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Change for the Department of Corrections' Alternative Incarceration Programs
The Department of Corrections (DOC) operates three Alternative Incarceration Programs (AIP) across the state.  The SUMMIT AIP at Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) is being eliminated. The institution will become a regional releasing facility, which will provide focused education, job training, work, and transition/reentry services to inmates preparing to release.  Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI), located in Portland, will have a new AIP. It will be a cognitive restructuring program, which is designed to treat individuals with a high need for cognitive programming. The program will work closely with the department’s Behavioral Health Services in an effort to engage individuals with mental health diagnoses who are housed at CRCI.  Interim Director Mitch Morrow says, "I want to thank everyone for their hard work in making this change. Our mission is to help inmates transition back into Oregon communities and lead successful lives; both a successful AIP at CRCI and a regional releasing facility at SCCI will help us meet our mission."  Ninety-three percent of DOC inmates will be released back into Oregon communities and part of the department’s mission is to prepare these men and women for transition. CRCI’s location provides more readily available: treatment staff, mental health and health care resources. Transitional services, including facilitation of reach-in services, will be improved because inmates will be closer to the releasing counties and inmates have access to families and faith-based community resources that improve reintegration.

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