Substance Abuse Treatment Opportunity Program

S.T.O.P. is a 36-bed intensive alcohol and drug rehabilitation program housed in the segregated housing block within the walls of the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction. S.T.O.P. is a 6-month program. Annually, 100 inmates are admitted. S.T.O.P. was developed to utilize the evidence based practices of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as developed by the Hazelden Foundation and the Minnesota: Department of Correction. Weekly individual counseling is provided for each inmate in S.T.O.P. Daily New Direction group sessions provided the inmate with education and experiential learning focusing on the 6 workbooks of New Direction – substance abuse, criminal thinking, socialization, relapse and reentry / reintegration. S.T.O.P. is staffed by three Substance Abuse Counselor’s. Their offices are located in the S.T.O.P. housing block.

Additional S.T.O.P. classes & activities:

  • Victim Impact (10 weeks) provided by WCJHoC staff
  • Parenting (10 weeks) provided by Pernet Family Services of Worcester
  • Yoga (weekly) provided by Central Mass. Yoga
  • Fiber Optics WCJHoC staff
  • Communicable Disease (6 weeks) provided by the Edward M Kennedy Community Health Center
  • Alcoholic’s Anonymous meeting – approved Central Mass community volunteers
  • Narcotic’s Anonymous meeting – approved Central Mass community volunteers
  • Comprehensive Mental Health Services are provided on an as needed weekly basis.

Re-Entry / Reintegration

For many inmates, S.T.O.P. is their first successful contact with treatment. But treatment only starts at S.T.O.P. Treatment of addiction and mental health disorders is based on a continuum of individual plan of treatment services. The Re-Entry/Reintegration Specialist makes referrals and placements to an array of outpatient and residential programs to continue post release treatment.
Rehabilitation Earned Time – Main Jail, Mods, Annex & Work Release

Sentenced inmates at the Worcester County House of Correction can obtain on a monthly basis – 2.5 days of sentence reduction by attending substance abuse programming. Daily substance classes are conducted by four Substance Abuse Counselors. Each inmate can access two classes/week. On average, 550 inmates obtain rehabilitation earned time monthly.

The core curricula consists of classes on substance abuse, domestic violence awareness, criminal thinking, relapse prevention & reintegration. An “Opioid Overdose Prevention” class has been developed to assist the inmate population who are 13X’s more likely to experience a fatal Opioid overdose within 72 hours of their release from incarceration. Presently, the Mass. Department of Public Health reports that 2.6 citizens of Massachusetts die from a fatal overdose daily.