PVSP graduates take steps toward success

A man stands at a lectern speaking to a crowd of incarcerated people
Warden (A) Tristan Lemon congratulates the PVSP graduates.

22 complete ISUDT milestone

The Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT) program at Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) hosted a graduation for 22 proud graduates on Feb. 15. They earned recognition for completing Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (CBI). CBI is operated by the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP).

ISUDT teaches evidence-based curriculum focusing on combating substance use disorders. It also builds life skills. This helps successfully reintegrate people back into society.

Other participants assigned to various classes within ISUDT were in attendance to cheer on their peers.

The sentiment: personal reflection and enjoyment. Attendees honored graduates for taking the steps to:

  • Motivate
  • Inspire
  • Encourage change for themselves and their families

PVSP Warden cheers on graduates

Tristan Lemon, PVSP Warden (A), gave an inspiring speech. He spoke of growth and investment to make a better life. Lemon congratulated all the ISUDT participants and highlighted their bravery in starting the journey of empowerment and sobriety.

“Rehabilitation is the pathway to success,” ISUDT Correctional Counselor III at PVSP, Jennifer Cota, said. “Over the years with this program, I’ve seen it grow and impact change on each participant assigned to our classes.

“The population we serve has a better chance to succeed upon their release back into society because of the tools they learn in class. The success of this program is largely attributed to the dedicated contract staff who work with the inmates each day and the support of Warden Tristan Lemon and his Executive Team.”

Also in attendance for the graduation was Maria Faulkner, PVSP Chief Deputy Warden, several ISUDT Department staff and all Amity Foundation staff members.

Learn more about the ISUDT program.

An incarcerated man speaks at a lectern to a crowd of seated people.
Jonathan Kohut, ISUDT Peer Mentor, speaks about the positive impact of the program.

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