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RSAT Federal 2010, State FY 2011

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $853,680)

The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Program assists states and local governments to develop and implement substance abuse treatment programs in state and local correctional and detention facilities and to create and maintain community-based aftercare services for offenders. The goal of the RSAT Program is to break the cycle of drugs and violence by reducing the demand for, use, and trafficking of illegal drugs. RSAT enhances the capability of states and units of local government to provide residential substance abuse treatment for incarcerated inmates; prepares offenders for their reintegration into the communities from which they came by incorporating reentry planning activities into treatment programs; and assists offenders and their communities through the reentry process through the delivery of community-based treatment and other broad-based aftercare services. RSAT funds may be used to implement three types of programs: residential, jail-based, and aftercare. At least 10 percent of the total state allocation for FY 2010 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 Michigan Department of State Police (MSP) will provide RSAT funds to the Michigan Department of Corrections to support residential substance abuse treatment services at the Cooper Street Correctional Facility for male offenders. Two housing units are used only for RSAT participants, and the units have 142 beds dedicated to providing primary treatment services for the Phase I core program and an additional 10 beds for the Phase II treatment program. Participation is for 6 to 12 months, and treatment is based on a cognitive behavioral approach. Offenders receive individual treatment plans that include daily group therapy, weekly individual therapy, assistance with job skills and development, and constructive leisure activities. Ancillary services are provided to all participants to perpetuate a sense of community and promote the ideals of 'living right' and 'healthy lifestyles.' The Department of Corrections has a unique random testing program for all prisoners that samples approximately three percent of the prison population each month. In fiscal year 2009, over 38,000 total tests were conducted, including on-site tests, and the results showed an overall positive test rate of 1.3 percent. The MSP will also continue to support the St. Clair County Jail-Based RSAT program that provides an intensive programming environment designed to target the substance abuse, case management, and reentry needs of the felony jail population. Eligible offenders participate in a three-phase, 90-day residential treatment program that includes intensive addiction education, substance abuse outpatient therapy, and reentry services. The initial educational component provides offenders with information on addiction and its effects, relapse, and recovery. This component is followed by a cognitive skills based therapeutic component that addresses breaking the patterns of addiction and the relationship between criminal behavior and substance abuse. The final phase of the program focuses on decreasing risk factors for recidivism and relapse to substance abuse and incarceration and participants receive case management and assistance with reentry issues. By the end of the program, participants have a detailed aftercare plan that is monitored and implemented with the support of court-ordered supervision.


Date Created: May 27, 2010