This issue requests restoration of $3.4 million in recurring general revenue funds for contracted residential substance abuse treatment. The 2007 Special Session C reduced contracted residential substance abuse funding by approximately $3.4 million in general revenue. This reduction represents a loss of 468 contracted residential beds serving approximately 1,380 offenders.
Residential treatment is generally for chronic offenders that have repeatedly failed 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. This is a public safety issue in that offenders who receive treatment are less likely to recidivate.
Education and Programs
Restore Substance Abuse Funding
This issue is requested to restore funding reduced during the FY 2007-08 Special Session C. This request restores recurring general revenue appropriation for in-prison substance abuse treatment contracted slots eliminated due to revenue shortfalls.