Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $184,510)
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 Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice will utilize the FY 2010 RSAT funds for the continuation of substance abuse treatment initiatives. The funds will be used to fund two social worker positions within the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). The Commission will maintain a resource coordinator to serve three of NDCS's residential substance abuse treatment programs. Resource coordinators will spend approximately 25 to 30 percent of their time coordinating services for offenders at the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC), and the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW). They will be located at the Residential Treatment Community (RTC) because of the large size of the treatment unit, which justifies greater resource allocation. A secretarial position will also be maintained at the RTC to assist with processing the workload of new staff. Staff dedicated to resource coordination is will enhanceme the services currently provided and will result in a more complete continuum of care for clients who complete residential programming. The program will also enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of aftercare programs, substance abuse testing, skill development, and coordination.