SAFPF stands for “Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility” and is referred to as “SAFE P.” Basically, these are lockdown, substance abuse treatment facilities run by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
SAFPF provides services to qualified felony offenders who have been identified as needing substance abuse treatment. The typical SAFPF participant usually has a history of repeated treatment failures and cannot be treated in less secure environments due to a history of absconding. A high majority of individuals participating in the program were on probation when their conditions were modified to place them in the program due to a positive drug test, a new arrest, or other technical violations of probation.
During the initial phase of the program, offenders are placed in a TDCJ facility for six to nine months. Male and female offenders are separated by facility, as well as offenders with special needs. The facility is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in a prison setting.
Upon completion of the initial phase of the program in the secure facility, offenders are placed in a residential transitional treatment center (TTC) or, if eligible, they could participate in the 4-C program where they are allowed to return home while continuing intensive outpatient treatment. The second phase of the program is designed to focus on continuing treatment and making a successful transition to the community through finding employment, peer support, and family reintegration. Participants then begin attending SAFPF re-entry court.
In the third, and final, phase participants are released to the community to attend aftercare treatment in an outpatient setting for up to 12 additional months and continue to participate in the SAFPF re-entry court. The aftercare phase offers a diverse range of therapeutic, residential, outpatient, and resource programs. The Special Needs program provides educational components that address Axis I mental disorders, as well as personality disorders, medication regimentation, and the interaction of disorders with substances of abuse.
Overall, the program lasts 18 to 24 months before successful completion. Here’s a breakdown of the phases.
The SAFPF re-entry court model is a specialized drug court for SAFPF graduates during the aftercare portion of the SAFPF program.
Participants report a minimum of every two weeks to court to meet with the judge, community supervision officers, and treatment providers. Successes are met with incentives and rewards, while violations are addressed quickly with court sanctions.
Success is measured by the ability of the graduates to remain free of both substance abuse and criminal activity. The addiction to alcohol and drugs tends to be a chronic condition that is prone to relapse. The program has proven to be effective in resolving one of the primary causes of criminal behavior and personal destruction in the offender population by eliminating these addictions.
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