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Wisconsin RSAT 2010

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $480,063)

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 State of Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance will utilize the FY 2010 RSAT funds to focus efforts on two programs - a state program at Wisconsin Department of Corrections' Taycheedah Correctional Institution and a local program at the Milwaukee County Correctional Facility. The program at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections is a continuation of their dual diagnosis program, STRENGTH. The STRENGTH program will continue to address the treatment needs of the female state prisoners identified as having a dual disorder of substance abuse and chronic mental illness. The goals of the program are: (1) to manage chemical addiction and mental illness; (2) address criminal attitudes and negative thinking patterns; (3) improve the ability of participants to function effectively; (4) engage offenders in a long-term, community-based program of maintenance, rehabilitation stabilization and recovery; and, (5) to provide consultation with parole supervisors/agents on specific issues or behavioral monitoring. The STRENGTH Program is a six-month residential dual diagnosis program which will serve 25 to 28 female offenders.

The program at the Milwaukee County Correctional Facility will provide offenders the help needed to make successful transitions from incarceration to drug-free, crime-free lifestyles. The program is designed for individuals with substance abuse problems and histories of criminal conduct. The goals of the program are to prepare offenders for reintegration into the community, to enhance the capability of state and units of local government to provide residential substance abuse treatment, and to assist both the offenders and their communities through the reentry process. This program, which is a
16-week program, will serve approximately 60 inmates.


Date Created: July 13, 2010