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The Strategic Individualized Remediation Treatment (STIRT) program is a continuum of care that includes short-term residential treatment and outpatient treatment for both men and women, 18 years of age or older, involved in the criminal justice system and at risk of returning to jail or prison due to technical violations of probation, parole, or other conditions of release.
The program is comprised of a short-term residential treatment episode followed by six to nine months of community-based services. In addition to substance use and mental health treatment services, participants can take advantage of assistance with transportation, some medication needs, help with reconnecting to family, and engagement in positive social and leisure activities.
In 2018, the program name changed from Short Term Intensive Residential Remediation (STIRRT) to Strategic Individualized Remediation Treatment (STIRT) to reflect that this is a continuum of care, not just a short-term residential program.
Residential Service Provider Contacts
Alyssa Hetschel, LCSW, LAC
STIRT Referral Coordinator
STIRT Clinical Supervisor
Send Referrals to: STIRTreferral@btxs.org
Send Referrals to: STIRTreferral@btxs.org
3500 Baltimore Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81008
Clients may also be referred to appropriately licensed community based agencies for both male and female Continuing Care Services.
STIRT Intensive Residential Program Admission Criteria:
Re-entry into the STIRT Residential Treatment Program
STIRT Continuing Care (CC) Program Admission Criteria:
Following graduation from a STIRT residential program, clients are expected to enroll and engage in STIRT Continuing Care services for 24 to 36 weeks, avoiding a potential return to jail or prison. The length of stay beyond the minimum expected stay will be determined by the treatment team and is based on assessment outcomes and client progress.
To qualify for admission and participation in a STIRT Continuing Care program client must:
Re-entry into the STIRT Continuing Care Program
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1. What is the STIRT program?
The Strategic Individualized Remedial Treatment (STIRT) program (originally named Short Term Intensive Residential Remediation Treatment) is a continuum of care, comprised of an intensive residential treatment phase followed by a six to nine month outpatient Continuing Care (CC) treatment phase.The program is intended to provide treatment services to men and women, 18 years or older, who are involved in the criminal justice system, and are at risk of returning to jail or prison due to technical violations of probation, parole, or other conditions of release.
2. What are the primary components of the STIRT continuum of care?
The Intensive Residential Treatment phase of the program lasts for three weeks and is comprised of a minimum of 108 hours of therapeutic contact in a safe, highly structured, drug and alcohol-free environment. The Continuing Care (CC) phase is a six to nine month graduated outpatient treatment episode that includes group therapy, psycho-education classes, individual sessions, ongoing care management, support, monitoring, and case management.
3. What are the goals of the STIRT program?
A primary goal of STIRT is to reduce re-incarceration and recidivism rates by addressing criminogenic behavior, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders prevalent in this population. An immediate objective is to work in partnership with clients and referral sources to increase treatment access and improve compliance with criminal justice supervision. The program provides the treatment, motivation and skills development necessary to help clients stay out of the criminal justice system and become viable members of their community.
4. How long has the STIRT program been in existence?
The program began in 1996, at one Denver Metro area location, as a two week intensive residential treatment program for men, 18 years or older, in an effort to reduce the number of returns to custody due to technical violations and new offenses.
5. Why was the program’s name changed?
The original name implied that this is only a short term residential program; however, the program has evolved into a more extensive continuum of care.The name change is intended to better communicate the program’s scope and intent.
6. What other changes have been made to the original program?
Over the past 20 years OBH has implemented several changes to the program to improve quality and access.These changes include adding treatment services for females, increasing the number of residential treatment sites from one to three, adding funding for wrap-around support services (i.e., medication assistance, transportation, wellness and recovery activities, limitedquipment purchases, and case management), and increased the residential program length of stay from two weeks to three weeks.
7. How much does participation in the STIRT program cost?
The STIRT residential phase is free of charge for those persons who qualify.
Agencies may charge STIRT Continuing Care clients a maximum of $5.00 per group or individual session as part of the client’s investment in their treatment.
Clients needing services beyond the scope of this program may qualify for Medicaid funding. Medicaid will not pay for services addressing criminogenic needs. If the client is Medicaid eligible and the services Medicaid billable, clients cannot be charged any additional fees beyond that billed to Medicaid.
8. Why won’t Medicaid pay for all STIRT program services?
Many of the services provided by STIRT programs are designed to address criminogenic needs and do not meet the Medicaid criteria of being medically necessary services.
9. Who is eligible for referral to the STIRT program?
Men and women, 18 years or older, with a Level of Supervision Inventory (LSI) score of at least 29, who are involved in the criminal justice system, and are at risk of returning to jail or prison due to violations conditions of release.See eligibility criteria for additional requirements.
10. Can anyone make referrals to the STIRT program?
Eligible persons may be referred to the STIRT program by criminal justice and/or law enforcement representatives such as probation, parole, courts, etc.
11. All of my potential referrals live outside of the Front Range, how can they be referred to this program?
For intensive residential program referrals, may be referred to either of our STIRT providers. Clients will have to travel to the most appropriate residential program location. STIRT provides funding to help the client get to the residential program and back to their home area. Transportation can be coordinated between the client, the referral source, and the admitting program. Following the completion of the residential program phase, continuing care services can be provided by any agency in the client’s home area that meet STIRT provider criteria.
12. Do the programs have a waitlist?
Generally, waitlists are associated with the residential treatment program phase start date, and sometimes exist as a staging point for clients waiting for the next three week rotation to begin. Sometimes waitlists exist because the request for admission exceeds the program capacity. The waitlist situation will vary for each residential program.
There have not been any reports of waitlists for Continuing Care program admissions.
13. What treatment is offered in the residential program phase and how does it flow into outpatient continuing care phase?
Currently, most of our intensive residential programs are delivering treatment utilizing the Thinking for a Change curriculum. We recognize that only a small number of community based agencies have been trained on the use of this curriculum creates a mismatch in the transition from residential to community based treatment. The Office of Behavioral Health and the STIRT Advisory committee are working to resolve this issue by identifying and addressing training needs for all STRIT service providers.
14. Who can provide STIRT program services?
All agencies wanting to provide STIRT services must be licensed by the Office of Behavioral Health to provide Services to Persons Involved in the Criminal Justice System. Residential treatment programs must also qualify as an ASAM Level 3.7 service provider. Currently there are three agencies contracted to provide residential treatment program services. There are Outpatient Continuing Care agencies all across the State. Additional requirements may apply depending on the referral source.
15. As an agency, do I have to be DOC ATP approved to provide STIRT services?
This will depend on the referral source. Some referral sources, i.e. DOC, may require that service providers meet specific criteria in order to work with their client population. So to receive referrals from DOC, Adult Parole, etc., you may be required to complete that agency’s approval process. Other referral sources may not require ATP approval for service providers.
16. How do I become a DOC ATP approved provider?
Agencies and providers interested in becoming DOC ATP approved can visit the DOC adult parole website at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdoc/adult-parole
17. As a client, how do I get referred into the program?
Persons interested in participating in the STIRT continuum of care can make the request to their probation or parole officer, case manager, or court representative. All STIRT referrals must be made by a criminal justice agency representative.
18. Are there separate programs for men and women?
Yes, there are separate treatment facilities for men and women at two of our intensive residential program sites. The third intensive residential program does not currently offer services for women. Clients any be referred to any of the three residential sites.
If I am accepted into the STIRT program: 1. What can I bring with me?
Each residential program agency has its own admission criteria, which include the list and type of items that are allowed into the facility. Contact the agencies directly for a specific listing.
2. When can I call people?
Because of the short term, and the busy, intense schedule, of the three week residential program phase, there may be little or no time for phone calls. Contact the agencies directly for more information.
3. Can I have visitors?
Because of the short term, and the busy, intense schedule, of the three week residential program phase, there may be little or no time for visitors. Contact the agencies directly for more information.
For the outpatient continuing care phase of the program; agency policies may not be as restrictive as those of the residential programs. However, there are policies in place regarding phone use, and items you can bring onto the agency site. Contact the specific agency for more information.
4. Who will provide treatment for me for the continuing care program phase?
STIRT is working to create a strong collaborative care system that encourages residential and community based agency to work together to insure a high quality of care for our clients.
Following the completion of the residential program phase, continuing care services can be provided by any agency in the State, preferably in client’s home area; that meet STIRT provider criteria. If a person was referred to STIRT while enrolled in an outpatient program they may be referred back to that outpatient program, or to any other program that is deemed appropriate if the program meets STIRT criteria. OBH and the STIRT Advisory Committee are currently working to expand the number of agencies available to provide STIRT CC services throughout the State.
For more information about the Strategic Individualized Remediation Treatment (STIRT) Program, please contact:
The STIRT Advisory Committee
The STIRT Advisory Committee is made up of STIRT Residential and Continuing Care service providers, probation officers, parole officers, and court and other referral sources, OBH, and MSO representatives. The purpose of this committee is to assist with the management, implementation, and improvement of STIRT program processes and services by informing OBH, and other Stakeholders, regarding current and potential problems with programming, management concerns, service delivery, etc. Members of the committee are tasked with providing input on problem resolution, curricula approval, training recommendations, planning, and implementation. Committee members may participate in regularly scheduled meetings either in person or via conference call.