Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF)

Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) facilities were established by the legislature to serve as intensive substance abuse treatment centers that help convicted felons overcome addictive behaviors. SAFPF's are secure correctional facilities, run my the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, through the Rehabilitation Division. These types of programs utilize a therapeutic community approach to substance abuse treatment. This program typically combines individual and group counseling, along with peer support and achievement goals. Transitional planning assistance provides offenders with necessary skills in preparation for their release.  During the transitional phase, SAFPF professionals help inmates to identify aftercare chemical dependency resources where the individual can continue treatment and also provides assistance with job and vocational placement programs and housing if needed. Offenders with crime-related substance abuse problems can be sentenced by a judge to an intensive nine to twelve-month Therapeutic Community (T.C.) program as a condition or as a modification of parole/probation. The program consists of Phase I (orientation), learning basic language rules of the T.C.; Phase II (main treatment), exposing criminal thinking errors and drug seeking behaviors to intense confrontation while respect for individuals is maintained; and Phase III (re-entry), practicing relapse prevention and pro-social problem-solving techniques. Offenders may also participate in AA/NA/CA/Winners Circle or other peer support groups such as Secular Organization For Sobriety (SOS). Upon completion, offenders are placed in community residential facilities for three months, followed by outpatient treatment for twelve months. SAFPF encourages offenders to reject previous negative behaviors and attitudes and work towards developing healthy and realistic value systems.

Some basics about SAFPF:

  • Assigned on first come, first served basis
  • Must be sentenced by a judge
  • Bed space is limited
  • Utilized as a condition of probation or modification of parole/probation
  • Provides an intensive 9 to 12 month therapeutic program
  • Three phases (orientation, treatment, re-entry)
  • Transition at a halfway house
  • Outpatient treatment for the following 12 months after release

If you are interested in learning more about SAFPF as an option to resolve a pending criminal case in Montgomery or Walker County, please contact us today. If you would like more information on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice SAFPF program, please click here.
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