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RDAP Rules And Regulations

If you are a non-violent offender and want to improve your chances for successful completion of the RDAP, it would be prudent to hire a prison consultant who specializes in RDAP preparation. Patrick Boyce, federal mitigation specialist at NCIA is an expert in the field of prison consulting and a 2003 graduate of the RDAP program you are about to enter.

RDAP Rules and Regulations

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Recovery refers to the getting back of something lost; to restore Oneself to a normal state. It becomes obvious that true recovery is a 24-hour per day process.

By joining the Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program and signing a treatment contract, inmates are committing themselves to abide by the rules and regulations of the program. The inmate who is committed to his recovery will welcome such rules and procedures to protect the integrity of the unit and his program of recovery.

If inmates choose to join and remain in this program, three themes should become an integral part of their new, developing lifestyles:

  • Self-responsibility
  • Motivation
  • Recovery

Participants are expected to engage in all aspects of treatment. To hold each other accountable for behaviors that are unacceptable to the community and are inconsistent with recovery. Also to utilize Senior Peer Assistants for support and guidance, and to be public in their efforts at recovery. A participant may be Teamed by staff, peers and/or Senior Peer Assistants if it is determined that he is not meeting the expectations set forth by the program.

A teaming refers to a meeting where staff and peer intensely confront a participant by making the participant aware of the realities of his inappropriate and often destructive behaviors. Attendance at these meetings is mandatory if a participant wishes to remain in treatment.

Recovery requires self-discipline. In this regard, a person’s behavior is the best reflection of his commitment to recovery. The community needs to place great emphasis on each participant’s behavior both on and off the treatment unit.

Treatment is voluntary, and it is expected that participants will receive feedback while displaying an attitude of gratitude and humility. Additionally, the eight attitudes of recovery, which are defined during the intensive week, are expected to be displayed at all times (honesty, humility, objectivity, caring, responsibility, open-mindedness, willingness and gratitude).

A. Expected Behaviors

The following are a sample of behaviors viewed as important for progress in treatment and recovery:

  • Accomplishing treatment goals as determined by the Treatment Staff.
  • Participation and motivation to change.
  • Being on time and prepared for group.
  • Completing assignments.
  • Respect for self and others.
  • Holding each other accountable.
  • Honoring financial obligations (FRP Payments).
B. RDAP Rules and Expectations

The following rules are not intended to be punitive and apply to every RDAP participant. It reflects unacceptable behaviors that may affect your placement in treatment:

  • No standing by the door, in the hallway or outside the unit waiting to be called to Mainline.
  • No going into other wings after 10:00pm
  • Be in the wing and in your cube before 4:00pm read for the stand-up count. There is to be no movement until the count is cleared.
  • No eating during count.
  • No earphones/radios during count.
  • No talking/noise in the wings after 10:00pm
  • No holding spots in the TV rooms.
  • No card and/or board games in the unit until after the evening meal is announced closed, except on weekends.
  • You are expected to be on time for all call-outs, groups, teamings, etc. Tardiness is not tolerated.
  • No hats or do rags on the treatment unit. Do rags will only be worn in the inmate’s assigned wing.
  • You are expected to be dressed appropriately. While in the unit, institutional issued uniform will be worn Monday through Friday from 7:30am until after the evening meal is served to the unit. Proper attire is required, and includes shirt tails tucked in with properly fitting points. Clothing must be clean and pressed when necessary. Sweatshirts will not be worn over institutional shirts. Sweat cloths can not be mixed with institutional uniforms at any time. If you change into seats to go work out, upon returning to the unit you must change back into your uniform.
  • No untied shoes or boots.
  • No lying down or sleeping during 7:30am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday, unless you have an idle or convalescence from Health Services, or have special permission due to work hours. You must post this on your bunk if it applies to you.
  • No viewing of programs or possessing any items that glorify criminal lifestyle, violence or drug use.
  • Sanitation on the unit is a priority. Sanitation is everyone’s responsibility. All common areas, wings, group rooms and cubes are expected to be kept clean.
  • No items in your room or in your possession that do not reflect treatment related attitudes and values.
  • No sexually explicit or pornographic materials.
  • No sunglasses (unless prescription).
  • No using recreation as a shortcut to Mainline or other destinations on the compound.
  • During group hours, you are not allowed to speak to unit team staff, unless they have requested to speak to you.
C. The following behaviors are intolerable, both on and off the unit, will jeopardize your placement in treatment, and may result in expulsion from the program.
  • Using or possessing drugs, including tobacco.
  • Drinking or making alcohol.
  • Violence or threatening violence against staff or other inmates.
  • Gambling.
  • Stealing.
  • Sexual misconduct.
  • Defacing and/or sabotaging equipment (i.e. TV, VCR, DVD, doors, chairs, etc.)
  • Tattooing.
  • Failing to be committed to recovery.
  • Failing to meet financial obligations (FRP payments).
  • Breaking confidentiality and/or discussing community issues around inmates not in treatment.
D. Television Viewing Guidelines
  • Am I watching this program to view violence or a criminal lifestyle?
  • Does this program in any way glorify a criminal lifestyle or substance abuse?
  • Is there a possibility that other participants will feel offended or triggered by viewing this program?
  • Is this program consistent with the values of RDAP and the “Eight Attitudes of Change”?
  • Will this program interfere with my rational thinking related to criminality and substance abuse?
  • Have I run the reason I wish to watch this program through the “Five Rules of Rational Thinking”?

Patrick Boyce Federal Mitigation Specialist at NCIA is an expert in the field of prison consulting and a 2003 graduate of the RDAP program. Successful RDAP eligibility, admissions and support maximizes ones chances of a sentence reduction and early release. Timing is critical with the ever changing and complex requirements surrounding what documentation is deemed acceptable for RDAP admission, it is extremely important to contact us as early in the process as possible. For a free no-obligation case analysis contact Patrick now!

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