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Rehabilitation Programs Division

Substance Abuse Treatment Program

It is the mission of the Substance Abuse Treatment Program to provide evidence-based substance abuse treatment services appropriate to the needs of individual offenders to facilitate positive change; and to provide accountability for programming utilizing assessment tools developed specifically for this population, all of which leads to reducing recidivism and improving public safety.

Program Overview:

The Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) / In-Prison Therapeutic Community (IPTC) provide services to qualified offenders identified as needing substance abuse treatment. Both are six-month in-prison treatment programs followed by up to three months of residential aftercare in a transitional treatment center* (TTC), six to nine months of outpatient aftercare and up to 12 months of support groups and follow-up supervision. A nine-month in-prison program is provided for special needs offenders who have a mental health and/or medical diagnoses. Offenders are sentenced to a SAFPF by a judge as a condition of community supervision in lieu of prison/state jail, or voted in by the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) BPP as a modification of parole.

The Pre-Release Substance Abuse Program (PRSAP) and Pre-Release Therapeutic Community (PRTC) are intensive six-month programs based on the principles of a therapeutic community. The programs are intended for incarcerated offenders with serious substance abuse, chemical dependency or criminal ideology issues. Offenders are placed in the programs based on a vote by the BPP. The PRTC is a coordinated effort between RPD, Windham School District and the Parole Division.

The Driving While Intoxicated In-Prison Program is a six-month multimodal program with an aftercare component which uses a variety of educational modules and treatment activities, to include group and individual therapy.

The State Jail Substance Abuse Program is a multimodal program designed to accommodate the diverse characteristics and individual needs of the state jail population. Eligible offenders are placed in one of two tiers: 60-90 days or 90-120 days based on an Addiction Severity Instrument (ASI) assessment.

* Both the SAFP and IPTC programs now offer an alternative to the three months of residential aftercare in the TTC. Offenders who meet very strict eligibility criteria may be released as a 1B/4C (parole and probation, respectively), in which the offender may go to an approved home plan, where they live at home and report to a contracted facility for the same number of treatment hours as received by the residential offender who lives at a TTC. Once completed, the offender moves to the next phase of care, as will the residential offender.

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Dr. Pam Carey – Deputy Director of Substance Abuse Programs
TDCJ - Rehabilitation Programs Division
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342
Phone: (936) 437-2854
Fax: (936) 437-7077