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Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $1,735,790)

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.

Under the FY 2010 RSAT funds, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) will continue to maintain the continuity of existing RSAT programs and sustain the following goals: (1) provide six to twelve months of substance abuse treatment for juvenile offenders incarcerated in state facilities; (2) provide six to twelve months of substance abuse services for adult offenders incarcerated in state facilities and/or under community supervision; and (3) allocate ten percent of grant funds to provide a three-month minimum of substance abuse services for adult and/or juvenile offenders incarcerated in local facilities and/or under community supervision. The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) program model will be based on a therapeutic community approach, including 12-step counseling, individual counseling, group counseling, drug testing, drug treatment, mental health counseling, victim awareness, domestic violence reduction, family counseling, impulse/anger control, and job skills development. Aside from the juvenile department, the State of Florida has allocated the use of funds to expand mental health and RSAT services for prisoners in state adult correctional facilities and in community-based residential treatment facilities. The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) operates a comprehensive array of substance abuse programming for incarcerated offenders at major institutions, work camps, community correctional centers (work release), and community based facilities. These programs range from low intensity psycho-education and day/night treatment to high intensity residential therapeutic community programs. The DOC and DJJ will continue to coordinate with DCF to identify aftercare programs that are available in the community and support offenders diagnosed with co-occurring disorders.


Date Created: June 2, 2010