Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

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).


See it now! 

Prison/Jail Medication Assisted Treatment Re-entry Programs



Read it now!
Prison/Jail Medication Assisted Treatment Manual

Once you've seen the video, read the details of these exemplary programs.


RSAT, take note!

All RSAT programs should follow Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' lead.

"The PA DOC will no longer do business with service providers who do not, at all levels, support the use of Medication Assisted Treatment"
Source: PA DOC MAT Expansion Plan, p. 8

What Inmates Tell us About RSAT

RSAT Jail Program Tour

Everything you need to know about your state's health insurance opportunities

Promising Practices, Useful Studies, and News You Can Use:
  • How Medicaid Enrollment of Inmates Facilitates Health Coverage After Release

    Describes how states are saving millions by assisting inmates sign up for health insurance, both in states that have expanded Medicaid and those that have not.

  • Gender differences in HIV risk behaviors in individuals recently released from prison

    Approximately eight million individuals are released from U.S correctional facilities each year and are at increased risk for HIV. This study examine the HIV risk behaviors of inmates post release and found women at higher risk. The take away is that RSAT programs for women should include gender specific interventions to reduce risky drug related and sex related behaviors immediately following release. The study found, for example, that women’s risk was not solely attributable to engaging in transactional sex, but rather were related to other underlying differences between men and women.

  • Treatment in Secure Corrections for Serious Juvenile Offenders

    A practice profile of programs for serious violent and chronic juveniles offenders in secure facilities, including meta-analysis outcomes and costs.

  • The adverse childhood experiences (ACES) survey

    This toolkit can be used to help staff interview female prisoners on adverse childhood experiences that negatively impact on rehabilitation and health. As one woman suffering from trauma explains, the toolkit transformed her from a self-perceived damaged person full of blame and shame to a trauma survivor, able to protect her children and stop the cycle that was her family legacy.

  • LOCKED OUT: Improving Educational and Vocational Outcomes for Incarcerated Youth

    Despite spending $100,000 to $300,000 per incarcerated child in secure facilities, only 13 states provide all incarcerated youth with access to equivalent education as youth in the community. Almost half do nothing to get the youth enrolled in school upon release.

  • Treating Addiction Recovery As Reward, Not Deprivation

    Treating Addiction Recovery As Reward, Not Deprivation discusses positive reinforcements to help prevent relapse

  • Be a Candidate! Submit Your Interest in NIC’s T4C Training for Trainers 2016

    NIC is soliciting interest from criminal justice professionals interested in applying for Thinking for a Change Training for Trainers for Fiscal year 2016. This rigorous blended-delivery program will be offered in three regional locations yet to be determined. Although there is no cost for the training itself, agencies will be responsible for the cost of participant transportation, lodging, and meals.

  • Does mandating offenders to treatment improve completion rates?

    Study shows that mandated treatment, despite initial resistance, results in 10 times greater likelihood of completing treatment than voluntary entry.

  • Prerelease Naltrexone for Prison Inmates Evaluated

    Summary of study of released inmates who received a shot of Vivitrol (injected Naltrexone) before release and then six more over the next six months. Those who followed through did not test positive for opioids compared to those that did not follow through 10% vs. 62.5%, p=0.003.

  • Second Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Demonstration Programs: Implementation Challenges and Lessons Learned

    This initial evaluation of Second Chance grantees includes an examination of re-entry programs that RSAT programs would find of interest.

  • Obama Tells Outdated Opioid Treatment Industry It's Time To Change

    President Obama orders all agencies that provide health care services, contract to provide them, are reimbursed for such services, or facilitate access to health benefits shall review all health benefit requirements, drug formularies, program guidelines, medical management strategies in order to identify any barriers to MAT.

  • Random Drug Testing With Immediate Results and Sanctions Rated “Promising”

    The DOC tested three different models of drug testing: 1) random drug testing with immediate results and immediate sanctions, 2) random drug testing with delayed results and delayed sanctions, and 3) routine (non-random) drug-testing procedures with delayed results and delayed sanctions. The first was found to be a promising practice. It had the lowest rate of positive drug tests (11 percent) during the 6-month treatment period, compared with 20 percent for the first control group and 24 percent for the second control group. The differences among the groups were statistically significant. However, outcomes were not sustained over time.

  • New York City Reentry Court Found to be Effective

    The Harlem Parole Reentry Court is found effective in increasing employment or education, reducing drug use and parole violations as well as reconvictions within 18 months compared to regular parole. The Harlem Parole Reentry Court engages parolees for 6-9 months and has several core elements: (1) pre-release engagement, assessment and reentry planning; (2) active judicial oversight; (3) coordination of support services; (4) graduated and parsimonious sanctions; (5) cognitive behavioral therapy for medium and high risk parolees; and (6) positive incentives for success.

  • 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

Participate in our forum!

Why should prisons or jails provide medications, i.e. drugs, to addicted inmates who are now off drugs, some for the first time in years?