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Parolees will receive recovery support in Odyssey House program

January 7, 2015
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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New York City-based addiction and mental health services organization Odyssey House will build upon its experience in peer mentoring services under a new federally funded initiative focusing on parolees. A Jan. 6 news release from the organization states that Odyssey House will receive a two-year grant of $300,000 to offer pre- and post-release mentoring and recovery support to parolees at the Edgecombe Correctional Facility in Manhattan.

Odyssey House already provides services at Edgecombe, operating a 45-day in-prison treatment program at the correctional facility. The new award from the U.S. Department of Justice will offer services for up to 200 parolees, seeking to ease their transition between incarceration and community living.

Under the new initiative, credentialed addiction counselors will provide group recovery services prior to individuals' release, while peers will serve in a recovery coaching capacity post-release. The peer mentors will be trained in modalities that include Thinking for Change and Motivational Enhancement Therapy.