Drug Education Program (Drug Ed)
FCC Yazoo City’s Drug Education Program is a 12-15-hour course taught by the Drug Treatment Specialist. The specialist will inform the inmate of the reason they were identified for Drug Ed and inform of the sanctions for non-participation. The sessions focus on psychological and physical aspects of addiction, including drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; the effects of abuse and addiction on the family; and relapse prevention. Because Drug Ed is intended to motivate inmates to volunteer for treatment interventions, it is essential that the Drug education course is provided at the beginning of the inmate’s sentence, ordinarily within 12 months of his current commitment.
The drug education course will consist of a 10 question end-of-course examination. Inmate must score 70% or better to pass the exam. The exam may be given up to three times to accommodate individuals who may have difficulties. Sanctions will be imposed for course failure. Inmates who volunteer for or are required to participate in the drug education course and who experience learning disabilities must be provided a reasonable accommodation toward completion of the course, including an alternate means of testing. A certificate of completion is awarded to each student who successfully completes the program.
Inmates who were committed to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons after October 1, 1991 may be required to participate in the Drug Education Program if they meet any of the following criteria.
• The inmate’s Judgment and Commitment Form indicates that the inmate must participate in drug abuse treatment while incarcerated.
• The inmate’s Pre-sentence Investigation report indicates that alcohol or other drug use contributed to the commission of the instant offense.
• The inmate is now incarcerated for a violation of parole or probation supervision because of alcohol or other drug use.
Effects of non-participation in the drug education course. If inmates considered for placement in the drug education course refuse participation, withdraw, are expelled, or otherwise fail to meet attendance and examination requirements, such inmates: (a) Are not eligible for performance pay above maintenance pay level, or for bonus pay, or vacation pay; and (b) Are not eligible for a Federal Prison Industries work program assignment (unless the Warden makes an exception on the basis of work program labor needs).
With the exceptions noted above, any inmate may voluntarily participate in the Drug Education Program. To volunteer, inmates should submit a “Request to Staff” to the Psychology Department. Volunteers’ names will be placed on a waiting list for the program. Priority is given to the enrollment of mandatory participants, and volunteers will be admitted to the program as space permits.
Non-residential Drug Abuse Treatment
Non-residential Drug Abuse Treatment Programs (NR DAP) are available to inmates who voluntarily decide to participate. The purpose of the NR DAP program is to afford all inmates with a drug problem the opportunity to receive drug treatment. NR DAP is targeted to inmates who: are waiting to enter the RDAP; do not meet the admission criteria for the RDAP, but who wish to benefit from less intensive drug abuse treatment services; have been referred by other Psychology or institution staff for drug abuse treatment; have a judicial recommendation for drug treatment, but do not want or do not meet the criteria for the RDAP; received detoxification from alcohol or drugs upon entering Bureau confinement; and have been found guilty of an incident report for use of alcohol or other drugs. NR DAPs are conducted 90 to 120 minutes a week for a minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of 24 weeks. Those inmates who qualify and agree to participate will be asked to sign the agreement to participate. When the inmate successfully completes a NR DAP program, he may receive a program incentive in the amount of $30.00. This award will be pro-rated based on the inmate’s participation, but may never be adjusted higher.
While self-help programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Grief Counseling Group, Who Moved My Cheese, Good Intentions Bad Choices, Anger Management, Criminal Thinking, Getting Out of the Game of Dealing Drugs, and Rational Recovery (RR) may be offered as part of an institution’s drug abuse program effort, they are most often associated with non-residential (NR) treatment. An inmate need only submit a cop-out to Psychology Services to enter the six to twelve week classes while such programs are often powerful and important interventions in an inmate’s recovery, they do not substitute for NR DAP or residential treatment hours. They are considered a support to the Bureau’s treatment protocols.
Smoking Cessation classes are also offered in the psychology department as part of the self-help programs. If an inmate is interested in nicotine replacement, he will need to request this through the Health Services department, be evaluated by a physician, and will then be permitted to purchase the “patch” through the Commissary with his own funds.
Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program
If an inmate wishes to enrollment in the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), he may request an eligibility interview through the psychology department. The RDAP targets the inmate who volunteers for treatment and has a diagnosable and verifiable substance use disorder, and is able to participate in the entire RDAP. The RDAP is a minimum of 500 contact hours with duration of 9 to 12 months. Treatment modules focus on Orientation to Treatment, Rational Self Counseling, Living with Others, Criminal Lifestyles, Recovery Maintenance, Lifestyle Balance, and Transition. Inmates must meet all of the following criteria to be admitted into RDAP: Inmates must have a verifiable substance use disorder, inmates must sign an agreement acknowledging program responsibility, and when beginning the program, the inmate must be able to complete all three components, this includes the critical Residential Reentry Center (RRC) or home confinement transfer to participate in the TDAT. Once program eligibility is determined, the inmates’ information is sent for legal review at the Designation and Sentence Computation Center (DSCC) to determine 18 USC 3621 (e) early release consideration. Inmates are notified once a determination is made by the RDAP staff. This process can take from 30 to 120 days from the interview. To successfully complete the RDAP, inmates must complete each of the following components: (1) Unit-based component (3 phases), (2) Follow-up services, and (3) Transitional drug abuse treatment (TDAT) component.
Inmates who have completed the unit-based program and (when appropriate) the follow-up treatment and are transferred to community confinement must successfully complete community-based drug abuse treatment in a community-based program to have successfully completed RDAP. Inmates receive a financial achievement award in the amount of $40.00 for successful completion of each phase of the unit based component.