From the Document: "Many county and municipal jails and state prison systems are taking measures to reduce the incarcerated population to help alleviate close living conditions conducive to the spread of disease. State prison systems are expediting scheduled releases by moving up release dates. Jails are releasing individuals who present minimal risk to public safety but are at elevated COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] morbidity and mortality risk. Because RSAT [Residential Substance Abuse Treatment] program generally serve inmates who are nearing the end of their sentences, they are likely candidates for early release if these measures are implemented. Re-entry for individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) is a crucial transition even when solid release plans, stable housing, and linkages to community-based SUD treatment and recovery support are all in place. The added task of re-entry preparation that includes precautions and restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is an added challenge for justice professionals as well as RSAT clients whose may find their release date suddenly moved up. Plus, the risks associated with a return to drugs and alcohol are now exponentially higher." This document further outlines guidance steps for RSAT program staff, along with an addendum that includes brochures with information that can be shared with re-entering individuals.
Advocates for Human Potential
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Training and Technical Assistance: https://www.rsat-tta.com/