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A Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) funded program provided by Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP)
in partnership with Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) and AdCare Criminal Justice Services (ACJS).


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RSAT, be on notice!

A new New York law forbids judges from ordering defendants to stop taking FDA approved medications for opioid use disorders. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy praised the New York Law and declared that treatment centers that insist on strict abstinence should be on notice. An ONDCP spokesperson said its goal is to expand access to medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders, and to strengthen policies and contractual language to ensure grantees—including criminal justice and treatment programs—permit the use of FDA-approved medications. RSAT programs need to educate inmates on all treatment modalities for continuing care in the community and refer reentering inmates, where available, to treatment providers that offer evidence-based standard of care, including access to FDA approved medications for opioid and alcohol use disorders.

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Promising Practices, Useful Studies, and News You Can Use:
  • City councilors hold hearing behind bars

    The Suffolk County. Massachusetts Sheriff found a great forum to educate Boston City Councilors on the needs of inmates re-entering the community. With the help of a city councilor, he organized a City Council meeting in his jail where inmates could speak.

  • MAT Overview

    Want to Know about Medication Assisted Treatment? SAMHSA offers a bunch of links to various websites that cover a variety of MAT related topics.

  • ONDCP July Newsletter: President Obama pardons nonviolent drug offenders, visits prison residential drug treatment facility

    President Obama is the first American president to visit a prison. Specifically he toured a residential substance abuse treatment program in El Reno Federal Correctional Institution. His visit testifies to the importance of your work in RSAT programs.

  • Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards

    This is the second volume amplifying drug court best practice standards VI through X. The appendix includes “Complementary Needs Assessments” used to assess needs of substance involved justice populations that may also be of great use in RSAT programs. The instruments are designed for multidimensional clinical needs assessments, criminogenic needs assessments, mental health screens, trauma and PTSD scales, health-Risk Behavior Scales, and criminal thinking scales.

  • Study: PTSD Increases Risk of Criminal Recidivism

    Researchers looked at 771 adult jail inmates with mental disorders and find that PTSD was associated with a greater likelihood of recidivism during the year after their arrest. PTSD was found to be the same as substance use disorders in increasing risk for recidivism. The take away from this research is that PTSD as well as substance abuse should be assessed and then addressed in RSAT programs

  • CVS To Sell Overdose Reversal Drug Without A Prescription In 12 More States

    Given that re-entering opioid addicted inmates are extremely high risk for dying from drug overdose within two weeks of release, the decision of CVS to make Naloxone available without a prescription is good news for the following states: Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, new jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. RSAT programs should reach out to family members of re-entering high risk inmates as well as the inmates themselves to alert them to the availability of Naloxone.

  • Seeking Safety

    Seeking Safety is a manualized program for individuals with co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders. The National Institute of Justice has added it as “Promising” on

  • Prison Without Punishment

    Germany allows inmates to wear their own clothes, cook their own meals, and have romantic visits. Could that work in the United States?
    Wow, now for something completely different! The only thing that is remotely similar is that one of the model RSAT programs allows inmates who successfully complete the first phase of its program to change out of prison jumpsuits and wear button down work shirts and blue jeans. One of the inmates described when he got issued his new clothes he spent three days when locked in his cell just staring at his blue jeans. Said it made him feel human again.

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This months question: Have any states promulgated standards for RSAT jail, prison, or after care programs?