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Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Program (RSAT)


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Application Deadline: Apr 13, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


Funds efforts to make prisons and jails drug-free and help inmates achieve improved outcomes upon release from incarceration by providing specialized treatment for substance use disorder (SUD), co-occurring mental health disorders (COD), and related issues. Assists state, local, and tribal governments to develop the skills and capabilities needed to fulfill the following objectives:

  • Improve the ability of states and units of local or tribal government to offer residential substance use treatment services to incarcerated individuals
  • Help offenders plan for reintegration into society
  • Provide community-based treatment and other broad-based care services to assist individuals and communities with the reentry process

RSAT funds can be used to support the following program areas:

  • Residential programs that provide services to inmates for a period of 6 to 12 months
  • Jail-based programs that provide services to inmates for at least 3 months.

Program requirements include:

  • Appropriate SUD/COD treatment in a residential treatment facility separated from the main correctional community
  • Required urinalysis and/or other proven reliable forms of drug and alcohol testing for those enrolled in the program at periodic and random testing intervals, and for former program participants while they remain in the custody of the state or local government
  • Aftercare services that include collaboration among treatment, social service, and rehabilitation programs. These services should offer education and career training, parole supervision, and peer support.

Amount of Funding

Each participating state is allocated a base award of 0.4% of the total funds available. BJA will allocate a portion of the total remaining funds to each participating state in the same percentage that the state's prison population represents relative to the total prison population of all states.

Award ceiling: $2,280,000
Project period: 48 months
Estimated number of awards: Up to 56
Estimated total program funding: $27,000,000

Applicants must provide matching funds for a portion of the project. Generally, an award may not exceed 75% of the total project costs.

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by U.S. states, including:

  • States
  • District of Columbia
  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands

Funds are granted to state offices who may then award grants to subrecipients, including state and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions.

States must coordinate the design and implementation of treatment programs with state correctional representatives and the state alcohol and drug abuse agency in order to be eligible.

Priority consideration is given to support programs in rural and tribal areas.

In fiscal year (FY) 2021, all state, local, and university and college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process in order to be eligible for grant funding.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process can be found in the funding announcement.

In FY 2021, there is a new two-step application submission process. To be considered timely, the applicant must have received a validation message from the submission and the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the respective deadlines.

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the April 13, 2021 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the May 7, 2021 deadline.


For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

For assistance with solicitation requirements:
LaShawn Benton

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Community Supervision • Crime Reduction • Education and Training • Justice System • Mental Health • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment