Virginia’s Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT)

Virginia’s Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) purpose is to improve public safety by reducing recidivism among substance abusing offenders completing RSAT programs. Virginia jail-based Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) are designed to enhance the substance abuse treatment system of Virginia by preparing offenders for reentry into the community and by incorporating reentry planning activities into the later phases of the RSAT treatment program in jails. RSAT jail-based programs provide individual and group treatment services for offenders in intensive residential settings (24 hours a day – 7 days per week) that are operated in jail-based correctional facilities.

The treatment used is a combination of the therapeutic community and cognitive therapy methods. Virginia is presently attempting to do research on this target population and, given a recent increase of attention to the mentally ill entangled in the justice system, special attention has been drawn to that population diagnosed with co-occurring disorders. The Commonwealth is working to learn which are the best evidence-based practices to use with this large, treatment target population (approximately 15,000 – 24,000) of inmates with substance use, mental health only, or co-occurring disorders.

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has provided RSAT grant planning, technical assistance, and grants management services to criminal justice system organizations to improve public safety since 1996.

RSAT 2015 Guidelines - ( doc ) | ( pdf )

Contact Information

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Stephanie Arnold
Department of Criminal Justice Services
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804.371.0531


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