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NEW! Hot Off the Press: FAQs about RSAT for State Prisoners Program

BJA's newly released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Program provides important guidance for grantees and subgrantees. The FAQ addresses questions regarding funding eligibility, use of funds for a variety of programming components, such as drug/alcohol testing, therapeutic communities, Medication Assisted Treatment, and more. 


NEW! RSAT Training Curricula: Correctional Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment Programming Guide

This manual consists of several sections designed for different specific audiences to increase its utility for RSAT practitioners, including: 1) policy makers and program administrators; 2) program treatment staff; and 3) prison and jail clinicians. Although these separate audiences will be involved in alcohol use disorder treatment programming in different ways, it may be of use that all share a common understanding of treating persons with this disorder provided by this guide.




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2023 SAMHSA Funding could Greatly Benefit Prison and Jail SUD Programs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released its funding opportunities for 2023. While only one targets corrections, there are several that address areas of prime concern for prisons and jails. Interested jail and prison administrators can ask state and county governments eligible to receive these federal grants to include them in applying for these grants. Here are some of the relevant funding opportunities:

  1. Grants to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems, Opportunity #: SM-23-011, Estimated Total Program Funding: $8,605,317.

    Certainly, the greatest concentration of persons at extreme risk for suicide are in prisons and jails. No comprehensive anti-suicide program should overlook these populations.

  2. Medication-Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction Grant Program,mOpportunity #: TI-23-001, Estimated Total Program Funding: $9,700,000.

    The largest single concentration of people in need of OUD medication reside in the nation’s prisons and jails. Unfortunately, some of the most promising and safest medications provided in prisons and jails are some of the most expensive, including extended release, injectable naltrexone and buprenorphine. Both allow correctional institutions to eliminate daily medicine lines.

  3. Offender Reentry Program, Opportunity #: TI-23-006, Estimated Total Program Funding $8,925,000.

    States and Territories may receive these grants to expand SUD treatment and related recovery and reentry services for persons released from prisons and jails. To be effective, these programs should obviously begin within the institutions before release.



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We have heard that motivational interviewing is a good technique for correctional SUD treatment programs. Do any prison or jail RSAT programs use it? Can we learn how to do this ourselves from a curriculum that may be available for free or do we need special training?