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Residentail Substatnce Abuse Treatment Program for Adults and Juveniles Including an Aftercare Component

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $244,164)

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 Louisiana's FY 2009 RSAT program will provide an alternative to long-term incarceration for first and second-time offenders with substance abuse issues. The state will use the FY 2009 grant funds to sustain the adult and juvenile RSAT programs, which address the substance abuse treatment needs for inmates housed at the Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC), the Forcht-Wade Correctional Center (FWCC), the Ware Youth Center, and participants of the aftercare program. The goals of the FY 2009 RSAT program will be to: 1) Enhance and maintain the on-going planning process, to coordinate the polices developed under the present RSAT program for the treatment of substance abuse problems in correctional populations, and the continued coordination of the specific programs (Hunt, Forcht-Wade, Ware Youth Center, and Aftercare) for providing substance abuse treatment for the State's correctional populations; and, to 2) Enhance and maintain the RSAT program for persons committed to a state correctional institution with coordinated aftercare (supervision and treatment) until completion of the full term of the inmate's sentence.

The adult residential program is a prison-based substance abuse treatment program where eligible non-violent offenders participate in a rigorous multifaceted program emphasizing discipline, education and substance abuse counseling, within a military model. Inmates participate in the incarceration phase for a minimum of 6 months and are recommended for parole to one of three options: an approved residence plan, a residential substance abuse treatment facility, or a work release center. All participants enter into an intensive parole phase lasting a minimum of six months and then continue on to regular parole supervision under the Louisiana Probation and Parole until their full term date expires. The state's RSAT program for juveniles emphasizes removing juvenile offenders from the 'adult' facilities and placing them in less restrictive environments, with a focus on rehabilitation rather than just punishment. Juvenile offenders remain in secure custody where programming and services are offered in Therapeutic Community settings. Federal funds will be specifically used for substance abuse treatment, travel expenses, costs associated with the aftercare program, RSAT related supplies and equipment, and administrative costs.


Date Created: July 27, 2009