Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone go to DSAT groups?

The Differential Substance Abuse Treatment System was designed for people who tend to engage in illegal behavior, and may have a history of involvement with the Corrections/Criminal Justice System and are mandated to seek substance abuse treament, or may have a history of OUIs and are referred by a DEEP counselor for treatment of a substance use disorder.

Where can I find a DSAT group?

DSAT provider agencies with specifically trained facilitators are located throughout the state. You can find a location near you by going to the DSAT Provider web page.

How do I become a DSAT provider?

DSAT Training is an ongoing process of working with a mentor and attending a two day training sponsored by SAMHS. Facilitators go through training to meet certain certification standards grounded in the concepts of fidelity and integrity as required in the implementation of effective evidence-based practices. The continuum of training includes regularly scheduled skills building sessions and the effective use of Motivational Enhancement techniques with criminal justice offenders. For more information about this training contact: Jarad.W.Platt@Maine.gov

What does Differential mean?

The DSAT System was designed to identify the severity of an individual's addiction (differentiated by severity) and to be responsive to the needs of women versus the needs of men in treatment (differentiating by gender). Separate groups for men and women are required and the curriculum is also specific for men and women.

People referred to DSAT are initially screened to determine the degree to which they are dependent/addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs. According to how severely they are addicted, they are then referred to an intensity of treatment that matches the level of addiction severity.