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Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program

Overview

2019 RSAT Annual Meeting
Held in conjunction with the National Criminal Justice Association and International Community Corrections Association, the RSAT Annual Meeting was held in September as part of the 2019 National Forum on Criminal Justice.

The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Program assists states, local, and tribal governments in the development and implementation of substance abuse treatment programs in state, local, and tribal correctional and detention facilities. Funds are also available to create and maintain community reintegration services for offenders after they are released from incarceration.

The purpose of the RSAT for State Prisoners Program is to break the cycle of drug addiction and violence by reducing the demand for, use, and trafficking of illegal drugs. RSAT’s objectives are to enhance the capabilities of states and units of local and tribal governments to provide residential substance abuse treatment for incarcerated inmates; prepare inmates for their reintegration into a community by incorporating reentry planning activities into treatment programs; and assist these offenders and their communities through the reentry process by delivering community-based treatment and other broad-based aftercare services.

Legislation
The RSAT Program was created by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-322).