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Located in the historic Karrick Hall building on the grounds of DC General Hospital, CSOSA's 102-bed Re-Entry and Sanctions Center provides high-risk offenders and defendants with a four-week intensive assessment and reintegration program. The RSC also allows CSOSA to impose prompt and meaningful residential sanctions for offenders and defendants who have violated the conditions of their release, improving the likelihood of successful supervision.

CSOSA piloted the RSC program model in its 22-bed Assessment and Orientation Center, which opened in 1996. The AOC program served over 1,800 offenders and defendants; more than 85 percent completed the program successfully. The RSC opened in February 2006, following the successful AOC pilot.

Like the AOC program on which it is based, the offenders and defendants assigned to the RSC participate in a 28-day holistic and multidisciplinary program, during which they do not leave the facility or receive visitors. Treatment readiness and motivation is the focus of each of the interventions offered at the RSC.  These interventions are structured to address one or more of the factors identified as particular challenges to an offender's/defendant's successful reentry and long-term recovery from substance abuse. These factors may include psychological disorders, substance abuse, cognitive impairments, protracted withdrawal, poor attachment/social bonding and criminogenic factors.

RSC offenders/defendants receive counseling, a complete physical, psychological, and behavioral assessment, and a referral to an inpatient, residential or daily outpatient substance abuse treatment program. Upon completion of the program, offenders/defendants are equipped with the tools needed to prevent relapse, succeed in a treatment modality, improve familial relationships, and modify deviant behaviors.

Because an extensive discharge summary is prepared for and shared with each offender and defendant, the offender leaves the RSC program with a better understanding of his relapse triggers and the specific strategies that he can use to counteract them.

After being introduced to these concepts, the participant is more likely to enter treatment with a positive attitude and a commitment to change. In addition, the in-depth RSC assessment is used to develop the participant's supervision plan so that they are held accountable for engaging in programming that addresses their needs.


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Re-Entry and Sanctions Center

FOR MORE Information

For further information on the CSOSA Re-Entry and Sanctions Center, please contact:

Mr. Paul Wells, LICSW

Acting Program Director

202-442-1156 (Office)