The Riverside correctional facility houses a 22-bed program for adult females committed by a court to the custody of the Department of Corrections. The Riverside Recovery and Reentry Program provides a safe, secure and trauma-informed living and working environment where women can:
- heal from trauma and abuse
- gain insight into their subconscious patterns of behavior
- learn new skills necessary to practice and implement coping techniques
- understand, develop and implement positive aspects of self
The program’s goal is to help women who successfully complete the treatment program return to the community as whole, productive, law abiding citizens.
The Riverside facility was formerly the state’s youth correctional facility for delinquent females under the age of 18. Girls adjudicated by a court as delinquent are now served at the Five County (5C) Treatment & Youth Rehabilitation Center in St. Anthony, Idaho.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the need for trauma informed care
The original ACE Study was conducted at Kaiser Permanente in southern California from 1995 to 1997 with over 17,000 members on the company’s health insurance plan. The resulting CDC-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experience Study found correlations between higher ACE scores, which range from 0-10, and a wide range of physical and mental health problems in adulthood.
- People with an ACE score of 4 are twice as likely to be smokers and seven times more likely to be alcoholic. Having an ACE score of 4 increases the risk of emphysema or chronic bronchitis by nearly 400 percent, and suicide by 1200 percent. People with high ACE scores are more likely to be violent, have more marriages, more broken bones, more drug prescriptions, more depression and more autoimmune diseases. People with an ACE score of 6 or higher are at risk of their lifespan being shortened by 20 years.
- High ACE scores are responsible for a substantial amount of workplace absenteeism, and for increased costs in health care, emergency response, mental health care and criminal justice. Childhood adversity contributes to most of our major chronic health, mental health, economic health and social health issues.
Of the first 64 women in the Riverside Recovery & Reentry Program, 55 percent had ACE scores of 8 or higher. Nine women scored 10, the highest score possible.