Community Re-Entry Program
Greeting from the clients, students, volunteers’, employees from the Community Re-Entry Program (CRP) and the Faculty and staff of the University of the Pacific’s, Psychology Department. Our site has been created to share information about our organization, and to help strengthen contact among those involved in assisting people who are challenged by a chronic mental disability.
The Community Re-Entry program was created in the early 70’s as a pilot program targeting a California State mandate to relocate people who experience a major mental disability out of institutionalized setting and back into their community of origin. This initial task was accomplished through a three year NIMH grant that required the UOP Psychology department to utilize applied behavioral analysis masters level students to recruit, assess and train clients the skills necessary for community based living. This three-year grant was the first step in the development of a comprehensive “Continuum of Care of Services” for people who experience a major mental disability. The NIMH grant was immediately followed by the development of a Psychology department based University grant with the local San Joaquin County Mental Health system that has been ongoing for 30 years to date. The hallmark of the CRP program has been and continues to be our dependence on Applied Behavioral Analysis as the primary mechanism of teaching, training and intervention for both clients and students.
Over the years, the CRP program has evolved into one of the finest and most comprehensive psycho-educational behavioral based programs in the nation with a continuum of services that addresses consumer needs at any level of their development. Long before it became fashionable to employ such terminology as “least restrictive setting”, “normalization”, or “semi-independent…supervised housing” (e.g., early 1970’s), CRP was operating a residential treatment continuum for the mentally disabled with the goal of providing life skills training as a primary vehicle for reducing dependence on institutionalized treatment and supervision. Before the relatively recent, general acceptance of applied behavioral techniques in community mental health, CRP was demonstrating strong treatment outcomes and reduced recidivism and relapse measures by focusing on life skills training as a necessary part of the broader clinical milieu. Lastly, CRP has been an innovator in the systematic application of behavioral life skills training with the mentally disabled in such diverse areas as consumerism, vocational skill development, sports, financial management, nutrition and personal and system advocacy.
Our success has been largely attributable to a unique convergence of several important factors:
- Integral student participation and achievement through our university foundation.
- Genuine interest and support from University and community leaders.
- Extreme cost effectiveness in service delivery.
- Significant treatment success as shown in over 30 years of diverse measures and a focus on client outcome.
- Willingness to openly share program methods, philosophy, and real life experiences.
- Close integration with academic units of the University.
- A consistently positive relationship with the greater mental health community on a local and statewide basis.
- A willingness to change and grow and to “go by the data.”
This rich tradition continues in an organization that has grown from its infancy into a substantial community mental health resource having achieved national recognition. Certainly, this growth has been accompanied by increasing academic and employment opportunities for students of the University and, most importantly, increasing successes in assisting an ever growing number of mentally disabled persons to achieve the highest possible levels of independence, self-sufficiency and life satisfaction.
We here at CRP are proud of our heritage, and eagerly look to the challenges and accomplishments that our future will bring. Thanks for visiting our web site and I hope you will come back soon.
Cris T. Clay