Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT)

Grant Program Information:Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program for Offenders (RSAT)
Source of Funds:


Most Recent Award: $323,811 
Funding History:

DCJS is required to pass through 90% of that amount to local units of government and state agencies responsible for incarceration for both juveniles and adults. The Department is allowed to retain 10% for administrative costs associated with running the program.

Program Background:

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment programs continue to provide individual and group treatment activities for offenders in residential facilities that are operated by state and local correctional agencies.  These programs must (as required by 42 U.S.C. 3796ff): a. last at least 6 and no more than 12 months; b.  be provided in residential treatment facilities set apart from the general correctional population;  “set apart” means a completely separate facility or a dedicated housing unit within a facility exclusively for use by program participants; c.  focus on the substance abuse problems of the inmate, d. develop the inmates’ cognitive, behavioral, social, vocational, and other skills to address the substance and related problems; and e. utilize current evidence based practices in service delivery.

The federal rules require grant recipients to provide matching funds equal to 25% of the costs of their projects.  DCJS requires a 25% match in their first two years, 50% in the 3rd and 75% in the 4th and final year. 
Purpose of Program:

The goal of the RSAT program is to break the cycle of drugs and violence by reducing the demand for, use of, and trafficking of illegal drugs.  The objectives of the RSAT Program are to:

  • Enhance the capability of states and units of local government to provide residential substance abuse treatment for incarcerated inmates.
  • Prepare offenders for their reintegration into the communities from which they came by incorporating reentry planning activities into treatment programs.

Depending on the availability of federal funds each year and project performance, DCJS seeks to support projects for up to four years.

Evidence to Support Achievement:

Applicants for grants are required to specify measurable objectives in their proposals and those awarded funding must report quarterly to DCJS on their progress in achieving them.

Current Issues:

Reductions and fluctuations in the amount of funds available from year-to-year make it difficult to plan for and make the most effective use of the funds.  

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Contact Information:

Grant Coordinator(s)

Aja Ferguson
(804) 225-4127

Grant Monitor(s)

No monitor assigned. Please contact a grant coordinator above for more information.

DCJS Grants Administration
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804.786.4000
Fax: 804.786.7231