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Tennessee Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $542,160)

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 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.

The Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP), in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Correction, will use the FY 2010 RSAT funds to continue to operate two RSAT programs. The Davidson County Drug Court Program will continue to operate a 100-bed (60 adult males/40 adult females) community-corrections residential facility for its participants. All successful participants of the drug court program will continue to enter into a nine to twelve-month aftercare program developed by the court. The Tennessee Department Of Correction (TDOC) will provide just over 300 treatment beds across three of their treatment facilities. These programs are located in the Turney Center Industrial Prison (226 male beds), Northwestern Correctional Complex (48 male beds) and Mark H. Lutrell Correctional Center (32 female beds). The TDOC programming will incorporate a multi-phase treatment program.

The primary goal of the OCJP in the administration of the RSAT funds will be to enhance, prepare and assist state and local agencies with implementation and continuation of quality residential substance abuse treatment programs that address the total needs of the offender population served. In addition to substance abuse treatment, OCJP will incorporate into each RSAT program other key components of successful rehabilitation, including: (a) vocational training and job placement assistance; (b) life skills training; (c) social skills development; (d) family therapy; (e) cognitive restructuring; and (f) other skills to solve substance abuse and related problems.


Date Created: June 14, 2010