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Wyoming Women's Center - Intensive Treatment Unit Residential Substance Abuse Treatment For State Prisoners Program FY 2010

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $147,007)

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 Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDC) will use the FY 2010 RSAT funds to continue to support the Women's Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU), a residential substance abuse treatment program for women incarcerated at the Wyoming Women's Center (WWC) in Lusk, Wyoming. The WWC is the only adult facility in Wyoming for convicted female felons and has the capacity for 298 inmates. Currently the population of the WWC stands at 189 beds. There are currently 295 inmates housed at the WWC. The current ITU program can accommodate up to 32 women and is designed to provide gender-specific substance abuse treatment services in a modified therapeutic community setting. The program is located in a newly constructed housing unit separate from the general prison population. The goal of the program is to provide offenders with an opportunity to learn skills that will lead to recovery from substance abuse and provide the tools necessary to live a crime free life. Ten percent of the grant funds will be made available for continuing substance abuse treatment in areas where only private substance abuse treatment services are available or they are not eligible for state supported programs.


Date Created: September 16, 2010