Differential Substance Abuse Treatment (DSAT)

Differential Substance Abuse Treatment (DSAT) is the Motivational Enhancement and cognitive-behavioral treatment model specifically developed, in partnership with the Maine Department of Corrections, to provide a continuum of comprehensive substance abuse treatment services to adult offenders in correctional and community settings across the state. DSAT differentiates by gender and by severity of addiction. DSAT is delivered in a group setting, enlisting peer feedback as a primary motivator for change.

Implementation of the DSAT System began in April of 2001. The Community DSAT program for men and women in community corrections is provided by substance abuse treatment agencies in six counties across Maine. The Institutional DSAT program is provided in MDOC Adult Institutions across the state.

The Differential Substance Abuse Treatment Model Report, published by the Maine Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) in 1999, provides a comprehensive overview of the development, key components, and implementation plan for the DSAT System in Maine. A copy can be borrowed through the SAMHS Information and Resource Center. For more information about DSAT, you can contact Amy Mayhew, Substance Abuse Treatment Specialist, 287-2282