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RSAT Training Tool: After RSAT: Transitional Strategies to Reduce Recidivism and Sustain Recovery

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May 2021

This training manual for corrections agencies and personnel resourced under the federal Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Initiative provides cross-disciplinary instruction in the development and implementation of pre-release strategies that will reduce the risk of recidivism and support recovery from substance-abuse disorders after release into the community.


Those listed as potentially benefitting from this training are RSAT program administrators, clinical managers, and grant administrators; program staff; case managers; correction staff and administrators; community corrections personnel; addiction and mental health providers; and representatives from various community agencies that provide important survival and developmental services. The training of these corrections personnel and community service providers is essential in fulfilling RSAT’s legislative mandate to provide “aftercare services that involve coordination between the correctional treatment program and other social services and rehabilitation programs, such as education and job training, parole supervision, halfway houses, self-help, and peer group programs.” This manual’s first training module features a knowledge assessment test on trends in rehabilitation programming and opportunities to maximize post-release supports. The second training module addresses re-entry planning priorities that encompass an inventory of implementation strategies, a timeline for re-entry preparation, and evidence-based strategies to improve release outcomes. A “Supplemental Module” focuses on women offenders in the RSAT program, with attention to their gender-related needs and family issues. The third training module addresses implications of national healthcare reform for corrections healthcare services.  Topics covered are the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, RSAT program planning for health reform, the integration of benefit planning into pre-release procedures, and challenges in healthcare services for RSAT clients served in the community. A bibliography of 55 listings

Date Published: May 18, 2021