October 1, 2014
Program Components

Bridges attacks the root causes of addiction and crime Every aspect of Bridges addresses the issues surrounding their drug usage and other criminal behaviors

Phase I

  • Full time, day treatment incorporating alcohol and drug counseling, vocational and educational components and cognitive learning training
  • Participants attend Bridges Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm
  • Offenders must spend their non-program time at home
  • Participants attend group and individual drug/alcohol counseling
  • Participants are urine tested frequently
  • Participants receive educational and vocational instruction, including GED preparation and computer skills
  • Participants learn basic life skills (money management, anger control, relapse prevention)
  • Program successes can be rewarded with less restrictive probation conditions. Graduated sanctions are levied for non-compliance (e.g., formal house arrest with electronic monitoring, return to jail without credit for time served)

Graduation Requirements for Phase I

  • At least 3 months of continuous enrollment
  • Positive program participation
  • 100% clean chemical tests
  • Adherence to the terms and conditions of the program and probation
  • Creation of a goal plan for Phase II and for re-entry into society

Phase II

  • Continue drug/alcohol treatment
  • Continue with academic instruction or gain employment
  • Periodic urine tests
  • Report to their judge monthly
  • Report to probation regularly
  • Participate in the collection of data for program evaluation
  • Volunteer at Bridges
  • After 6 months, serve as a mentor to newer Bridges participants
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