News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Feb. 11, 2016, 8:47 a.m.
On Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m., Clackamas County Community Corrections will host a Grand Opening for its new Transition Center -- a new, all-in-one location providing crucial services to Corrections clients leaving jail or prison.
At 3:15 p.m., Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts will welcome attendees. The Grand Opening will feature tours, light refreshments, and info about community partners participating at the Transition Center. Angela Hawken, PhD and Jonathan D. Kulick, PhD of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy will also be on-hand to support the launch.
The facility is the first of its kind in the State of Oregon.
The media and public are invited to the event. The Transition Center is located at 2223 Kaen Rd. in Oregon City [ map ]. Media outlets should contact our PIO for interview opportunities.
"This is part of a nationwide effort to right-size the prison population," said Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Chris Hoy, formerly the Sheriff's Office Community Corrections Captain. "The idea is to create programs that reduce recidivism without compromising community safety, and ultimately to reduce the incarceration rate. Clackamas County has been out front in investing in programs like this -- programs that reduce the revolving door at our county jail."
"It's about working together and it's about wrap-around resources," said Sheriff Roberts. "We have a population at our jail where many people are struggling with mental illness -- whether it's depression or something else. If you just boot them out the door, they can often end up right back in jail. The goal of the Transition Center is to break that pattern and change people's lives."
ABOUT THE TRANSITION CENTER
The Transition Center is located at 2223 Kaen Rd. in Oregon City, following a massive remodeling project that completely overhauled the former Sheriff's Office South Station building.
"It's a big change from what this building used to be," said Clackamas County Commission Chair John Ludlow at a recent preview gathering for the Transition Center. He spoke of the need to embrace the true meaning of "corrections," in the sense of setting people's lives back on track: "If they want to change we can help them... Without hope, what do people have?... We can help instill that in the way we 'correct' people and the opportunities we give them.... I'm really looking forward to this facility helping those people out."
To that end, the Transition Center provides a centralized location where clients being released from custody (or at risk of returning to custody) can seamlessly access re-entry services. These services -- all under one roof -- include:
- Employment and housing assistance
- Peer mentors
- Cognitive therapy
- Mental-health and substance Abuse assessments
- Basic needs
- Hygiene items
- Bi-monthly health-care enrollment
In spring 2016, the Transition Center will also partner with Clackamas Community College to offer GED courses, and Northwest Family Services will also be offering parenting classes.
Plans are also underway to have a medical provider on-site.
Transition Center Probation Officers will conduct "reach-ins" at the Clackamas County Jail and local prisons -- completing risk assessments, developing release plans and beginning the referral process for clients before they're released.
"This is a great opportunity for Clackamas County Jail Captain Lee Eby and I to work together to reduce the recidivism in our local jail," said Community Corrections Director Captain Jenna Morrison. "We are targeting our highest-risk offenders, but we're also working with people with mental illness who spend too many days in our jail when what they really need is services. We've dedicated multiple staff to working in the jail to create a seamless handoff to the Transition Center."
Transition Center staffers will also work to reduce the number of individuals going to jail -- offering services to low-criminality clients who've had contact with law enforcement and may be struggling with mental-health issues or other crises. Staffers will work to stabilize these clients and connect them with any resources they need.
For more information on the Clackamas County Transition Center, click here.
Community partners contributing to the Transition Center include:
- Northwest Family Services
- Clackamas County Behavioral Health
- Clackamas Community College
- Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine
- Bridges to Change
- City Team
- Community Solutions Clackamas County
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office