RDAP (Rehab Drug Abuse Program) has been advancing in popularity over the years. Ever since the program’s initial implementation in 2009, the RDAP has provided improved relationships with the incarcerated, improved mental and physical health, markedly higher educational advancements, decreased inmate misconduct, “recidivism, criminality, and a reduced chance of the inmate relapsing into their old habits. The benefits of a program soon become clear; the popularity of the program, with both lawmakers and inmates alike, becomes far clearer.
During the twelve-week RDAP program, inmates can expect to be represented by an adviser (also often referred to as an RDAP Coordinator), in a group setting. These sessions are intended to provide “skill-building opportunities.” The main focus appears to be on building effective communication, and increased adjustment protocols meant to rehabilitate the inmate back into acceptable and rational societal norms. The program typically lasts nine months.
In addition, RDAP candidates also may also be eligible for Community Treatment Services (CTS). CTS provides community-driven treatment providers in all fifty states, including the “U.S. Territories and District of Columbia.” Services include mental health treatments, intensive drug rehabilitation’s. By participating in programs, such as the extended CTS programs, receive “comprehensive discharge/termination report on all offenders” which can be used as a beneficial track report to the inmates continuing treatment—and possible early discharge.
The RDAP program is a highly sought after commodity. Inmates can expect to be put on a waiting list before entering the program. It is not uncommon for prisoners to be brought into the program when they only have twelve months left on their sentence, creating, regardless, an opportunity to receive an early release from prison. Violent offenses usually will disqualify an inmates ability to enter the RDAP program. There must be a documented history of substance abuse, or other outstanding behavioral offenses that may be treated with the RDAP’s group sessions, such as mental issues.
However, this program is only available to inmates in the federal prison institution.
Which means there is a particular vulnerability associated with entering the RDAP program, there is money to be made off of the helpless. There are certain persons who will try to deceive inmate looking for help. It’s to their financial benefit to make “guarantees,” when in fact, with any incarceration program, there are none to give. Not only are there many that are incarcerated looking into entering the program, but there are shady individuals, practices, men in suits with promises they are unable to keep. And it is important to identify them as such.
Needed are the advisers that knows the programs in and out. For instance, does your RDAP Coordinator know there was a change in the 2009 BOP (Bureau of Prisons) RDAP Program? They better. Knowing your RDAP Coordinator has any answer you can sling at them is an important first step. Luckily, there are many reputable agents looking to make a change.
There are informed and rational decisions that can be presented to you–with some research, with advisers with proven track records. No matter what stage an inmate may be in, there are always options worth considering. Just how many can your agent give you?