Recovery In a Secure Environment Program
The R.I.S.E. program started in August 2000 when a men’s 36 bed community based on the Social Learning Model of Recovery was started at Henrico County Regional Jail East. The program has since grown to a 5 pod community with 250 beds. The program provides the tools needed for recovery and fosters self-esteem, and a belief that a person can make their life better.
The R.I.S.E. Program is completely voluntary; the inmate must request to be a part of the program and can request to leave. The program, a seven-day a week, twelve-hour day schedule, focuses on principles that include social learning theory, the twelve-step philosophy, and cognitive-behavioral strategies. This special program is peer-run, meaning the participants become leaders of the groups, under the direct supervision and guidance of Henrico Mental Health.
The first phase of the R.I.S.E. Program is where the participants explore the negative consequences of their substance abuse, develop a commitment to change, and learn the basics of recovery. This intense substance abuse educational experience includes group classes & meetings, self-guided skill development work, and participation in twelve-step meetings. To move to the next phase, all course work must be done and a minimum of six weeks in this phase of the program must be completed.
While continuing to focus on all the aspects of Phase I, the participant now begins to reinforce their commitment to a clean and sober lifestyle. In Phase II, the participant develops their personal relapse prevention plan and receive training in becoming group facilitators. To move to the next phase, all course work must be done and a minimum of six weeks in this phase of the program must be completed.
In this phase, the participants work life skills, independent living skills, transition to the community skills, relapse prevention, and release from correctional facility planning. The participants also are to be involved in educational, vocational, and work activities. Furthermore, each member of this phase must facilitate Phase I groups. From this point, the participant may stay in the program until their release if they are actively participating in the program and in compliance with all the rules of R.I.S.E.
This special designed program specifically for women, along with the phases above, they also discuss topics such as parenting, self-esteem, domestic violence, and early substance abuse.
The work release program is available to those that have completed the first two phases of R.I.S.E. and have court approval for work release. These participants can return to a real workplace environment, while continuing to attend R.I.S.E. classes after work and continue to refine their recover and release plans. From this point, the participant may stay in the program until their release if they are actively participating in the program and in compliance with all the rules of R.I.S.E.