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RSAT: The Importance of Building Partnerships between Jails and Treatment Courts
Previously, RSAT funding could only target individuals sentenced long enough to complete 90-day programs in jails and six-month programs in state prisons or juvenile correctional facilities. New funding will allow for short-term programs for individuals awaiting trial who need substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. RSAT pretrial services allow programs the exciting opportunity to offer individuals awaiting trial the chance to initiate treatment, access life-saving medications for opioid and alcohol use disorders and begin appropriate psychiatric medications for co-occurring mental health disorders. This expansion in funding creates a unique opportunity for RSAT programs to leverage local treatment courts and create relationships that can easily facilitate referrals. The Center for Court Innovation, along with a Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) from Albany County Corrections & Rehabilitative Services Center, will facilitate this one-hour training on how to build and enhance collaboration between jails, local treatment courts, and community providers to best treat individuals who have SUDs. By building collaborative partnerships, individuals will have access to treatment and continuity of care through the criminal justice system while securing treatment alternatives to prevent further incarceration.
Learning Objectives
• Participants will learn the basics of what treatment courts are and how jail staff can be a part of the team
• Understand the importance of how jails can ensure access to treatment and continuity of care
• Learn ways that jails can partner with treatment courts to screen and refer potential participants with substance use disorder

Sep 28, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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