Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Grant Program

The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Grant Program (RSAT) Grant Program is a federal formula grant program that enhances the capabilities of state, local, and tribal governments to provide residential substance use disorder (SUD) treatment to adult and juvenile populations during detention or incarceration, initiate or continue evidence-based SUD treatment in jails, prepare individuals for reintegration into the community, and assist them and their communities throughout the reentry process by delivering community-based treatment and other recovery aftercare services.

The RSAT Program encourages the establishment and maintenance of drug-free prisons and jails and development and implementation of specialized residential SUD treatment for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The program also encourages the inclusion of medication-assisted treatment as part of any SUD treatment protocol.

Subject to federal appropriations, each year, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) releases a formula-based federal solicitation that prescribes the amount of funding states are eligible to receive. The BSCC allocates the RSAT Program in accordance with BJA requirements.


2021-2024 RSAT Grants

Successful RSAT applicants are funded for a three-year cycle. Year one used a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process and ran from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Each subsequent year Grantees must re-apply for continued funding using a non-competitive Request for Application (RFA) process. Years two and three funding is contingent upon the amount and availability of federal funding.

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

The Tulare County program targets males between the ages 18-65 with a history of substance use disorders and other maladaptive behaviors that have led to legal issues, with 3 months to a maximum 12 months remaining to serve. The criteria used to determine suitability into the RSAT program is identified with the Correctional Assessment and Intervention System (CAIS). All participants are assigned to an alcohol and drug counselor who facilitate weekly groups, conduct individual counseling sessions, plan treatments, and provide continuing case management while in the residential portion of the program. The after-care services are by referral to appropriate service providers and coordinated pre-release.


Contra Costa County, Alcohol and Drug Services, Behavioral Health Division

The Contra Costa County program is a partnership between the Behavioral Health Division and the Sheriff’s Office. The Sober Living Environment (SLE) program provides in-custody Substance Use Disorder treatment and services, group counseling, and individual counseling for participants. Each treatment plan is tailored to individual needs based on assessment results. Participants completing the SLE program are provided up to six months of after-care housing at the Oxford House or another provider that specifically meets the needs of the participant. Transportation services and pre-release planning are also provided.


Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office RSAT program is designed to assist participants through the entire reintegration process. Services are provided utilizing intensive reentry planning coupled with evidence-based treatment groups and followed by the delivery of broad-based aftercare services. The program participants are given intensive treatment during the duration of their enrollment in the RSAT program and is followed by after-care services in the community for up to one-year post-release.


Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office

The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office (SCSO) provides a gender-responsive treatment and reentry program. This proposal stems from the combination of Santa Cruz County (SCC) Board of Supervisors’ directive to better address the needs of incarcerated women, the high rate of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in SCC, and the impacts of the implementation of Assembly Bill 109 (AB 109) on women. AB 109 increased both the number of incarcerated women with serious, chronic SUD issues and the percentage of incarcerated women who have complex barriers to successful reentry.


Kern County Sheriff’s Office

This project utilizes a Risk-Need-Recovery platform to break the cycle of drugs, crime and recidivism through the implementation of evidence-based programs of treatment. The target population is males housed at the Lerdo Detention Facility (Minimum) who meet defined criteria and have a demonstrated history of substance abuse. The program includes both in-custody and out-of-custody (after-care) components and provides inmates with rehabilitative tools for re- entry and productive citizens.




Contact the BSCC regarding the RSAT Program

If you have questions or comments about the RSAT program email Timothy Polasik, Field Representative at new email.


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