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Residential Treatment Program

The Residential Treatment Program (RTP) is the recommended level of care for seriously mentally ill prisoners who continue to demonstrate significant impairments in social skills as well as a limited ability to participate independently in activities of daily living. These individuals cannot function adequately in the general population without significant supports and modified behavioral expectations. Prisoners participating in the RTP program are housed in specialized units that provide on-site care from a multidisciplinary team consisting of a psychiatrist, psychologists, social workers, nurses and a variety of specialized therapists.

The RTP is based on a bio-psychosocial rehabilitation model. Central to this model is the expectation that seriously mentally ill individuals cannot be successfully treated solely with psychotropic medications. Therefore, the primary treatment focus of the RTP is provision of those skills necessary to enable prisoners to function independently within the general prison population or in the community following parole release or discharge. Group therapy is the primary focus of treatment, providing RTP prisoners with a wide range of groups including, but not limited to: physical activity groups, Dual Diagnosis, Dialectical Based Training and cognitive restructuring.