H.E.A.T. is a therapy program designed for Black males age 18 to 29 who are involved in the criminal justice system. H.E.A.T. — which stands for Habilitation, Empowerment and Accountability Therapy — applies a holistic, culturally relevant and responsive, strength-based model that emphasizes a positive and engaging approach to treatment.
H.E.A.T is closely modeled after Afrocentric interventions that have previously been standardized and published in CSAP, CSAT and other publications (e.g., Burnett, 2008; Goddard, 1993; Philleo et al., 1997).
Why is H.E.A.T. Necessary?
Although incarceration rates for Black males appear to be on the decline in recent years as compared to other racial and ethnic groups, they continue to represent approximately 45 percent of state prison inmates convicted of drug offenses, despite the fact that they only comprise about 12 percent of the U.S. population and do not evidence any higher rates of involvement in substance abuse than other racial groups. Clearly, if the criminal justice system is to maximize their impact on rates of incarceration, they must find a way to engage young, Black males. (Mauer, 2009).