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State of Alabama's FY2010 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Grant Program (RSAT)

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $600,351)

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 Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division (LETS Division) will subgrant its FY 2010 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment award funds to the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) to continue operation of eight RSAT programs within Alabama's state correctional facilities. The ADOC currently manages a 6-month substance abuse treatment program within each of the following state prisons: (1) Bibb County Correctional Facility; (2) Donaldson Correctional Facility; (3) Draper Correctional Facility; (4) Easterling Correctional Facility; (5) Limestone Correctional Facility; (6) Tutwiler Prison for Women; (7) Ventress Correctional Facility; and, (8) Bullock Correctional Facility. The ADOC has utilized RSAT program funds to dedicate 1,246 drug treatment beds, expand its drug testing services, and establish eight relapse programs and 22 aftercare programs. The ADOC has created drug-free aftercare program dormitories and work release centers in facilities that house either substance abuse treatment programs or RSAT treatment programs. The ADOC's ongoing priorities are to: (1) Restructure current RSAT program counselor positions to include additional supervision and support for program participants; and, (2) establish a concrete link between aftercare program services, twelve-step programs and community and faith-based aftercare service providers.


Date Created: June 2, 2010