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Rehabilitation Programs Division

Substance Use Treatment Program

It is the mission of the Substance Use Treatment Program to provide evidence-based substance use treatment services appropriate to the needs of individual inmates 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 inmates identified as needing substance use 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-facility program is provided for special needs inmates who have a mental health and/or medical needs, as qualified. Inmates 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) is a six-month program addressing substance use disorders and behavior based on the principals of a therapeutic community. The program is intended for incarcerated inmates with substance use disorders and criminal ideology issues. Inmates are placed in the program based on vote by the BPP or administrative placement.

The Pre-Release Therapeutic Community (PRTC) is a program consisting of two tracks: The first, is a three (3) month track focusing on cognitive behavioral model to address issues of criminality. This track seeks to reach a population of inmates in need of a more concentrated track to address behavioral change through structured activities, complimented by support services upon release. Peer Recovery Support Specialists assist the clients with preparing their re-entry plans. The second, is a six-month program addressing all substance use disorders. This track follows the evidence-based practice modality of Solution-Focused Treatment. There is added emphasis given to address particular drugs of choice of the clients. Peer Recovery Support Specialists assist the clients with additional help and contacts with agencies that may be needed by the client for successful re-integration. Inmates are placed in the PRTC program based on a vote by the BPP, or administrative placement, and their substance use assessment score.

The Intermediate Sanction Facility (ISF) program is presented in a 45-day format for those needing Cognitive Behavioral Treatment and a 90 day format for those needing a brief substance use treatment program. Clients enter the program referred by a Parole Officer as an alternative to being violated.

The 6-month In-Prison Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Recovery Program uses a multi-modal curriculum targeting alcohol-related problems, relapse prevention, and pro-social problem-solving techniques, to include group and individual therapy. The DWI Recovery Program uses a specialized, gender-specific curriculum and is a partnership between TDCJ and a contracted vendor.

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

The In-Prison Substance Use Treatment Program (IPSUTP) is an intensive program for CID inmates with substance use history. It is not a parole-voted program, but a 6-month in-prison therapeutic community program where inmates who have similar treatment needs live together and work toward a common goal of addiction recovery, positive behavior, and life change. Upon completion of the IPSUTP, inmates are transitioned out of the treatment unit and into a CID unit to complete their sentences while utilizing the knowledge and skills gained in the program. Inmates that complete the IPSUTP program may be required to participate in post-release substance use programming, or any other parole voted program as decided by the BPP.

* Both the SAFP and IPTC programs now offer an alternative to the three months of residential aftercare in the TTC. Inmates who meet strict eligibility criteria may be released as a 1B/4C (parole and probation, respectively), in which the inmate 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 inmate who lives at a TTC. Once completed, the inmate moves to the next phase of care, as will the residential inmate.

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Andrea Canul – Deputy Director of Substance Use Programs
TDCJ - Rehabilitation Programs Division
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342
Phone: (936) 437-2854
Fax: (936) 437-7077