Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program

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Closed (7 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
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The RSAT Program assists states and local governments in developing and implementing substance use disorder treatment programs in state, local, and tribal correctional and detention facilities, and supports efforts to create and maintain community-based aftercare services for offenders.


The principle purpose of the RSAT Program is to break the cycle of drugs and violence by reducing the demand, use, and trafficking of illegal drugs.

Successful applicants will be funded for a three-year cycle, with the first year commencing July 1, 2021 and ending on June 30, 2022.  A non-competitive Request for Application (RFA) for continuation funding will be issued for the second year (7/1/22 - 6/20/23) and the third year (7/123 - 6/30/24). Continued funding for the second and third years is contingent on the amount and availability of federal funding and on compliance with the RSAT program requirements. Applicants shall build their proposal, objectives, activities, and budget information for the first 12 months of the grant cycle.

A total of $2,000,000 in federal RSAT funding is available statewide. Adult detention facilities will be allowed to request up to a maximum of $500,000 for the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 with the possibility of two additional years (see Grant Period above). Applicants are encouraged to request only the amount of funds needed to support their proposal and not base the request on the maximum allowed. A 25% match of the funds awarded to the recipient (cash or in-kind) and utilization of 5% of the total project budget for the Local Evaluation Plan and Report are required.

Counties that operate adult local detention facilities are eligible to apply and receive funding for the grant period. Only one proposal per county may be submitted. A duly authorized county officer or department head responsible for the operation of the local detention facility may submit the proposal on behalf of the county.  While the intent is to receive a wide range of proposals representing California’s diverse detention facilities, only the most meritorious proposals will be funded. Departments that have already developed RSAT substance abuse treatment programs but are seeking to continue or expand upon those efforts, as well as departments considering implementing a program for the first time, are encouraged to apply. Programs previously awarded BJA RSAT funds through BSCC are eligible to apply. Applicants must be able to provide a jail-based substance use disorder treatment program that includes aftercare services. RSAT funding may be used for the in-custody component, the aftercare component or both. 

The goals of the RSAT Program are to enhance the capability of states, and units of local and tribal government to provide substance use disorder treatment for incarcerated inmates; prepare offenders for their reintegration into the communities from which they came by incorporating reentry planning activities into treatment programs; and assist offenders and their communities through the reentry process by delivering community-based treatment and other broad-based aftercare services. As previously indicated, the California RSAT funding for this grant period will be used to support local jail-based programs which must include both an “in-jail” component and an “aftercare” component. Funding may be directed at either the in-custody portion of the project, the aftercare portion, or both.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Counties that operate adult local detention facilities are eligible to apply and receive funding.  Only one jail per county may apply.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Funding for the RSAT Program requires a 25 percent match of the funds awarded to the recipient (cash or in-kind). Matching funds may be either state or local dollars. Federal funds are not an allowable match source for this grant.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
June 10, 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
7/1/21 - 6/30/24

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$1 – $500,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

The BSCC is the Designated State Administrative (DSA) agency for the RSAT Program, federally funded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) as identified via Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance CFDA number 16.593.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Disbursement of grant funds occurs on a reimbursement basis for costs incurred during a reporting period.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Timothy Polasik, 1-916-350-0879,