Nonresidential Drug Abuse Program

Program Description The Nonresidential Drug Abuse Program (P5330.11-CN Chapter 2.4) is a flexible, moderate intensity cognitive-behavioral treatment program. The program is designed to meet the needs of a variety of inmates including inmates who are waiting to enter the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP); inmates who do not meet admission criteria for the RDAP, but who wish to benefit from less intensive drug abuse treatment services; and inmates who have been referred by other Psychology Services or institution staff for drug abuse treatment.
Time Frame The Nonresidential Drug Abuse Program is comprised of 90-120 minute weekly group treatment sessions, for a minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of 24 weeks. Treatment staff may offer treatment beyond the 12 week minimum based upon the treatment needs of the inmate and supplemental treatment services available at the facility.
Admission Criteria An inmate must have a history of drug abuse as evidenced by self-report, Presentence Investigation Report (PSR) documentation, or incident reports for use of alcohol or drugs to be eligible to participate in the program.
Program Content The Bureau’s treatment of substance abuse includes a variety of clinical activities organized to treat complex psychological and behavioral problems. The activities are unified through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which was selected as the theoretical model because of its proven effectiveness with the inmate population.
Empirical Support The Nonresidential Drug Abuse Program utilizes cognitive-behavioral interventions, which have been proven to be effective in the treatment of substance use disorders. The group treatment format used in this program also offers empirically supported benefits from pro-social peer interaction among participants.
Applicable Policies 5330.11 CN-1 Psychology Treatment Programs
Institution Locations All Bureau facilities offer the Nonresidential Drug Abuse Program.