National Recovery Month Webinar
On September 9, 2020, in recognition of National Recovery Month (September), the Office of Justice Programs hosted the webinar, Assisting Communities to Incorporate Recovery Initiatives and Medication Assisted Treatment at All Intercept Points of the Criminal Justice System.
The webinar featured OJP’s Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Katharine Sullivan, and Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Jim Carroll, who discussed their efforts to continue promoting the adoption of medication assisted treatment to treat opioid use disorders in community and corrections settings. The webinar focused on OJP initiatives that expand and enhance the quality of evidence-based addiction treatment, including access to life-saving medication with continuing care in the community.
About the Program
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.
The RSAT Program was created by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-322).
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.