Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFP or SAFPF)

What is SAFPF or SAFP (pronounced Safe-P)?

SAFPF or SAFP is a substance abuse program that occurs in facilities designed for persons under felony community supervision.  It means Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility. The individuals must be assessed as having a substance abuse issue.  The SAFP program consists of four phases designed to address a person’s substance abuse issue.

What are the phases of SAFP?

Phase One occurs in a TDCJ facility.  Defendants must attend a substance dependency curriculum.  This phase lasts six to nine months. At the end of this facility, some participants are sent homme to complete intensive outpatient.  Others are sent to a residential transitional treatment center.

Phase One Units include:

San Diego, Texas

East Texas Treatment Unit
Henderson, Texas

Johnston Unit
Winnsboro, Texas

Sayle Unit
Breckenridge, Texas

Halbert Unit
Burnet, Texas

Crain Unit
(Special Needs/Female)
Gatesville, Texas

Jester I Unit
(Special Needs/Male)
Richmond, Texas

Estelle Unit
(Special Needs/Male)
Huntsville, Texas

Phase Two is a three month program.  SAFP focuses on continuing treatment and transition to the community.  The program utilizes peer support, family reintegration, and finding employment.

Phase Three is nine to twelve months.  All participants are permitted to return to the community to complete outpatient program and continue SAFPF re-entry.

What is the re-entry process?

In Tarrant County there is a specialized drug court for SAFPF graduates during Phases two and three.  Participants report every two weeks to meet with the judge and community supervision officer to discuss their progress.  The program has incentives and sanctions for performance.

Overall the SAFPF program may be the right program for a lot of people facing felony adjudications.  It is very intense, but offers an alternative to many defendants.  If you are concerned about a felony possession, drug, or alcohol offense, please call Brian J. Newman at 817-231-0023 to discuss your options and decide which programs are right for you.

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