Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program

About the Course:

The need for drug treatment in state and federal prisons and local jails is evident. The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Program, or RSAT, was created to help states and units of local governments develop, implement, and improve residential substance abuse treatment programs in state and local correctional and detention facilities. This publication discusses the RSAT program.


Bureau of Justice Assistance

Publication Date:

April 2005


Bureau of Justice Assistance

About the Author:

The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the creation, funding history, and program requirements of the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program.

  2. Identify RSAT program components, including for in-prison and aftercare services.

  3. Describe changes made to the RSAT program, including those involving jail-based substance abuse programs, and discuss RSAT program evaluation, at both the national and state levels.

  4. Discuss the RSAT programs that exist in each state and the distinctive components of each.

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