|Drug Rehabilitation Center History|
The Reno County Community Corrections Day Reporting Center began in September, 1992. Originally, the program was funded to include a Substance Abuse Specialist and a Substance Abuse Counselor.
The program was designed in the early stages to focus on supervision as well as substance abuse treatment. It was based upon the Twelve Step Recovery format. Daily contact, daily itineraries, and drug screening were essential components.
Treatment groups were held five days a week, with evening and weekend surveillance contact. Both juveniles and adults were served by the program. Adult admissions initially outnumbered juvenile admissions by five to one. From 1998 until 2003, however, the juvenile population expanded dramatically.
During the first two years, the program expanded to include a weekly family group. It was intended to serve the family members of individuals in treatment. Participation was voluntary, but highly recommended for spouses. Children over the age of ten were allowed to participate with their parent in this group. Although only designed to be a six-week program, actively participating family members continued longer. By educating family members about enabling behaviors, DRC participants also benefitted.
Over the course of the last twelve years, the DRC program has seen many transformations and modifications. One such change was a focus more toward treatment than supervision. The name changed from Day Reporting Center to Drug Rehabilitation Center. Each year the population has increased.
Throughout the years, DRC has remained a licensed outpatient substance abuse treatment program which provides assessments, education, group, individual, and continuing care modalities. It maintained the two staff positions, which were under the original grant in 1992. Court Services and Community Corrections continued to utilize these services.
Due to lack of funding, the DRC program was eliminated as of July 1, 2002. At that time, the daily average population for both the adult and juvenile programs was the highest it had ever been. On August 4th, 2003, the DRC program officially re-opened and was staffed by one Substance Abuse Specialist to serve only the adult population.
As an approved Senate Bill 123 provider, the DRC program implemented a cognitive-based format, which was required by Kansas Law for the SB 123 population. In January 2004, the second position of Substance Abuse Counselor was reinstated. The DRC program currently provides quality services to thirty-three clients for Community Corrections and Court Services.