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North Dakota State Penitentiary Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $136,153)

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 North Dakota State Penitentiary, licensed by the North Dakota Department of Human Services/Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, will use the FY 2010 RSAT funds to continue to support the alcohol and drug treatment program. The long-term goal of the RSAT funding is to reduce the incidence of relapse and recidivism among those offenders who complete the RSAT program. The North Dakota Department of Corrections (DOC) will use the funds to continue funding social work staff to initiate a change in behavior while clients are in the facility. The North Dakota State Penitentiary Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners program will utilize Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) in conjunction with the DSM-IV five axis diagnoses for identifying of problem areas and the individual goals of inmate residents. The services will continue to be in the areas of substance abuse testing and treatment, employment and vocational training opportunities, GED programming, computer skills, decision making, money management, problem solving, goal setting, effective parenting, relapse prevention, and recidivism. Upon release, the program will provide the clients with intensive aftercare programming.


Date Created: June 2, 2010