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Substance Abuse Intervention & Treatment (SAINT)/HIDTA

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The mission of the Substance Abuse Intervention and Treatment/High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (SAINT/HIDTA) supervision team is to provide sanctioned-based alcohol and other drug abuse treatment for addicted offenders (parole and supervised release) and to promote substance abuse rehabilitation, life skills development and vocational enrichment, while protecting public safety. The SAINT/HIDTA also works actively to identify community-based resources and match offenders with those services as appropriate.

Nearly 500 high-risk offenders are assigned to the SAINT/HIDTA team. SAINT/HIDTA offenders are screened, assessed, and evaluated by licensed and/or certified trained substance abuse professionals. All supervision plans/treatment modalities are forged through performance contracts. Failure to adhere to the performance contract is met with a series of graduated sanctions and motivational support activities which are designed to assist individuals in maintaining sobriety, reinforce accountability, and reduce criminal activity. SAINT/HIDTA offenders receive an extensive array of diagnostic and therapeutic services including streamlining them into treatment when indicated.

The HIDTA treatment continuum combines inpatient and outpatient treatment services with graduated sanctions to encourage offender accountability. The Judicial Officer and Community Supervision Officers (CSOs) can refer offenders who are suspected substance abusers to SAINT for an initial screening. The offender submits to a series of assessments to determine eligibility for participation in the HIDTA continuum. Offenders with acute substance abuse issues and high levels of criminality are referred to CSOSA's Re-Entry and Sanctions Center (RSC) for up to 28 days of in-depth assessment and orientation for inpatient and outpatient treatment regimens. Upon completion of the RSC assessment and treatment readiness program offenders are referred to an appropriate vendor for treatment. All HIDTA clients agree to adhere to RSC program requirements or become subjected to a series of immediate graduated sanctions.

The Core Services provided by SAINT/HIDTA include:

  • Screening
  • Treatment Planning
  • Group and Individual Counseling
  • Scheduled Urine Testing
  • Liaison with the Treatment Providers
  • Referral to treatment and community-based services
  • Collateral Contacts: Building close relationships with significant others in the home and employment setting
  • Training for Community Supervision Officers
  • Relapse Prevention Groups (90-day, 36 sessions)
  • After Care Treatment
Community Supervision Services

Employment Information

As a Federal agency with a distinctly local mission, CSOSA employees perform challenging work that directly affects public safety in the District of Columbia's neighborhoods.