Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners


The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Program helps states and local governments to develop and implement substance abuse treatment programs in state and local correctional and detention facilities and to create and maintain community-based aftercare services for offenders.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
42 U.S.C. 3796ff
, Public Law 90-351, 42 U.S.C 3796ff.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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. By statute (42 U.S.C. ' 3796ff-1(e)), the Bureau of Justice Assistance must award RSAT grants to the State office ( designated to administer the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program. The State office may award subgrants to state agencies and units of local government (including federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). 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.

Regarding the question below relating to the applicability of 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles: The cost principles are generally applicable, except with respect to for-profit entities or to organizations listed at Appendix VIII to 2 CFR Part 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at
For Formula awards, please see 28 CFR Part 18.
There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for discretionary awards, please see 28 CFR Part 18.
Formula grants will be renewed each year, contingent upon Congressional appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports. Recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial Reports. To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. .
See 2 CFR 200 for the government-wide requirements for maintenance of records by grant recipients.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. Matching Requirements: Percent: 25%. 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 are 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.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
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 three additional years, for a total of four years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide ( and Post Award Instructions (
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Bureau of Justice Assistance U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Phone: (202) 616-6500
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $10,000,000; FY 15 est $14,000,000; and FY 16 est $14,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 15, individual state and territory awards ranged from $35,412 to $908,404.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at
For additional guidance reference the Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide ( ) and Post award Instructions ( Applicable OMB Circulars and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 C.F.R.).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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