Get to know your PSO – Detention Center

In this week’s “Get to Know Your PSO” we focus on the Detention Center and the programs offered to inmates for substance abuse help and recovery.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office offers inmates the opportunity to participate in 12 step recovery programs including Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, and Celebrate Recovery. We also offer a specialized intervention and assessment for individuals struggling with substance abuse and medication abuse/misuse, as well as provide resources for inmates post-release.

Substance abuse meetings offered provide a place for inmates to learn about and work the 12 steps of recovery, as well as discuss their personal experience, hope, and strength through addiction recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous offers support for individuals struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. Al-Anon is a step meeting supporting individuals affected by a loved one’s or a relative’s substance abuse issues. Celebrate Recovery is a biblical based 12 step recovery program for individuals struggling with any addiction.

Onsite intervention and treatment services are available to inmates. Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services offers The Intervention program, formally known as the BRITE program, which is a community-based program targeting adults who are presenting risk factors for substance abuse and misuse. The program is based on the SBIRT model, which is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use and disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders.

We aim to set up inmates for success post-release. One of the resources we offer is RJ Recovery, Inc., a post-release mental health and substance abuse service provided at discounted rates. Intake forms for this program are available upon request. Another available resource we provide to inmates post-release is assistance with applications for a program called The Next 24 (TN24), which is a faith-based transitional program for males and females struggling with addiction. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco understands the importance of rehabilitating these men and women, “After these inmates are released we want to get them back on their feet, and at the same time we want them to be successful for the rest of their lives, so that they don’t return to the criminal justice system.”

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