“Oregon Department of Corrections data reveals that 79.4% of prison inmates have substance use disorders and nearly 60% have a history of addiction/dependence. The IRISS program provides peer support and sober housing for Washington County referred offenders. Sixty-seven percent of the participants completed the program. Many completers appeared to benefit from services despite their non-completion status.”
–IRISS Men’s Peer Support Program, Sept. 2013-Sept. 2015, Washington County Corrections and Bridges to Change
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To reduce the number of Department of Corrections prison intakes in Washington County, IRISS provides the Court an enhanced community supervision alternative to prison; uses risk, needs, and responsivity to determine viable sentence options; creates and enforces evidence-based conditions of supervision; and holds individuals accountable through improved matching of supervision, services, and sanctions based upon the needs.
Bridges to Change provides housing, employment specialists and mentors for individuals involved in the IRISS program.
In 2009, Washington County implemented a new Homeless-To-Work Program that provides transitional housing serving homeless, unaccompanied individuals over 18 years of age. The program offers short-term housing and employment mentorship with linkage to appropriate supportive services provided by community partners. The Homeless To Work Program is managed by Bridges To Change and administered by the Washington County Department of Housing Services.
Through this program, a mentor can be matched with individuals who request a mentor prior to releasing from jail. Program staff meet with a client in the jail one month prior to release. Mentors assist individuals transition into housing and employment. Additionally, mentors will assist with finding community support meetings, accessing SNAP benefits, obtaining identification from the DMV and getting food boxes. There is an ongoing Bridges to Change Mentor/Support Group open to individuals even after they have moved on from services.
The Treatment Dorm Mentor works with men in the residential treatment program at Washington County Community Corrections Center. Mentors are paired with individuals following the first phase of treatment. These participants will attend weekly mentor group and attend outside community support meetings with a mentor. Together, they develop a supportive relationship as well as community connections. During Phase 3, the mentor assists the individual with finding housing, employment and other long term needs. After completing treatment, participants continue to attend mentor group for at least 6 weeks to ensure successful transition.