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The Britton Foundation is a
non-profit organization established to develop and implement a second chance at
life for individuals with a troubled or vexed background. This program will
successfully help both male and female of every ethnicity to redeem themselves and
accomplish their long and short term goals. During this transition our goal is
to educate and rehabilitate ex-offenders, minorities, and the homeless by
providing the necessary housing, training, and counseling that would put them
on track for a more promising future.
Narrative Description of Activities
in the program are exposed, to opportunities for regeneration based on a
personal relationship with God. Within this setting of spiritual awakening, a
program has been built that meets the spiritual and social needs of individuals
who have treatable problems. An important part of the program is work therapy.
This fosters personal satisfaction and an increased sense of worth by
encouraging productivity and self-sufficiency. When the individual returns to
the community as a productive, responsible citizen, he is equipped with the
tools to enhance the quality of his life as well as that of his community.
The Britton Foundation facilitates the rehabilitation of
individuals suffering from alcoholism and/or drug addiction through a social
model, work therapy-based program. The six to twelve-month residential, program
prepares its "clients" to re-enter society and return to gainful employment.
Frequently, those rehabilitated are re-united with their families, resolve
outstanding legal issues, improve their physical and mental health and resume a
All residents are required to participate in a comprehensive
program of work therapy, individual and group counseling, chemical dependency
education, relapse prevention, nicotine cessation, Twelve Step meetings, Bible study, and chapel
services. Throughout the program, regular drug testing and breathalyzer testing
is done to ensure a drug-free environment.
For the first thirty days, residents are restricted to the
facility and may not receive unofficial outside visits or phone calls. This is
to allow the client time to adapt to the rules and structure of the program. In
the second month, participants begin to attend outside AA/NA meetings, find a
sponsor, and begin to earn passes to visit family and friends to strengthen
their outside support network.
By the third month in the program, all residents undergo a
ninety-day review process during which progress made in all program areas is
assessed by the treatment team. The client receives recommendations for his
continuing recovery plan and begins to decide whether he will commit to a six,
nine or twelve month program if he has not already done so. By this time, clients
should be firmly rooted in a home group, actively working with a sponsor and a
counselor, and should have completed four recovery journals used in the
The first six months in the program are known as Phase I. Clients
may receive a graduation certificate at this point or continue on into Phase
II, months six through twelve, during which residents receive in-depth relapse
prevention and independent living skills training. Phase II residents also have
the opportunity to pursue vocational planning and job search services.
Graduates are honored each week in Chapel services and are given the
opportunity to inspire the newcomers, to acknowledge those who supported them
throughout their experience in the program, and to share any spiritual gains
they made during their stay at the Britton Foundation.
This program provides an atmosphere where residents find
support, understanding and guidance. It is expected that residents will take
full advantage of the services offered to them. Failure to do so could result
in discharge from the program.
Following is a more detailed look at the major areas in which
the clients are expected to participate:
The Britton Foundation believes in ministering to the "whole
person". Its purpose, therefore, is to reacquaint residents with their
spiritual needs and invite them to strengthen ties that they may have once had
with a formal church.
The spiritual component of the program includes daily
devotions, weekly Bible study; Chapel services twice a week and individual
spiritual counseling as requested. Attendance at these services is mandatory.
the year, some clients will be offered the opportunity to attend a spiritual
retreat. This is held during a weekend in the spring. Retreats are designed to
provide an opportunity for meditation, spiritual renewal, physical activity and
2. Work Therapy
All residents are required to participate in the work therapy
program, which consists of a forty-hour workweek in an assigned position. Work
therapy includes such assignments as truck helpers, mechanics, kitchen workers,
janitors, appliance repair workers and numerous others. The time schedule
varies according to work assignment.
This part of the overall rehabilitation program is considered
to be of major importance as it provides the opportunity to learn or reacquire
disciplined work habits, gain job skills, and to develop a sense of self-worth
and value that are crucial to re-entry into the working world.
An important objective of the counseling program is to help
residents to effectively deal with attitudes and behaviors that present an
obstacle to achieving a healthy and chemical-free lifestyle.
After a client has been in the program several weeks, he is
assigned a counselor for weekly individual counseling sessions. With the help
of his counselor, he develops an individual rehabilitation plan which is then
updated every thirty days. Counselors also follow the progress that the client
is making in completing his recovery journals and utilize them as counseling
Staff and interns are an important resource in helping
residents deal with clients’ special needs, such as accessing social services,
replacing lost documents, coordinating medical or psychiatric evaluations, or
arranging for legal assistance.
4. Group Counseling
Group counseling is mandatory for all program participants
once a week. In addition to process groups where residents can explore feelings
and behaviors that will contribute to the development of healthy coping skills,
residents also participate in a variety of psycho educational groups such as
anger management, chemical dependency, relapse prevention, healthy
relationships and independent living skills. These topic groups are led by
professional staff and provide education as well as the opportunity to apply
this knowledge in a new and personal way.
Interns, depending on ability and experience, may observe,
co-facilitate, or facilitate their own group.
5. Twelve Step
Each client is required to attend 7 AA or NA meetings each
week during Phase I and 5 meetings weekly in Phase II. These are usually a
combination of in-house and outside meetings in the community. Residents are
encouraged to actively work with a sponsor, make meeting commitments, and to
develop a clean and sober network
6. Leisure and Recreational
Exploring positive social alternatives to using drugs and
alcohol is an important part of the program. A variety of activities are
available on-site to provide residents with opportunities for positive
socialization such as pool, card, and bowling tournaments. Clients are also
given the chance to attend activities outside of the Foundation, including
sports activities, drama, and musical theater.
Holidays throughout the year are celebrated in a festive and
special way. On the last Wednesday of the month, a birthday party is held for
those residents whose birthdays occur in that month. A special dinner is served
and each birthday celebrant receives a birthday card and small gift.
Educational enrichment classes to assist with GED preparation
or with literacy skills are available on-site once a week to all residents with
over thirty days in the program. Outside educational referrals for literacy
skills, academic remediation, and GED preparation are also available.
Phase II of the program, clients begin the Re-entry phase. They attend a
re-entry group once a week in order to enhance skills necessary to re-enter the
job market and to return to independent living. At this point in the program,
they are also linked to outside resources to assist them with housing and job
search. Phase II clients are given the privilege to use the computers in the
GED room for job and housing searches, to attend in-house computer classes, and
to attend college courses at various Colleges and/Universities.
• Applicants must be male, alcohol and/or drug abusers who are
at least 18 years of age.
• Must be physically able to participate in a work-therapy
• Applicants with serious psychiatric disorders, who are
actively suicidal or who have made a serious recent attempt will be referred to
a more appropriate setting.
• Applicants with pervasive histories of violence will also be
screened and referred to another setting.
• The Director of Rehabilitation Services prior to admission
must clear applicants presenting for admission who are currently taking
• Applicants may self-refer or be referred by the criminal
justice system, CPS, detox centers or other outside agencies.
2. Discharge Criteria
Clients will be terminated from the program for the following
• Act of violence or threat of violence
• Repeated failure to engage in program activities
• Bringing drugs or alcohol onto the premises
• Using drugs or alcohol while in the program
If a client relapses, he may reapply for admission thirty days
after the date of discharge, in most cases. A client may have a maximum of
three admissions into the Britton Foundation. The program staff, on a
case-by-case basis, will decide other conditions for re-admission.
Britton Foundation Re-Entry Program
25% Payment Procedure Policy
- Each week, beginning with the first day of
admission and continuing throughout the duration of treatment, every TTC
parole client participating in the Britton Foundation Substance Abuse
Program will submit, in person, to the appropriate Case Aide Office a
fully and accurately completed TBF 25% Income Assessment Verification Form
(hereinafter called TBF 25% Verification Form).
schedule is to be strictly adhered to as collection/receipt of TBF 25% Verification
Forms and/or payments will not be permitted outside of these specified times:
Day Time Place of Collection
Monday & Thursday10:00a.m.-11:00a.m.1 st floor Cashier
- In the event that staff is
unavailable to collect forms and/or payments at any scheduled collection
time, clients are to submit forms and/or payments at the next regularly
scheduled time. No EXCEPTIONS!
- Unemployed clients will submit only a fully and
accurately completed TBF 25% Verification Form.
- Employed clients will:
a fully and accurately completed TBF 25% Verification Form, one for each
separate place of employment.
payment based on 25% of all income received (SSI, second job, tips, etc.) prior
to taxes and withholding.
a copy of paycheck and pay stub and attach copies to TBF 25% Verification Form
where indicated and retain original for personal records.
payment by money order only. Checks
will not be accepted. Do not write in the "payee" line on the money order until
told to do so. Payment will be accepted in whole dollars only.
any additional forms as may be required by staff and obtain a receipt from the
designated collector of funds at the time of payment.
- Payment for
the last pay period while at this facility will be based on the number of
days present during such time period. (Example: 8 hrs. X Rate of Pay X
Days Present in Last Pay Period=Gross)
25% Verification Form and payment must be submitted immediately after receipt
of paycheck and upon first scheduled collection time. Failure to make immediate
payment or to follow above procedure will result in disciplinary action.
- Leroy Curlin
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