Building on the successes of the San Juan County DWI Center, the Mission of the San Juan County Axis Program is to increase recovery potential for female substance abusing offenders within the San Juan County criminal justice system and to impact the community at large in a positive manner by providing best practices treatment in the field of substance abuse to clients of the Axis Program; to provide for the safety and security of incarcerated inmates by maintaining care, custody and control; and to provide follow-up support, accountability, and advocacy for families and clients who have completed the incarceration and treatment program components.
The Axis Program accepts female substance-abusing offenders convicted within the San Juan County court system. The jail-based substance addiction treatment program combines clear punitive consequences with evidenced-based treatment strategies and case-managed aftercare to support clients' sobriety and recovery. The program objectives are clear: maintain a safe and secure environment, provide the "tools" necessary for addiction recovery, motivate the client toward behavior change, and appropriately support clients' navigation through the aftercare process.
Axis provides 60 days of gender appropriate inpatient substance abuse treatment preceded and followed by intensive case management. The treatment strategy, sensitive to the engagement level and ability of the clients, includes individual and group therapy, life skills, substance abuse and health education, and 12-Step programs. Additionally, community agencies such as SANE, FCC, ad Domestic Violence Court voluntarily present information during treatment intended to assist and support clients upon their return to the community. Four Corners Human Resources provide extensive assistance with resume construction and interviewing skills. The Program utilizes the Community Reinforcement Approach in helping clients identify individualized strategies to avoid alcohol and drug abuse within the context of Motivational Interviewing.
Nexus, a 10-day transitional program, is designed to assist clients who successfully complete the secure inpatient phase by smoothing the transition from residential treatment to intensive outpatient treatment. Transition services include activities designed to help clients to work, to secure and maintain a residence, to maintain health, to assume family responsibilities, to be involved in prosocial activities, and to be productive members of society. Nexus is comprised of a transitional coordinator and two peer mentors.
Following the 10-day transitional program, clients complete sixteen weeks of Intensive Outpatient Programming based on the Matrix Model followed by a minimum of nine months of aftercare. With the exception of case management, Presbyterian Medical Services provides these services.
State and local service agencies have created a collaborative strategy that leverages multi-agency resources for pre-admission screening and continuing care / follow-up. Collaborating entities include various departments within San Juan County, Totah Behavioral Health Authority, Presbyterian Medical Services, San Juan Safe Communities Initiative, CYFD, Drug Court, Adult Probation, Farmington Municipal Court Services, Misdemeanor Compliance, and Pre-trial Services.