Introducing a new tab for
State Administrators and Points of Contact
BJA’s mission is to strengthen the nation’s criminal justice system and help America’s state, local, and tribal jurisdictions reduce and prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and promote a fair and safe criminal justice system. To assist with this mission, BJA enlists the expertise of leading practitioners to deliver training and technical assistance (TTA) to address chronic and emerging criminal justice challenges nationwide. For more information on BJA’s mission and strategic plan, visit https://www.bja.gov/about/index.html
To improve communication and coordination between federal and state partners, the State/Territory Administrator’s tab has been developed with the dual purpose of serving as a direct connection to new information on BJA leadership initiatives, while providing state administrators and points of contact with a toolkit of existing resources that will be useful in assisting RSAT administrators with the distribution and oversight of BJA funding. The purpose of the RSAT funding is to develop and implement substance abuse treatment programs in state, local, and tribal correctional and detention facilities and to create and maintain community-based aftercare services for offenders.
Resources within this toolkit will be frequently updated to provide administrators with the latest research findings, substance abuse treatment initiatives, and collaborative funding opportunities available.
New, First Ever RSAT Virtual Tour Just one Click Away!
See it now, a 27 minute video that provides a virtual tour of a model jail RSAT program.
The Barnstable House of Correction RSAT program is based on a modified therapeutic community composed of specially training correctional officers, treatment counselors and inmates. The program features a robust aftercare program, including a Community Reentry Council consisting of community treatment and service providers and community corrections that meets to develop referrals and resources for each inmate six weeks before release. The program was also the first of its kind to provide injected naltrexone to inmates to facilitate drug free transition back to the community.
Click here for a short supplementary program manual on this model House of Correction RSAT Program.
See this too, a short video featuring current and former RSAT inmates describing their RSAT experience. In their own words, they provide a compelling case that all our jails and prisons should have robust RSAT programs!
Our special thanks to Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings, his staff, as well as current and former RSAT inmates for their support and assistance in working with Nick Noyes, our producer, to make this virtual tour possible.