St. Lucie, Florida substance abuse program sees success through strong partnership

StLucieCounty_BadgeThe Journey Forward Substance Abuse Program in St. Lucie County, Florida has been an extremely successful initiative since its introduction back in 2003. Its success has flourished due to the continued collaboration between St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara and his staff, Corizon Health staff and mental health provider New Horizons’ staff. Director of Detention for St. Lucie County Jail, Major Patrick Tighe, has stated this “partnership program is second-to-none in Florida and nationwide.”

Through this vital program, inmates in the jail learn how to overcome their addictions and reclaim their lives. The program offers intensive treatment to nonviolent drug offenders while they are incarcerated and aftercare services in the community upon their release. It is voluntary and open to both male and female inmates, though in order to qualify, inmates must maintain a record of good behavior and demonstrate a genuine desire to return to their community as productive citizens.

The ultimate goal of the journey forward program is to break the cycle of recidivism which is so typical for those offenders who struggle with addiction. This goal directly correlates to the Corizon Health Vision of improving the communities in which we all live and work.