program, using a bi-dimensional strategy in its evaluation.

The first component of the program will consist of a programmatic Continuous Quality Improvement process that will measure adherence to pre-determined assessments, workshop formats, treatment intervention procedures, recordkeeping, and other relevant operational standards. The second component will use an outcome tracking and evaluation process to assist JGA in reporting on the RSAT performance measures. The JGA grant manager will monitor the program for compliance to RSAT requirements and serve as the liaison between USDOJ, DOC and HSA. The JGA will provide direct oversight, programmatic/financial monitoring and technical assistance to this program that will be implemented by DOC.


Date Created: July 27, 2009