FCI Forrest City Low Substance Abuse Programs

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Substance Abuse

Drug abuse treatment is available to any inmate with a
substance use disorder as detennined by the assessing
psychologist. Drug abuse treatment at Forrest City consists of
the Residential Drug Abuse Program (ROAP), follow-up
services for those who have completed the unit-based
component of the ROAP, Drug Abuse Education, and
nonresidential drug abuse counseling. The ROAP, Drug
Abuse Education, and nonresidential drug abuse treatment are
voluntary and may be requested by any inmate who thinks he
may have a substance use disorder.

Follow-up services are mandatory for those who have
completed the unit phase of the ROAP; if an inmate fails to
comply with follow-up services he will be failed from the
ROAP and will loose all secondary benefits of that program.

Moreover, an inmate may be required to complete the Drug
Abuse Education program if (a) there is evidence that alcohol
or other drug use contributed to the commission of his instant
offense, (b) if alcohol or other drug use was a reason for
violation of parole, probation, or supervised release, and / or
(c) if there is a judicial recommendation that the inmate
receive any form of drug abuse treatment while incarcerated.

If an inmate is required to complete Drug Abuse Education,
but either declines to enroll or fails to complete the program,
certain sanctions will be applied. These sanctions include
retention at the lowest pay grade within the institution and
denial of community programming to include RRC placement.


The RDAP is a voluntary, comprehensive drug abuse
treatment program that includes a 9-month, unit-based
treatment component as well as a substantial aftercare phase.

Entry to the program ordinarily is permitted when the inmate
is within 36 months of his projected release date. The RDAP
is made available to any inmate who meets the diagnostic
criteria for a substance use disorder as determined by the
assessing psychologist. Importantly. in addition to meeting
the diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder, the inmate
must have a histoty of drug abuse or addiction that is
documented to have occurred within his last 12 consecutive
months in the community. RDAP is located in Helena B Unit
at the Low and 82 Unit at the Medium. Program
participants live in the RDAP unit where they participate in a
broad range of treattnent activities half of each day; they are
expected to work or attend educational programming the
remainder of the day. Ifan inmate desires enrollment in the
Residential Drug Abuse Program, he may request that
psychology determine his eligibility by submitting a “copout.”

When he applies, the inmate will be advised of two
matters: (a) whether he qualifies to enter the Residential
Program and (b) whether he is provisionally eligible to receive
a sentence reduction under 18 USC 3621 (e). Importantly,
when an inmate completes the unit-based component of
RDAP, he will be required to successfully complete all
follow-up services while he continues the confmement portion
of his sentence. At minimum, this requires compliance with a
treattnent plan and completion of monthly contacts with drug
abuse treattnent staff for a period of one year (or until
transferred to RRC). Then, once transferred to RRC, the
RDAP participant is required to complete all aftercare
requirements while in bureau custody at the RRC. Failure to
meet follow-up and aftercare requirements will result in
program failure and forfeiture of any benefit received under

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