FSA – EBRR, Challenge (2022)
|Program Description is taken from The First Step Act Approved Program Guide, 1/2022||The Challenge Program is a cognitive behavioral, residential treatment program developed for male inmates in the United States Penitentiary (USP) settings.
The Challenge Program provides treatment to high-security inmates with substance use problems and/or mental illnesses. Programming is delivered within a modified therapeutic community (MTC); inmates participate in interactive groups and attend community meetings while living in a housing unit separate from the general population.
In addition to treating substance use disorders and mental illnesses, the program addresses criminality, via cognitive-behavioral challenges to criminal thinking errors.
The Challenge Program is available in 13 high-security institutions. Inmates may participate in the program at any point during their sentence; however, they must have at least 18 months remaining on their sentence. The duration of the program varies based on inmate need, with a minimum duration of nine months.
An inmate must meet one of the following criteria to be admitted into the Challenge Program:
|Hours||This program is typically completed in 500 hours.|
|Needs Addressed||Anger/Hostility, Antisocial Peers, Cognitions, Mental Health, and Substance Use|
|Program Delivery||To ensure program fidelity and proper credit, the Challenge Program must only be delivered by Psychology Services staff.|
|Institution Locations||USP Allenwood
USP Big Sandy
USP Coleman I & II
USP Terre Haute