The Morgan County Residential Recovery Court (MCRRC) serves non-violent felony male drug offenders from "referring drug courts" across the state with well established "outpatient/aftercare programming", however are lacking in residential treatment programming. Modeled similar to the DC4 Residential Program, the Recovery Court model provides for continuous judicial supervision by the MCRRC Presiding Judge while in the residential program. Each resident must stand before the Presiding Judge, at least twice per month, and be praised for progress or admonished for lack of effort or non-compliance. Judicial sanctions are also issued which can range from a period of time in the jail general population to additional community service work to restrictions or revocation of privileges. Establishing and maintaining abstinence isthe single most important factor in successful program participation. To ensure compliance with the requirement for abstinence, both scheduled and random drug screens are administered throughout each resident’s participation in the program. The treatment team will determine the length of time a participant must remain abstinent prior to completion of the program.
Phase One: Assessment and Orientation.
- Minimum of 6 weeks.
- Must stay with Big Brother throughout the day.
- Undergo assessments, which may include, but not limited to: education, mental health, employment, chemical dependency, and/or medical.
- Participate in all groups, lectures, individual sessions, and community activities.
- Participate in community service.
- No social pass or meeting pass privileges.
- Restricted use of telephone only as permitted by the Counselor.
- Complete autobiography.
- Complete assigned work on Steps 1 through 3.
- Demonstrate knowledge and acceptance of the MCRRC rules and policies.
- Attend Court with Presiding Judge twice per month.
- Demonstrate positive progress in recovery.
Phase Two: Stabilization and Rehabilitation.
Telephone, visitation and pass privileges according to the policies.
- Establish a relationship with a sponsor.
- Complete assigned work on Steps 4 through 8 and make a meaningful start on Step 9.
- Successfully serve in trusted leadership positions.
- Demonstrate positive sobriety.
Phase Two-B: Transition Planning and Preparation for Re-entry.
- Minimum of 6 weeks prior to graduation.
- Successful work on relapse prevention.
- In conjunction with the referring drug court, develop a written plan for transitioning to the referring drug court.
- Continue to participate in all groups, lectures, individual sessions, and community activities.
- Continue to participate in community service.
- During Phase Two-B, privileges may be modified or restricted in order to encourage a focus on preparing for transition to the referring drug court and outpatient living.
- Become clinically ready for transition back to referring drug court.
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For every $1 spent on addiction treatment, $12 are saved on future social, medical and criminal justice costs. Yet addiction recovery services for low-income and uninsured people are provided primarily by nonprofit treatment centers dependent on funding through competitive grants, private donations and modest payment by patients. These centers are always busy, and patient waiting lists are long.
In today's climate of economic uncertainty, Middle Tennesseans may be concerned about the potential of rising crime. Fortunately, there are ways we can work together to protect ourselves and our communities from crime.
Crime prevention cannot be achieved by one body alone. Rather, effective crime prevention results from a web of institutions, agencies, and daily life — including communities, families, schools, and the legal institutions of policing and criminal justice.
Prisoners recede to a place far out-of-sight and out-of-mind for most citizens until their release. The concept of prisoner rehabilitation concerns the ability of the correctional system and other agencies to effectively reintroduce a past offender as a law-abiding, productive member of society. Tennessee released 14,735 prisoners in 2010 in need of a source of income and aid in developing a stable, sustainable lifestyle. Our state’s effort to prevent recidivism, or the relapse of an individual into criminal activity that prompts their return to prison, consists of programs designed to provide past offenders the guidance, training, and opportunities necessary to lower their chances of reoffending.
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