Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $148,199)
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 Maine Department of Public Safety will sub-award the FY 2010 RSAT funds to the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) for program implementation and the provision of services. The RSAT funds will support the current Maine Correctional Center RSAT program and allow for a continuum of the local jail initiatives. Under the RSAT grant funds, the MDOC will continue to operate: (1) Correctional Recovery Academy (CRA); (2) Transitional Recovery Academy (TRA); (3) Nonresidential Community Aftercare Program; and, (4) Jail-Based Program. The MDOC and the Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) Services of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will continue the collaboration efforts to provide the Intensive Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Services. The CRA is a 9-month program designed to treat residents based upon predetermined goals. Treatment services will continue to be provided to adult male offenders assessed and determined to have a severe or substantial level of addiction. The TRA complements the CRA program, providing a three-month residential transitional substance abuse treatment program. This program responds to the needs of inmates with regard to community transition with a focus on relapse prevention and aftercare.
The Nonresidential Community Aftercare Program will continue to connect program participants to community substance abuse treatment services as the individual leaves a residential program. The Department of Corrections Division of Community Corrections and the Office of Substance Abuse will continue to collaborate and coordinate with the regional alcohol and drug treatment providers/agencies to match clients with effective substance abuse treatment providers located in close proximity to the client's residential community. The Jail-Based Program will continue to provide Residential Substance Abuse Treatment to up to 50 York County Jail inmates who are within 6 months of release from custody.