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RSAT program accepts first clients

By submitted, 02/3/22 6:57 PM

HOPE – After two years of prayers and work by a very dedicated Banner Hope Staff, 8th North Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, and Jail Administrator Captain James Wise. The first three participants of the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSAT) were accepted into the program on Wednesday February 2, 2022.

The RSAT program is a 12-month in-custody substance abuse treatment program which will be administered by the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office. The first 90 days will be at the Hempstead County Detention center with the remaining nine months of aftercare being held at Banner Hope. The goal of the program is to break the cycle of drugs and violence by reducing the demand for, use, and trafficking of illegal drugs in Hempstead County.

The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a grant in January 2022, in the amount of $355,693.00 for the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program. The grant period covers from 1-1-2022 – 09-20-2023.

Its first partnerships are with First Baptist Church of Hope and its Banner Hope program, Southwest Mental Health will provide counseling sessions throughout the entire program. HCSO has instituted a new chaplaincy program with more than 17 volunteer chaplains Led by Chaplin Adam Perry, to minister to inmates at the jail, and help facilitate substance abuse counseling.

After the initial three months is completed in the jail, participants will begin aftercare at the Banner Hope Center facilities. They will be housed, fed and taught at Banner Hope which will last nine months. On site detention center officers will be present at the facility and everywhere the participants are present.

At Banner Hope the clients will be surrounded with relationships designed to hold them accountable to the new norms we are working to establish. A structured environment will be created designed to encourage freedom from addiction, discipline to accomplish stated goals and everyday tasks, set and work out a daily schedule and build relationships that last. We will also work to rebuild a daily routine and character traits that are often lost in addiction: healthy parenting, a good work ethic, dependability, service to others and generosity.

A variety of classes including but not limited to; financial management. Parenting, healthy marriage relationships, understanding the psychological, physical, emotional and cultural barriers to addiction, memory work (basic truths, proverbs, psalms, prayers), Basic devotional teaching, 12 step addiction recovery.

The HCSO and Banner Hope will also provide skills classes to program participants such as mechanics (small engine repair), Introduction to HVAC, culinary classes and the Banner Hope Tiny House project where participants will learn how to build a tiny house for people who live in substandard housing. Funds for the houses are donated and the houses are given free of charge to the residents.

The program will also provide training for families of the participants in our program on many levels.  Financial, parenting and marriage classes will be offered to all member of the participants families. We will also work with the children, helping them to understand their parents’ addiction and what to expect upon release.

If anyone or any organization would like to volunteer or help in any way with our program you may contact Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton or Jail Administrator Captain James Wise at the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office 312 South Washington Hope, Arkansas 71801 Phone # 870-777-6727

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Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, Deputy Prosecuting Ben Hale, Val Knight, Banner Hope, Steven Mullins Banner Hope, HPD. Sgt. Daniel Oller, Rusty Beck Banner Hope, Daniel Bramlet First Baptist Church, Hope, Jail Administrator Captain James Wise, Dustin Wrinkle, Banner Hope, Sr. Chaplain Adam Perry, and Southwest Mental Health Substance Abuse Counselor Regina Morgan (Not Pictured).  Make up the assessment team for the RSAT Program.

There are 22 Spiritual Support Specialist, Lay Support Specialist, Associate Chaplains, and Clergy from Hempstead County Churches that have volunteered to be a part of the RSAT Program. If anyone would like help with the RSAT Program please contact the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office.