Founded in 1982, Ridge House is a state-wide organization based out of Reno, Nevada. It provides sober living and social rehabilitation services for men and women coming out of prison. While most clients who leave prison in the state of Nevada are granted only $21 and a bus pass, Ridge House’s mission is to offer affordable housing, job skills and counseling so that residents can reintegrate in society.
Accommodations and Amenities
Because of the nature of the Ridge House program, all the locations they have throughout the state are kept relatively discreet. Still, the organization has a total of eight residences with room to house 53 residents. In each of the homes, clients can expect to share bedrooms with at least one other resident, and to sleep in twin beds. In addition to the beds, rooms also include nightstands, desks and natural light. The houses are outfitted like any normal home, complete with common areas, WiFi, cable TV and other basic amenities. Throughout their stay, clients are expected to cook and prepare their own meals in the house kitchen.
Rules and Regulations
Upon entering the program, all participants go through an initial assessment and screening process to determine their needs and their history. As a non-medical facility, anyone in need of detox or medical stabilization services must do so elsewhere. Though programs may differ somewhat, all clients can expect to attend individual and group therapy with evidence-based counseling facilitated by a team of licensed clinicians.
In addition to therapy, the basic curriculum of the program focuses on employment skills and general recovery. In the former, services include resume and job skills courses, education and vocational training, interview workshops and job placement aid. Recovery groups include life skills lessons, credit building classes, voter registration, case management services, mentoring, peer support and referrals to self-help and 12-step groups.
Throughout their stay, clients are expected to remain sober and to take regular and random drug tests. While some counseling for depression and anxiety may be included, those with more severe psychiatric needs may need to seek additional help elsewhere. Lengths of stay are flexible and usually pretty long-term.
The staff at Ridge House consists of LMFTs, LADCs, LCSWs, CADCs, house managers and additional support staff.
Beyond the above curriculum, the organization offers flexible case management services for those leaving the house to help them get permanent housing. While basic counseling is available through the organization itself, referrals can also be made to nearby facilities whenever necessary.
In all, Ridge House provides a very thorough program for clients re-entering society after serving a prison sentence. The curriculum is flexible and includes life skills education, job placement and behavioral counseling for a number of different issues. While Ridge House’s services are relatively niche, they are an invaluable resource for those in the area who need them.
900 West 1st St, Ste 200
Reno, NV 89503
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