Tarrant County Drug Programs

Substance Abuse Programs - Tarrant County

Treatment Alternative to Incarceration Program (TAIP)

The Treatment Alternative to Incarceration Program (TAIP) provides chemical dependency screening, assessment and referral, along with funding for appropriate inpatient and/or outpatient treatment. Without TAIP, many offenders would be unable to obtain necessary services. In Tarrant County, only limited programs exist for indigent offenders, and TAIP allows CSCD to appropriately serve many of those in need.

Offenders meeting the statutory eligibility criteria are screened and assessed to determine the level of need, if any, for substance abuse intervention. Upon further determination of an offender's inability to pay for the costs of treatment, the offender may be deemed medically indigent and TAIP funds may be used to pay the cost of treatment. For offenders who can pay for treatment, a recommendation regarding the level or type of treatment will be made. Intervention or treatment may then be completed in a properly accredited program with the approval of the court having jurisdiction.

Day Treatment Program (DTP)

Who is eligible for the Day Treatment Program?

  • Must be assessed as having a substance abuse problem prior to admission
  • Regular or deferred community supervision
  • Any felony or misdemeanor
  • Must have been assessed as having high risk/needs
  • Must be court-ordered
  • Must be at least 17 years of age
  • Have no major mental illness
  • Must be physically and mentally capable of participation
  • Exhibit no signs of acute alcohol or drug withdrawal and has been detoxified

If a participant is found to be an inappropriate placement, the respective court will be notified and recommendations for alternative placement, if available, will be made.

What is the Day Treatment Program?

Correctional treatment research reveals that individuals assessed as high-risk offenders need more than 200 hours of targeted interventions. Cognitive behavioral interventions have been found to be the most effective and this program offers substance abuse treatment with a cognitive behavioral component. The program has four types of treatment: Intensive Day Treatment - Jail, Intensive Outpatient, Intensive Relapse and Cognitive Behavioral Program.

Intensive Day Treatment Program

The Intensive Day Treatment Jail (IDT) is a daily treatment program offered by Tarrant County CSCD in which offenders are incarcerated in the Tarrant County Jail and attend the program within the jail. The curriculum includes, but is not limited to: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Substance Abuse and Relapse Education, Support Group introduction, Family Dynamics, AIDS and STD awareness, as well as Gender Issues and is organized into three phases. After successful program completion, participants will attend the IDT aftercare program for six months. This will involve 12 weekly treatment sessions and Aftercare Re-Entry Court. They will also focus on employment, budgeting, continuation of AA/NA attendance and maintaining their sobriety.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The IOP is a 24-week program with three phases. The sessions will be based on a cognitive behavioral curriculum. The participant will have a monthly individual counseling session and attend AA/NA twice a week.

Relapse Program

The Relapse Program is for those persons that have completed treatment within the last 12 months or are attending an aftercare treatment and submit a positive UA or demonstrate other signs of relapse. The program concentrates on recognizing the signs and symptoms of relapse, understanding the factors that lead to relapse and how to avoid them.

Cognitive Program

The Cognitive Program is for those persons that may have some involvement with substances, but their major issues are their involvement in a criminal lifestyle and their decision-making skills. The program is designed to address substance use/abuse, but will deal primarily with changing thinking skills.

All groups are held at the Resource Connection, 1500 Circle Drive Suite 100, Fort Worth, Texas, 76119
Orientation for all groups are on Fridays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Contact Day Treatment Support Staff to set-up Orientation Appointment

IOP Program

  • Phase I - 12 weeks of three times-a-week Substance Abuse Therapy
  • Phase II - eight weeks of two times-a-week Substance Abuse Therapy
  • Phase III - four weeks of once-a-week Substance Abuse Therapy
  • Monthly individual sessions
  • Twice per week AA/NA meetings

Relapse Program

  • Four weeks of five hours a week Relapse Curriculum.
  • Twice per week AA/NA meetings

Cognitive Program

  • Phase I - 10 weeks of four times-a-week Cognitive Curriculum
  • Phase II - five weeks of twice-a-week Cognitive Curriculum


Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF)

SAFPF is an intensive six-month therapeutic community program (nine-month program for offenders with special needs) for offenders who are sentenced by a judge as a condition of community supervision or as a modification of parole/community supervision. SAFPFs are operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and are in a prison setting. Upon completion of the SAFPF program, offenders are placed in a community residential facility/Transitional Treatment Center for three months, followed by aftercare treatment in an outpatient setting for up to 12 additional months. The aftercare phase administers 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.

Substance Abuse Aftercare Unit

Because the recovery process does not end when a person completes a substance abuse program, Tarrant County CSCD provides specialized aftercare caseloads for those offenders who have recently completed an intensive substance abuse treatment such as:

Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF), Intensive Day Treatment (IDT), Contract Residential Treatment (CRT). Offenders participate in the aftercare program before transitioning out to a regular field service unit. While in aftercare, they are supervised by officers who receive specialized training to deal with the effects of substance abuse.