Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision (SSAS)
Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision, referred to as SSAS, is an intensive, community-based supervision model developed by the Office of Probation Administration in collaboration with the Community Corrections Council and other stakeholders. SSAS is intended to provide the Courts and Parole Board with a structured treatment program as an alternative to incarceration.
The target population for the SSAS program is felony drug offenders with a substance abuse problem, and probation has developed risk assessment tools to identify appropriate candidates. Founded on evidence-based principles shown to reduce recidivism by targeting the treatment needs of the offender, the SSAS program combines substance abuse treatment in the community with intensive case management by specially trained probation officers.
The goals of the SSAS Program are to:
- Lower Levels of Recidivism and Relapse
- Improve Education and Enhance Employability
- Facilitate Reintegration into the Community
The offender’s needs are individually assessed so the treatment, including length of time spent in treatment, may be customized. This creates the most efficient and effective means to assist the offender to recover, maintain sobriety, and become a productive, law abiding member of the community.
The core components of the SSAS program are:
- Access to Substance Abuse Treatment;
- Participation in Cognitive Behavioral Programming;
- Use of Reporting Centers; and
- Quality Case Management and Field Supervision.
SSAS is funded with programming fees paid by probationers, and there are currently 5 SSAS sites located in the state, which are affiliated with 7 reporting centers. The sites serve offenders in Douglas, Lancaster, Dodge, Sarpy, Otoe, Buffalo and Dawson counties.