DPSCS Intensive Drug Treatment Programs Receive Federal Funding Through GOCCP Grant

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Towson, MD (October 13, 2010) --- The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) recently received more than $400,000 in Federal Funding for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment programs through a grant secured by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP). The grant monies will be used to fund important drug treatment efforts of the Department, which have increased over the years under the current administration.

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) enhances the capability of states to provide drug treatment for incarcerated inmates, prepares offenders for their reintegration into the community and assists in the reentry process through the delivery of community-based treatment and other broad-based aftercare services. Participating offenders have between 6-12 months left on their sentence so their release date coincides with the conclusion of the program. Offenders are housed away from general population so they can focus on full time treatment. In addition to drug treatment, these programs deal with inmates’ cognitive, behavioral, vocational and social skills, things that are all relevant to successful reentry.

DPSCS runs two RSAT eligible programs, one at the Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville and one at the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown. The total capacity for these two programs during a single year is 682 inmates. There are also many other in-patient residential and out-patient treatment programs, as well as methadone maintenance and detox programs, throughout the Department’s 27 correctional facilities.

“Allowing these typically non-violent drug offenders the opportunity to kick their addiction is important in the correctional setting,” stated DPSCS Secretary Gary D. Maynard. “We need to return offenders to society with the tools necessary to turn their lives around, to make better decisions when it comes to using drugs and RSAT programs are an intensive, focused way to do just that.”

Drug treatment efforts have been increasing over the years for DPSCS. By better managing the availability of these services for our offender population, the Department has increased the number of available substance abuse treatment slots by 3% from FY09 to FY10. But that number jumps to a 30% increase when comparing to just three years ago. During FY10, 2,463 inmates completed some type of drug treatment while in a DPSCS facility.