This issue is to request an additional $4 million dollars to operate the existing 1,896 contracted residential substance abuse beds at 93% occupancy at an estimated cost of $30,815,492.
The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program provides offenders on community supervision an opportunity to receive residential substance abuse treatment whereas many would not have been afforded the opportunity to do so. This is a public safety issue in that offenders who receive treatment are less likely to recidivate.
At 24 months after release from supervision, substance abuse program completers are recommitted to prison or supervision for a new offense at a rate 42% less than that of drug offenders who did not receive treatment. This difference is sustained even 48 months after release from supervision.
Residential treatment is generally for chronic offenders that have repeatedly failed at other forms of substance abuse treatment. Residential treatment has a positive affect on recommitment rates. The department's Bureau of Research and Data Analysis reports that after 24 months, 92 % of offenders that successfully completed residential treatment had no recommitment to prison or community supervision for a new offense.