High Desert State Prison (HDSP) celebrated 52 Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (CBI), Out-Patient Living and Balance graduates. CBI is apart of the Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT) program.
Several participants told their personal story of how crucial this program has been to change their mind set while incarcerated.
ISUDT program is a comprehensive approach to treating Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in California prisons. ISUDT requires active involvement of all business areas within CDCR and CCHCS. This involvement provides timely and effective evidence-based treatment and transitions to incarcerated individuals with SUD. The long-term goals of ISUDT are to reduce SUD-related morbidity, mortality, and recidivism.
HDSP Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) counselors encouraged and supported the participants. In return, members of the program worked hard to finish their first step in this program.
The partnership and collaboration between CDCR, CCHCS, DRP, and Center Point Inc., has equipped these men with tools learned during CBI.
These tools include, but are not limited to:
- interpersonal communication
- healthier coping strategies
- and relapse prevention plans.
“I am proud of everyone completing this portion of the program and look forward to seeing everyone at the next step. I want to thank all the staff and participants involved in this program. More opportunities will come to you, with more understanding of how to achieve them from the hard work you put into the ISUDT/DRP program,” said HDSP Warden St. Andre.
Story by Lt. Jon Sieberg