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Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Requirements
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The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program promotes funding activities within three different areas: prison-based, jail-based, and aftercare treatment services. Each area has different requirements as outlined below.

Prison-Based Treatment Programs

  • Programs must be between 6-12 months. If possible, participation should be limited to inmates with 6 to 12 months remaining in confinement.
  • Programs should provide services in a dedicated housing unit, separate from general population, where possible.
  • Programs should focus on the substance abuse problems of the inmate.
  • Programs must develop the inmate’s cognitive, behavioral, social, vocational and other skills to solve substance abuse and other related problems.
  • Programs must require urinalysis and/or other proven reliable forms of drug/alcohol testing for current and former participants while they remain in custody.
  • Programs must include an evaluation method to assess outcomes and track progress.


Jail-Based Treatment Programs

  • Programs must be a minimum of 3 months.
  • Programs must strive to separate the treatment population from general population where possible.
  • Programs must focus on the substance abuse problems of the inmate.
  • Programs must develop the inmate’s cognitive, behavioral, social, vocational, and other skills to solve substance abuse and related problems.
  • Programs must be based on effective, evidence-based, scientific practices.
  • Programs must include an evaluation method to assess outcome and track progress.


Aftercare Programs

Aftercare services funded through RSAT must include coordination between the correctional treatment program and other social service and rehabilitation programs. These coordination efforts should include: education and job training, parole supervision, halfway houses, self-help, and/or peer group programs.

To qualify as an aftercare program, the head of the aftercare facility must work in conjunction with state and local authorities to assist the placement of program participants into community-based substance abuse programs upon release.