PROGRAMS & SERVICES OVERVIEW
Belle Court Place Organization (BCPO) is a community-based organization focused on helping to restore the lives of men who are recovering from substance abuse and/or incarceration. It is a residential employment-centered program that incorporates mentoring, job training, and comprehensive transitional services for men re-entering society. This program provides men with housing and integrated health and human services which create the support network needed to make permanent lifestyle changes.
BCPO credits its extremely high success and re-integration rate to its holistic approach to meeting these men’s housing, employment assistance, health and social needs through a collaborative of agency partnerships. Some of the services provided by Belle Court Place Organization and their strategic partnerships include:
- Structured Residential Community Recovery Housing)
- Life Skills Training
- Job Skills and Retention
- Job Placement Assistance
- Social Service Resources
- Counseling Services
- Educational Resources
- Addiction Support Groups
- Financial Management Seminars
- Health, Nutrition and Wellness Seminars
- Medical Referrals
- Belle Court Place Alumni Association
- Family Reunification
- Peer Coaching and Mentoring
TREATMENT & RECOVERY PROGRAM
BCPO offers alcohol and drug recovery housing, authorized by an intervention license issued by the Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA). The recovery home’s rules, peer-led groups, staff activities, and operations will be directed toward maintenance of sobriety for persons in early recovery, who recently have completed substance abuse treatment services, or who may still be receiving treatment services at another licensed facility.
The central focus of BCPO’s recovery home is based on the recommendations within 12-step recovery programs as monitored by meeting sign-in sheets along with attendance requirements. Residents are expected to make 90 meetings in 90 days. If the resident is not yet employed or engaged in an intensive outpatient program, the resident will attend two recovery meetings a day until they find employment. Residents are also required to find a sponsor within the first month and begin working the 12-step program.
Peer groups consist of mandatory meetings formulated to provide a safe atmosphere for residents to discuss issues with peer group leaders, and customize their individual recovery support plan according to their issues and needs. Belle Court Place Organization has a history of former residents, successfully maintaining their abstinence, who participate in mentoring others through the Belle Court Place Alumni Group.
Peer coaching and mentoring involves sharing experience of addiction and recovery and is best suited to offer support services, drawing from their own personal experience and success.
LIFE SKILLS TRAINING
Belle Court Place Organization also teaches Life Skills Training through peer group and individual sessions. Because each individual’s recovery support plan is based on their specific issues and needs, their life skills training will be customized as well. In addition, by providing one-on-one peer support for their issues, the client will be trained by someone who may have had similar issues and feels secure in knowing that these skills are attainable without shame.
The curriculum used teaches life skills. Life Skills for Vocational Success (developed through a grant by Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services) was designed to address the needs of people with varying strengths and deficits. It was written to address the needs of the highest percentage of people who tend to have difficulty developing appropriate life skills, including those with a substance abuse history. This curriculum was chosen because the lessons are flexible enough to mold the information to each student’s learning ability.
Life Skills for Vocational Success curriculum includes:
- Social Skills
- Decision-Making Skills and Problem Solving
- Money Management
- Family Responsibilities
- Basic Understanding of the Law
- Telephone Skills for Employment