The warden speaks to the graduates.

Warden John Katavich speaks to the graduates.

By Ismael ‘Milo’ Alomari, Correctional Counselor III
Wasco State Prison-Reception Center

Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC), in partnership with HealthRIGHT 360, held its first graduation ceremony for the inaugural group of inmates to complete the Substance Abuse Treatment (SAT) Program.

The SAT Program at WSP-RC is a 15- day, Single-Level SAT Program offering services to 96 participants. The Single-Level SAT utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to treatment developed by the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute.

Program director Holly Bishop speaks to the gathering.

Program director Holly Bishop speaks to the gathering.

The participants are taught cognitive behavioral interventions for substance abuse. The curriculum also places emphasis on skill building for cognitive, social, emotional and coping skills.

Upon successful completion of the program, offenders will meet with a Transitional Counselor for continued treatment planning and placement into a community-based substance abuse program upon release. In addition, if eligible, an offender may earn Milestone Credits for reductions to his prison sentence.

Warden John Katavich, along with Program Director Holly Bishop and HealthRIGHT 360 Treatment Counselors, addressed the group of participants with words of wisdom, encouragement and hopefulness for a brighter future.

Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, WSP-RC and HealthRIGHT 360 said they hope graduates take full advantage of the skills they have learned and apply them as they continue on their path to sobriety and successful reentry into the community.

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