FSA – Residential Drug Abuse Program, RDAP (2022)

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Program Description is taken from The First Step Act Approved Program Guide,  1/2022 The Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) is operated as a modified therapeutic community (MTC); the community is the catalyst for change and focuses on the inmate as a whole person with overall lifestyle change needs, not simply abstinence from drug use.

RDAP encourages participants to examine their personal behavior to help them become more pro-social and to engage in “right living” considered to be based on honesty, responsibility, hard work, and willingness to learn.

RDAP emphasizes social learning and mutual self-help. This aid to others is seen as an integral part of self-change. As program participants progress through the phases of the program, they assume greater personal and social responsibilities in the community. It is expected that program participants take on leadership and mentoring roles within the MTC as they progress in their program. Progress in treatment is based on the inmate’s ability to demonstrate comprehension and internalization of treatment concepts by taking behaviorally observable action to change his or her maladaptive and unhealthy behaviors. It is important to note that successful completion of the Bureau’s RDAP requires completion of all three components of the program:

  1. Unit Based Treatment, described above, occurs in prison.
  2. Follow-Up Treatment continues for inmates who complete the unit-based component of the RDAP and return to the general population. An inmate must remain in Follow-Up treatment for 12 months or until he/she is transferred to a Residential Reentry Center.
  3. Community Treatment is provided while the inmate transitions to the community through an RRC.
  4. Substance Abuse Treatment
Hours This program is typically completed in 500 hours.
Needs Addressed Antisocial Peers, Cognitions, Substance Use, and Mental Health (Dual Diagnosis Programs)
Program Delivery To ensure program fidelity and proper credit, the Residential Drug Abuse program must be delivered by Psychology Services staff.
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