Reentry involves treating all avenues to recidivism

Alcohol and Drug Treatment


Alcohol- and drug-related issues significantly contribute to recidivism rates throughout the country and in the Commonwealth. As part of the services provided at reentry centers, an added focus on treating substance abuse issues helps increase a reentrant’s chance of leading a crime-free life after returning to the community, and reinforces the reentry philosophy of treating all potential avenues to recidivism.

These alcohol and drug services are available at the Chambersburg and Wilkes-Barre service centers.


Upon intake, each reentrant will be interviewed by a Case Manager and will complete the Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria (PCPC). Individuals will also be assessed using the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), an effective and reliable assessment tool used worldwide for substance abuse evaluation. The assessment addresses medical status, employment and support, drug use, alcohol use, legal status, family/social status and psychiatric status. These indicators will be used to set up an individual treatment plan.

Program Curriculum

Reentrants will be treated using two primary cognitive behavioral methods of substance abuse treatment – Moral Reconation Therapy® (MRT) and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBISA). CBISA was developed by the University of Cincinnati’s Correction Institute and is well-suited for individuals with a moderate-to-high need for substance abuse treatment.

Relapse Prevention

A central part of the program includes training in relapse prevention, which teaches reentrants to identify early relapse warning signs and encourages alternative choices. The training provides individuals with decision-making tools to lower the risk of relapse. Case managers work with and monitor reentrants throughout the aftercare process.