The Re-entry Enhancement Coordination (REC) program was created to prepare incarcerated individuals struggling with addictions to successfully re-enter the community. Each individual begins substance use disorder treatment while in prison, upon exit Bridges to Change provides temporary housing and mentors for each participant. Our partner, Volunteers of America, InAct, provides continued treatment on an outpatient basis. The REC team is a partnership between VOA Oregon, the Department of Corrections, the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, SE Works and Bridges to Change
The Criminal Justice Commission completed a study of the REC program in Multnomah County. They found that there was a 54% reduction in the rate of recidivism in the treatment group in comparison to those who did not receive services. Both groups were equal in age, race, criminal history, criminal history risk score, and other measures in order to get an accurate study.