Detailed explanation of R.E.A.C.T.
from the Missouri Department of Corrections:
EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND COMMUNITY TREATMENT - R.E.A.C.T. FREQUENTLY ASKED
How did R.E.A.C.T. come to be a condition of
In 1998, Sponsors of HB 1147 were Craig Hosmer and
Co Sponsor Steve Gaw, the sponsors introduced text that was developed and became
law to "enable judicial circuits to institute drug courts and establish a
required treatment program for certain drug offenders" " The bill requires
courts to order an offender for certain drug offenses (RSMo 195) to begin an
educational assessment and community treatment (R.E.A.C.T.) program administered
by the Department of Corrections and the Department of Mental Health, within 60
days of probation, as a condition of probation. The fees for the program and the
$60.00 supplemental fee will be paid in whole or in part by the offender. The
supplemental fees, less 2% administrative cost, will be deposited in the
Correctional Substance Abuse Earnings Fund. This fund created in the state
treasury will be used for assistance in securing alcohol and drug rehabilitation
services. House Bill 1147 became law August 28th, 1998.
what is R.E.A.C.T?
R.E.A.C.T. is a condition of probation,
where by the offender who has been sentenced under the RSMo 195 guidelines
receives a screening assessment to determine if a level of substance abuse or
mental health treatment is necessary. A network of screening offices known as
RSU's (R.E.A.C.T. Screening Units) have been established through out the state,
the offender can select a RSU near their home site to complete this first
portion of R.E.A.C.T. After the initial screening has been completed, the
screening assessment is forwarded to the Department of Corrections, district
probation and parole office. Should the RSU indicate a need for community
treatment, the screening assessment should indicate at what level of community
treatment the offender would best be served. The determination for community
treatment is determined by the services available within the offenders'
probation and parole district and community. In the event the screening
assessment has determined that the offender needs a REP (REACT Educational
Program) the RSU can service those needs by providing the offender with a
Department of Corrections and Department of Mental Health curriculum designed to
address such needs.
1. “Where do I go
to do REACT?”
REACT programs can be completed at any certified
REACT program, which may be accessible to the person (consult REACT/SATOP
2. “How much does it cost?”
screening will cost $125, of which $60 is the supplemental fee, which is
submitted to the state’s Department of Corrections Correctional Substance Abuse
Earnings Fund. Money from this fund is used to apply towards services for those
offenders who may not be able to pay for services in treatment programs. When a
client is recommended to the R.E.A.C.T. Education Program (REP), the cost will
be an additional $100.00. If a client’s recommendation is treatment, the
Standard Means Test can be applied towards this program level cost of service.
3. “I received a recommendation to do a REP, but I can’t/don’t
believe that I really have a drug problem. What are my options—do I have to do
what they say?”
The requirement to participate in and
successfully complete a R.E.A.C.T. program is a condition of probation set by
the court. Clients who disagree with this requirement must take the issue before
their probation officer and/or the court.
4. “I’m a resident of
another state, but got a drug charge while in Missouri. Do I have to come back
to complete the program in Missouri?”
This is a question that
must be asked of the Probation and Parole officer. If a client completes an
equivalent program in another state, the providing agency must be state
certified, or nationally accredited. The client must receive an assessment and
successfully complete a recommended substance abuse treatment program.
Notification of compliance or completion must be sent to the supervising
Probation and Parole officer.
5. “I’ve moved to a different
state. How can I meet the REACT requirements?”
If a client
completes a equivalent program in another state, the providing agency must be
state certified, or nationally accredited. The client must receive an assessment
and successfully complete a recommended program. Notification of compliance or
completion must be sent to the supervising Probation and Parole officer.
6. “I’m a resident of another state, but want to complete the
R.E.A.C.T. program in Missouri. Does that make any difference?”
Yes — a person who has been found guilty, or pled guilty to a felony
drug offense in another state can participate in any of the R.E.A.C.T. programs.
However, they must participate just like any other Missouri resident (pay the
supplemental fee, do the screening and successfully complete a program). Upon
successful program completion, notice of offender compliance will be sent to
that person’s probation officer in their state of residence. The big difference
is that they will not qualify for the SMT as a non-resident.
“I need to complete R.E.A.C.T. right away (or if I don’t do it before Monday the
judge is going to put me in jail). Where are there classes this
It is recommended that you keep a listing of programs
within your region and give those numbers out when people call looking for
various programs. It would be impossible to keep a calendar of who’s doing what
and when. Give the client the phone number of local agencies and let them take
the responsibility of finding out when programs are available.
8. “I completed an inpatient program. Will this meet the REACT
Clients completing a program prior to the
R.E.A.C.T. screening can use the successful completion of a treatment program,
if the completed program was through a certified or accredited program. The
client will still be required to complete the screening process (pay the
screening and the supplemental fees). The R.E.A.C.T. agency will then require
documentation (usually a discharge summary) from that program. The Department
also recognizes programs from the Veteran’s Hospitals and the Department of
Corrections Substance Abuse Programs.
9. "A RSMo 195 offender
was placed on probation prior to R.E.A.C.T. legislation. The offender violates
conditions of probation after REACT legislation takes effect. 'Is this an
offender who will be referred to R.E.A.C.T.?' "
ordered as a condition of probation by the court. This offender, would not, as a
result of this violation be required to participate in R.E.A.C.T. However, the
court may choose to amend the conditions of probation to include R.E.A.C.T. as a
condition of the offenders' probation.