Founded in 1971 in Pomona, California, Behavioral Systems Southwest (BSS) is a social service agency that provides substance abuse and addiction treatment to criminal justice clients. The re-entry program at BSS helps smooth the transition from incarceration back into the community. It has six locations: Phoenix, Florence, Tucson and Roosevelt, Arizona and in Los Angeles and Rubidoux, California. While the bed capacities might vary, programming is the same in all facilities. The Rubidoux program is a great example of what this network has to offer.
Accommodations and Food
Rubidoux has a 60-bed capacity, 12 for women and 48 for men, who are accommodated in two separate buildings. The women reside in a dorm-style room with has six bunk beds and locker space for personal belongings. There is a large all-female bathroom located down the hall from the room.
The men are lodged in the back of the facility, which includes seven dorm-style rooms, each accommodating between four and eight residents. Furnishings include bunk beds and locker space.
The facility also features a laundry room and a yard with a smoking area, a barbecue with picnic tables and outdoor workout equipment. This location is heavily monitored and staff accompanies residents on any off-premises excursions.
Residents are served three meals daily, cafeteria-style. Entrees include basic American food and residents eat inside a dining hall adjacent to the industrial kitchen.
Treatment and Staff
Incarcerated clients are referred by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which also pays for their treatment. Programs are between four and six months long and include a home detention constituent.
A social service model that uses evidence-based practices, specifically CBT, is employed. Treatment includes group and individual therapy, which are both psycho-educational and therapeutic. Topics include life skills training, anger management, stress management, substance abuse education, and relapse prevention. Other services include case management, money management, literacy classes, academic education and vocational guidance. Twelve-step is not a part of treatment at BSS.
BSS does not employ mental health or medical health employees. As such, it does not offer dual diagnosis support.
There are 12 staff members, which include the director/compliance manager, lead security, social services coordinator, casework staff, graveyard staff and kitchen employees. The staff-to-client ratio is five-to-one.
Behavioral Systems Southwest works hard to help clients break the criminal cycle and learn how to live a clean and sober life prior to transitioning back into society. With locations in Arizona and California, it serves as a solid resource for men and looking to restart their lives with a foundation in recovery.
Behavioral Systems Southwest
118 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA 92672
Rubidoux Residential Re-entry Center
3263 Rubidoux Blvd
Rubidoux, CA 92509
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