New Start is a new program at WSTC in 2015 that provides comprehensive chemical dependency treatment and re-entry coordination and support services on-site at the Kitsap County Jail. This innovative and progressive program serves men and women 18 and older who are incarcerated, experiencing substance use disorders, and in need of Intensive Outpatient Substance Use Disorder treatment. The program is voluntary, and comprehensive assessment and treatment, and re-entry coordination and support services are provided. Priority is given to Veterans, pregnant women, IV drug users, people with drug-related criminal histories, and those exiting jail into homelessness.
Continuing care treatment, vocational services, and supportive transitional housing are also provided for up to nine months once the participant has exited the jail. In addition, the New Start program and its many community partner programs provide a safety net of services that support mental health, medical health, justice and legal aid, housing, transportation, education, and more.
A report released by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) in 2010 showed that alcohol and other drugs are significant factors in all crime, and that 85% of the U.S. prison and jail population have substance use disorders; histories of substance abuse; were under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of their crime; committed their offense to get money to buy drugs; were incarcerated for an alcohol or drug law violation; or shared some combination of these characteristics. The report found that if all inmates who needed treatment and continuing care received such services, the community would break even in a year if just over 10% remained sober, employed, and crime free, and that the community would reap an economic benefit of $90,953 per year, per offender.
If you would like to know more about the New Start Program, please contact WSTC at (360)876-9430 or email Julie.Whitlow@wstcs.org.