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Rsidential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $506,539)

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.

Under the FY 2010 RSAT funds, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPC) will administer the FY 2010 RSAT funding to the sole subgrantee, South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC). The department will use the funds to operate two residential substance abuse treatment facilities under the therapeutic community model. One of the programs will focus on male youthful offenders, whereas, the other one on females. The Programs will focus on the substance abuse problems of the offenders and develop the offenders' cognitive, behavioral, social, vocational and other skills to solve substance abuse and related problems. The goals of the program will be to: 1) Continue the identification, assessment and referral of adult drug offenders needing addictions treatment services who are presently incarcerated in the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC); 2) maintain a continuum of care in a therapeutic community environment for adult inmates; 3) provide inmates who have successfully completed the program and are returning to their communities, a coordinated response among agencies responsible for treatment, support and supervision; and 4) reduce recidivism as compared to similar inmate populations which did not receive drug treatment programs in the Addition Treatment Units (ATUs).


Date Created: June 14, 2010