Sober 24

by Washoe County, NV for the TLG 2019 Innovation Showcase program

Dec 19, 2018

Theme: Robust External Partnerships

In an effort to address issues caused by serial inebriate drinkers, Crossroads was created through a public-private partnership between Washoe County Adult Services, the local courts, and Catholic Charities in 2011.

The Crossroads program serves super-utilizer homeless clients in Washoe County in a supportive housing setting. The intent of the program is to identify, intervene and stabilize traditionally high complexity homeless clients, through cooperation with various community partners. Participants are provided housing, a monitored sober living environment, as well as on-site services including: counseling, substance use treatment, supports groups, and job training.

The Sober 24 Testing Center has grown out of the Crossroads program. The Center is a stand-alone location that provides both substance use testing facilities and wrap-around services to high need populations. The program offers a monitoring program in which a participant submits to the testing of their saliva, breath, or urine in order to determine the presence of alcohol or any controlled substance in the body. Also offered on site are: outpatient Crossroads services, mental health counseling, Learn to Earn, Department of Alternative Sentencing (DAS) drug testing and probationer check-in, case management services, and drug and alcohol testing for Child Protective Services clients.

The goal of the Program is to combat the role that alcohol and/or drug abuse plays in crime and criminal recidivism, to connect underserved populations to services, and to decrease County criminal justice and healthcare costs associated with alcohol and/or drug abuse. 

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