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The R.I.S.E program is an in-custody treatment program instituted by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and the Community Action Board’s Gemma Program to provide re-entry education for offenders returning to our communities.
The primary purpose of the RISE Program is to reduce recidivism by providing structure, services and support to men returning to the community after incarceration. The RISE program targets high-risk behaviors by building the foundation, providing education and supporting men to practice the skills necessary to safely reenter the community.
This RISE model was developed from evidence-based practices of successful reentry programs across the State and country and specifically based on the success of the women’s Gemma Day Program which has resulted in a reduction in recidivism that is double the national average.
The RISE program consists of three phases designed to help incarcerated men reclaim that which has been lost by past behaviors and traumas. The program focuses on helping men take responsibility and an active role in repairing harms they have caused to themselves, their families and the community.
Each phase is designed to address barriers men face in recovery and reentry into society after incarceration.
The curriculum is based on cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness based practices including but not limited to addiction awareness, alternatives to aggressive behavior, effective communication, conflict resolution and relapse prevention, academic, parenting, and money management skills, and employment readiness and retention.
- Foundation (10 week course) The foundation is centered on laying the necessary groundwork for men to build awareness and recognition of habitual thought and behavioral patterns that have contributed to unskillful, and often harmful past behaviors that led to incarceration. The goals of the first 10 weeks are aimed at helping RISE guys recognize and understand new ways of engaging with themselves and others through self- awareness, reflection, responsibility, as well as group process and feedback.
- Education (10 week course) Research definitively shows that in order for men to successfully reenter the community without returning to criminal and addictive behavior, they need safe and structured alternatives to their past lifestyle. In Phase II, participants engage in vocational and career planning and training including work crews and computer classes, cognitive-behavioral groups to build decision-making, problem-solving and coping skills, family and individual therapy and a continued peer-led focus on relapse-prevention. Phase II is strongly solution focused and based on overcoming barriers to successful reintegration.
- Integration (10 week course) Utilizing the strong foundation and education of Phases I and II, Phase III is focused on safe and successful integration back into the community. RISE works in cooperation with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Custody Alternative Program (CAP) as well as community based educational, vocational and recovery focused programs to facilitate a structured and supportive transition. Phase III is considered the bridge back to the community in which participants remain actively engaged in services and accountable for the their actions and behaviors.
Background and History
In October 2011, State Assembly Bill 109 went into effect resulting in a shift of responsibility for incarcerating low-risk inmates classified as non-serious, non-sex, and non-violent offenders from the state prison system to the county jail system.
The R.I.S.E model is developed from evidence-based practices of successful reentry programs across the State and country and specifically based on the success of the women’s Gemma Day Program, Continuing Care Program and Transitional House which has resulted in a reduction in recidivism that is double the National average.
Hours Of Operation
Monday - Thursday, 9am - 5:00pm and by appointment
Closed noon - 1pm
Vanessa Kuhlman, MA MFT Intern
501 Soquel Ave., Suite E
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
831-457-4560, ext. 228