This is a 30 hour program that some inmates will be required to take. You would be required
if you fit one of the three following criteria:
1) If drugs were used in the commission of the instant offense
2) If you violated parole by use of drugs or alcohol
3) If the court recommended that you participate in an
institution based substance abuse program
- If you are required to take Drug Education your will be interviewed by a Drug Treatment
Specialist. If you are required to participate, but either decline or fail the program you
* Ineligibility for community programs, such as Halfway house
* Held to the lowest pay grade
* Inmates may also volunteer to take this class by submitting a “copout”stating your interest.
Non-Residential Drug Counseling
needing such services, but who are unable to participate in the Comprehensive Drug
Treatment Program. To request this type of counseling, submit a “cop-out” to the DAP
Coordinator. You do not get time off your sentence for this program.
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
This is a 500-hour nine month unit-based program Participation is strictly voluntary. The
requirements gaining admission into the program include the following:
* A documented history of recent substance abuse or dependence (typically in the
* Enough time left on your sentence (ideally 27 to 36 months remaining)
* A DSM-IV Substance Abuse diagnosis based upon an interview with a Drug
* Phase one of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Program runs for ½ day, 5 days a
week. All participants live in the same unit. The premise of the program is
that change cannot occur unless one accepts responsibility for their behavior
and decides to change their lifestyle. Those who successfully complete the
first phase of the program, but still have time at the institution (or camp)
before release to halfway house, must participate in Phase Two, Transitional
Services. This is a group that meets approximately once a month.
Incentives for Participation in RDAP
* Monetary awards for each successfully completed quarter in the program. This
is to help offset the loss of performance pay which you might incur because of
58participating in RDAP ($30 the first quarter, $40 the second and $ 50 upon
* Consideration for early release, not to exceed 12 months, if the inmate meets
eligibility requirements. Some of these requirements include eligibility for
halfway house placement, no violent convictions in the past and no weapons or
violence in your current offense. Inmates who refuse to participate in the
financial responsibility program will not be placed, since participation is
required for graduation.
* Consideration for the maximum time (180 days) in a Halfway House provided the
inmate is otherwise eligible for this designation.
* And the most important incentives for program participation are as follows:
Gain insight into your behavior,
Learn specific problem solving and decision making strategies to facilitate
your ability to effectively manage your life including your personal
Learn to accept responsibility for your behavior and how this actually results
in a greater sense of control,
Avoid relapsing into your old lifestyle once you leave BOP custody and also
avoid returning to custody.
Application Process for RDAP Participation
If you are interested in participating and fulfill the requirements for participation, submit a completed application form, which is available in Psychology Services or DAPS. Processing of the applications and enrollment into the classes are based on individual release dates, with inmates with less time left on their sentences being placed before inmates with more time left. Most inmates, bureauwide, only get 6-8 months sentence reduction due to long waiting lists.