Jail Addiction Services (JAS) is a comprehensive jail-based treatment program designed to provide intensive addictions treatment to eligible inmates of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. This program is a collaborative effort between The Montgomery County Department of Correction and The Department of Health and Human Services.
JAS offers Addiction Treatment and Education. Participants reside in therapeutic housing units separate from the general population at MCCF. Treatment involves an eight (8) week education phase and an ongoing aftercare phase for as long as they incarcerated at MCCF. Therapeutic activities include community meetings, task, education and therapy groups, peer counseling, self-help meetings and cognitive behavior skill-building.
JAS also collaborates with Community Re-Entry Services (CRES). CRES provides advocacy in Court by recommending alternatives to incarceration, collaborates with attorneys and helps make plans for treatment after release from the jail.
The program is designed to:
Correctional Officers working in the JAS program are trained to support the structure of a Therapeutic Community Model of addictions treatment. Staff includes Master Level Therapists and support staff. The program is certified by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration.
- Encourage and increase the offender's willingness to participate in addictions treatment while incarcerated and the community;
- Provide assessment of drug/alcohol use and criminal thinking;
- Increase access to community based addiction treatment services to offenders released from MCCF;
- Reduce the recidivism rate of program participants; and
- Promote permanent abstinence from alcohol and other drugs.