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New Choices for Adolescents

This is a program for adolescents (age 13-18) who are in the secure population at East Central Regional Juvenile Center in Lino Lakes. The program utilizes a cognitive treatment model based on research and evaluation that has been found to be effective with substance-abusing juvenile offenders. The program provides service coordination across systems and gradually incorporates informal community supports to prepare youths for transition to their home community.

Washington County Jail Substance Use Program

Canvas Health staff who are embedded in the Washington County Jail work with inmates to end their addictions by helping them look at what underlies their dependence by addressing their whole lifestyle. The on coping strategies and  changing belief systems. The program uses evidence-based therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Enhanced Illness Management and Recover (EIMR).

The three primary therapeutic components are:

  • Group Therapy: CBT and EIMR are used through cyclical education and processing regime. Clients check-in about their situation, what is working and what is not working, a review of cognitive skills, and a processing of their histories. Education includes the various aspects of addiction, life styles, stress management, relapse prevention, mental health concerns, and goal-setting and evaluation.
  • Individual Therapy: This is an opportunity for a client and counselor to process what they’re learning in group, walking through their goals, and to do so in this case separated from the collective inmate social structure present in group.
  • Treatment coordination: As individuals leave their stay of incarceration, it is important to help them with a follow up and reintegration plan so that they can maintain their sobriety from substances as they return to environments that would have supported their use.

The program staff also engage case management services and coordinate with jail staff and others to ensure clients get support throughout their day. Additionally, counselors connect clients, probation officers, etc. with treatment after their release from jail.

Chisago County Jail Program

Canvas Health’s with a program at Chisago County Jail is designed to provide judicial clients with strategies that will prevent relapsing into problematic alcohol and drug use and criminal conduct.

Staff, who are embedded at the Chisago County Public Safety Center, strive to provide judicial clients with the strategies, concepts and skills to bring meaning and responsibility into all facets of their lives.

The 12-week program is based on a cognitive-behavioral model treating both substance use and criminal thinking simultaneously.

The primary therapeutic components of this program are:

  • Group Therapy: CBT and EIMR are used through cyclical education and processing regime. Clients check-in about their situation, what is working and what is not working, a review of cognitive skills, and a processing of their histories. Education includes the various aspects of addiction, life styles, stress management, relapse prevention, mental health concerns, and goal-setting and evaluation.
  • Individual Substance Use Therapy: This is an opportunity for a client and counselor to process what they’re learning in group, walking through their goals, and to do so in this case separated from the collective inmate social structure present in group.
  • Individual Mental Health Therapy: This is an opportunity for a client and counselor to process what they’re learning in group, walking through their goals, and to do so in this case separated from the collective inmate social structure present in group.
  • Treatment coordination: As individuals leave their stay of incarceration, it is important to help them with a follow up and reintegration plan so that they can maintain their sobriety form substances as they return to environments that would have supported their use.
  • Peer Recovery Specialist support: Peer Recovery Specialists are individuals in recovery, who meet clients seeking help in their recovery. The specialist helps clients work through barriers to their recovery including connection to services, advice, friendship, and advocacy.

Program staff work closely with the jail’s staff, probation officers, county attorneys, and public defenders.

One of the primary focuses of the program, in addition to the educational element, is to afford clients the best possible opportunities post-release, through a formal continuing care plan as they transition back into the community.

After release, a client’s transition plan can include continuing his or her treatment on an outpatient basis.

More Information

Referrals

Referrals to this program are court-ordered, via an individual’s case manager, or self-referral

Questions

For general questions about our correctional programs, please reach out!

Email
info@canvashealth.org

Meet The Team

John Koska

John Koska

Substance Use Counselor - Jail Program

I strive to educate and challenge individuals to develop themselves.

Clinic Locations

  • Stillwater

Specialty Areas

  • Substance Use Counselor at Washington County Jail
  • Ages Served: 18+
  • Addiction, Alcohol Abuse

Professional Experience

I have worked as IOP counselor for 24 years, 17 years in a correctional setting.

Education

  • Associate Degree in Chemical Health

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)

Referral & Information

Referrals to this program are court-ordered, via an individual’s case manager, or self-referral.

Kelly M

Kelly Mettayer

Substance Use Counselor - Correctional

I believe that every client is unique with their own set of needs, strengths, and goals. I believe in meeting clients where they are at and helping them gain the skills to reach their goals.

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Correctional Facility Counseling and Treatment
  • Ages Served 13-18

Professional Experience

I have been working in the field of addiction since 2003 with adolescents in an outpatient setting and currently in a corrections setting.

Education

  • AA in Substance Dependency - Century College

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)

Referral & Information

Referrals to this program are court-ordered, via an individual’s case manager, or self-referral.

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