Legislatively mandated substance abuse treatment developed to ensure that substance use disordered individuals receive the maximum benefit from a substance abuse treatment experience during their preparation for transition back to the community.
Incarcerated individuals approved for Presumptive Work Release are provided CASAT in three phases.
- Phase I - an intensive, six month minimum, prison-based residential substance abuse treatment that employs the Therapeutic Community model.
- Phase II - Community Reintegration (outpatient treatment).
- Phase III - Aftercare (community transition and ongoing treatment for participants released to Community Supervision).
The amendment to Criminal Procedure Law Section 60.04(6) by the Drug Reform Act of 2004 confers authority upon the sentencing court to order CASAT participation and also provides for DOCCS to continue to exercise its discretion to determine whether the incarcerated individual meets all of the statutory and program eligibility criteria.
Not all individuals are eligible for all phases.