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Turning Point Treatment Program
Turning Point
Turning Point houses fifty inmates, many dually diagnosed, participating in an intensive residential alcohol and drug treatment environment during the last six months of their incarceration.  Inmates approved for admission do not need to discontinue their medication prior to coming to Turning Point.
Residents at Turning Point typically have the most severe addiction problems and an ACRS score of .2 or above.  These inmates typically do not meet requirements of other programs (such as the Alternative Incarceration Program) due to crimes, etc. 
The day starts at 4:30 AM for some and ends at 10:00 PM.  The entire day is structured – The treatment day starts at 7:20 AM and ends at 9:00 PM.  Residents participate in 14 hours of structured activity each day and 20 hours of therapeutic contact each week.
Turning Point residents interact with general population inmates as little as possible to avoid regression.
Turning Point’s mission is to reduce recidivism by:
  • Teaching problem solving skills through education, staff and peer role modeling and   role play, and  group and individual counseling.
  • Assist inmates to practice holding themselves and others accountable, thereby increasing their ability to take responsibility for their actions.
  • Cognitive/Behavioral therapy including opportunities to practice identifying and changing thinking  errors.
  • Initiating change talk and thinking that will move the individual through Pre-contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, and Action. 
  • Assisting inmates to gain relapse prevention skills.
  • Assisting inmates to transition back into their communities.
Turning Point uses a Therapeutic Community model in which cooperation and problem solving can take place while irresponsible behavior and negative thinking can be confronted.  Feedback is received constantly during the inmates' waking hours in an intense and powerful learning environment.
Residents actively participate in their treatment; they do not simply receive treatment.  The expectation is that residents will function as decision making adults—despite their criminality and addiction—and that they will act responsibly.  Through a combination of peer support, group pressure, individual assignments, group and individual therapy, didactic groups, behavior contracts, staff modeling and intervention, a learning environment is created that can have an impact on promoting and producing behavior change through the use of evidence-based practices such as moral reconation therapy (MRT), Seeking Safety, Time Out for Men, and the Milkman-Wamberg curriculum. 
The therapeutic community concept involves residents and staff participating jointly in governing and managing the unit.  Because the community is housed within a minimum-security setting, safety and security of residents and staff is always the first priority.  A basic expectation within any therapeutic community is that there will be safety, no alcohol or other drug use, no violence, and no sexual activity.  Residents adhere to all DOC rules as well as treatment unit specific guidelines.
Therapeutic communities are well suited for offenders because:
  • They were originally developed for difficult offender addicts with criminal histories.
  • The goal is to reduce recidivism and set the stage for recovery efforts.
  • The learning process is a better match with offenders’ learning styles.
  • The criminal code is challenged.
  • There is an emphasis on pro-social and marketable interpersonal skills, i.e., appropriate body language, problem-solving skills, confidence, assertiveness, increased self-awareness and  self-care through learning to understand and follow community rules and guidelines.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting:
                        Jeanine Bassett, MA, CADC II
                        Turning Point Program Manager
                        9111 NE Sunderland Avenue
                        Portland, OR  97211
                        CRCI:  503-280-6646, ext. 297