Washington County sheriff: Federal funding loss forces end to jail substance abuse program

Becky Campbell • Apr 2, 2012 at 7:52 PM

A successful residential program to help jail inmates fight drug addiction and take accountability for their actions ended several months ago after federal funding for it was slashed.

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment, or RSAT, operated in the Washington County Detention Center for nearly 12 years. But officials learned late last year that the federal grant that funded the program would end.

“We had about 300 successfully graduate from RSAT,” Sheriff Ed Graybeal said Monday. “We were the only one in the state sill operating the program at a county facility.”

Without the $100,000 from the Department of Justice each year to pay for RSAT and no other funding source, Graybeal was forced to end it.

RSAT had been so successful that the two county criminal court judges had raved over it.

Judges Lynn Brown and Robert Cupp had a long-standing policy that if an inmate graduated from the intensive

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