Bradford L. Barnes
Director/Chief Probation Officer
U.S. Justice Department Recognizes County Corrections Drug Treatment Program for National Award
The Department of Justice announced today the selection of the Bartholomew County Community Corrections Center Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program as a model, national training site for all Justice Department funded RSAT programs across the United States and U.S. territories. The Bartholomew RSAT program is one of three such programs chosen as Mentor Host Training Sites after a national competition.
The two other Mentor Host Sites are:
1) Utah Department of Corrections ConQuest and HOPE/CARE Programs;
2) Massachusetts County Correctional Facility Consortium (Barnstable, Berkshire, Middlesex, and Norfolk Counties)
Bartholomew County’s RSAT program, located in Columbus, Indiana was lauded for its evidence-based programming in the area of women’s treatment and the comprehensive approach to improve offenders’ transition from a locked facility back into the community. The re-entry of inmates into the community has been identified as the most critical challenge facing corrections.
Funded by the Justice Department Bureau of Justice Assistance, the RSAT for State Prisoners Program provides grants for states and local governments to develop and/or enhance substance abuse treatment programs in state and local correctional and detention facilities. The RSAT program enhances the capability of states and units of local government to provide residential substance abuse treatment for incarcerated inmates; prepares offenders for their reintegration into the communities from which they came by incorporating reentry planning activities into treatment programs; and assists offenders and their communities through the reentry process through the delivery of community-based treatment and other broad-based aftercare services.
In announcing its selections today, the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), congratulated the three host sites selected and praised their collective efforts to end the cycle of substance abuse and crime, providing a path to recovery for justice-involved individuals while enhancing the safety of our communities.
“The three programs selected today will help the 300 individual RSAT programs that receive BJA funding each year adopt treatment, interventions and services that have been proven to work ,” said BJA Director Denise E. O’Donnell. “We know that untreated offenders suffering from substance use disorders behind the wall, often return to our prisons and their conditions deteriorate, endangering our communities as well as themselves. The peer mentoring provided by these exemplary RSAT programs will help us ensure that our limited federal contribution is as effective as possible in preventing this outcome.”
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