Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners

To assist States and units of local government develop and implement residential substance abuse treatment programs within State and local correctional facilities in which prisoners are incarcerated for a period of time sufficient to permit substance abuse treatment.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment formula grant funds may be used to implement residential substance abuse programs that provide individual and group treatment activities for offenders in residential facilities operated by State and local correctional agencies.

These programs must 1) last between 6 and 12 months; 2) be provided in residential treatment facilities set apart from the general correctional population; 3) focus on the substance abuse problems of the inmate; and 4) develop the inmate's cognitive, behavioral, social, vocational, and other skills to solve the substance abuse and related problems.

Grant funds shall not be used for land acquisition or construction projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, America Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible to apply.

The State office may award subgrants to State agencies and units of local government.

Applicant States must agree to implement or continue to require urinalysis and/or other proven reliable forms of drug and alcohol testing of individuals assigned to residential substance abuse treatment programs in correctional facilities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local correctional agencies will implement programs to provide treatment to incarcerated offenders.


The applicant must submit a completed Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), including signed assurances that it will comply with statutory and administrative requirements. The applicant is also required to submit a description that includes the goals of the program, the implementation process, timetable for implementation, how the State will coordinate substance abuse treatment activities at the State and local levels, and the State's law or policy requiring substance abuse testing of individuals in correctional residential substance abuse treatment programs.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs".

Applicants should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in their State to find out if the State has selected this program for review and for information on the process the State requires when applying for Federal assistance.

Application Procedures

Application Procedure: Immediately after enactment of the appropriations (usually in the first quarter of the fiscal year). BJA notifies the Byrne State Administering Agencies (SAAs) that the program solicitation is available online. The Byrne SAAs then have 60 days in which to submit an application through the online, Internet-based Grants Management System (GMS).

Award Procedures

A letter with copies of the grant award are sent to the applicant agency upon approval by the Office of Justice Programs. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.


Consult the Application Kit or contact the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the office of Justice Programs for application deadlines by contacting: Bureau of Justice Assistance, Programs Office, 810 Seventh Street N.W., Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 514-6638.


Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Title I, Section 1001, as amended, Public Law 90-351, 42 U.S.C. 3796ff et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications will generally be approved or denied within 60 days of receipt of a complete application.


Formula grant applicants will be notified in writing of reasons for disapproval of their application and will be given an opportunity for reconsideration.


Formula grants will be renewed each year through fiscal year 2000, subject to appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grant funds are allocated to the States using the following formula: a) each participating State is allocated a base amount of 0.4 percent of the total funds available for the program; and b) the remaining funds are allocated to each participating State in the ratio its prison population bears to the total prison population of all participating States. The most recent National Prisoner Statistics collected by the Bureau of Justice Statistics will be used to make these allocations. The Federal share of a grant-funded project may not exceed 75 percent of the total costs of the project. The 25 percent matching funds must be in the form of a cash match.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds for each fiscal year will be awarded for a period that includes the fiscal year of the appropriation plus two additional years.

Post Assistance Requirements


Recipients are required to submit Individual Project Reports as subawards are made, quarterly Financial Reports, and an annual Evaluation Report.


All organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year. Performance Measures: To assist in fulfilling the Department's responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.


In accordance with the requirement set forth in 28 CFR Parts 66 and 70, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $9,872,280; FY 08 $9,400,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

California received the largest award of $6,801,978 followed by Texas which received $6,821,936. The smallest award of $258,912 went to Northern Mariana Islands.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program Guidance and Application Kit, and the OJP Financial Guide.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531. Contact: Timothy Wight, Associate Deputy Director. Telephone: (202) 616-6500.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting proposals to implement State and local residential substance abuse treatment programs for prisoners with formula grant funds will be defined by the States.

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