Opiate Recovery Based on Intensive Tracking
The O.R.B.I.T. Program is available to inmates that are addicted to opiate based drugs. This special program begins with a medical detoxification process that begins as soon as they are incarcerated and lasts for no less than six days. Once the Court refers the individual to the O.R.B.I.T. Program, the inmate will begin their journey of gradually regaining control over their own lives. The program offers an innovative and intensive approach to rehabilitating opioid addicted inmates. This program is unique as it not only provides substance abuse recovery, but also provides life skills through a slow, step-down approach.
The first phase consists of completing the first two phases of the R.I.S.E. (Recovery In a Safe Environment) Program. During this phase, the participant develops their commitment to change their lifestyle. They attend classes and complete self-guided development work that teach the basics of recovery. Furthermore, the participant then will create a personal relapse prevention plan and train to be group facilitators. This is a very intense twelve hour day, seven days a week program,
Once the inmate has successfully completed O.R.B.I.T Phase I, they are then ready to take their next step of gaining a little bit more control of their life decisions. In this phase, under the supervision of a deputy, the participant works on a work crew. The work crews do many different types of trade work at Henrico County facilities such as grass cutting/landscaping work, painting, washing school buses, and other like tasks. When not working, they participant continues to be provided training and meetings to increase their knowledge and skills. This includes beginning support group meetings outside of the facility, where they can have a connection to continue to get the support they need once they are released.
A very important part of this phase is the allowance of two, one-hour weekly family contact visits where they are allowed to spend the time with their family in a supervised environment. They are also given the ability to go to church weekly, work on their GED, receive vocational training in cosmetology or auto mechanics, or participate in workforce development skills such as interview and resume writing skills.
Once the participant shows they are ready for another step in their recovery and independence, Phase III begins. In this phase, the participant will be given assistance in getting a job. Once employment has been secured, they will begin work release. In this phase, they will be allowed to leave the facility to go to work and then return to jail. They are monitored by investigators and are subject to random drug testing . Like in all previous phases, they continue to attend their support meetings and other training to keep their recovery on track.
The fourth and final phase of the O.R.B.I.T. Program is home electronic monitoring; this final stage allows the participant to go to work and be at home, while being monitored by a GPS bracelet. They must continue to attend the support group meetings and subject to random drug testing.
The program ends at the end of their court sentenced term, equipped with the tools they need to continue in their recovery journey.
This program is built upon intergovernmental cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office, Police Division, Division of Fire, Courts, Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, defense bar, county administration, the departments of Recreation and Parks, Mental Health and Developmental Services, and General Services, Henrico County Public Schools, and New Kent County Public Schools. This collaborative effort further bolsters the successful re-entry of inmates into society. Citizens of Henrico County have embraced the inmates participating in this program- offering jobs, resources, and housing.