Steppingstone Inc. Projects

Reentering Offenders Achieving Recovery


Steppingstone provides reentry planning combined with treatment and recovery support services to adult male and female offenders/ex-offenders exiting incarceration from Bristol County House of Correction and Barnstable County Correctional Facility through Project ROAR (Reentering Offenders Achieving Recovery).

Steppingstone also provides these same services to individuals in pre-trial status through its Bristol County Reentry Project (BCRP). Additionally, the Agency operates a Parole Reentry Navigator Program operating within the Massachusetts Region 8 Parole Office. Research indicates that alcohol and drugs are implicated in approximately 85% of all crimes.

Following incarceration, individuals with substance use disorders reentering the community are additionally challenged by lack of housing, employment, skills and adequate financial resources. Without effective support, their risk of recidivism is extremely high. In order to reduce this risk, Steppingstone offers high-quality offender reentry services based on effective evidence-based practices developed by respected institutions including George Mason University Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence and the National Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities organization. The offender reentry team begins work with inmates in the correctional setting and intensifies support and services upon reentry into the community

ROAR provides services that promote long-term recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders and reduce recidivism to crime. An Individual Service Plan is tailored around the unique needs of each participant served. Each participant is encouraged and guided in driving the goals and objectives of his or her treatment plan as he or she progresses through different stages of recovery. Services are available to men and women whowill be transitioning from BCHOC or BCSO into the community within four months.

Services will be provided in the correctional setting for up to four months and extend into the community as long as needed to achieve goals and long-term sobriety.

  • Outreach and engagement
  • Individual service planning
  • Integrated case management and supervision
  • Criminogenic risk assessment
  • Level of services inventory
  • Risk, need and responsivity assessment
  • Substance use evaluation and treatment
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Psychiatric services including medication management
  • Seeking Safety and YOURS manualized treatment
  • Integrated dual diagnosis treatment
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Assistance obtaining income and entitlements
  • Employment readiness education and referral
  • Assistance connecting to self-help programs
  • Recovery coaching services

5 Dover Street, Suite 207
New Bedford, MA 02740

Admission Criteria
  • Within 4 months of release
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Served three consecutive months
  • Returning to Fall River or New Bedford communities

Consumers have access to substance use and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorder treatment through Steppingstone’s Outpatient Clinics. Integrated Care Facilitators provide reentry planning and connect consumers to peer recovery support, housing, primary care and other services. They provide employment building activities, financial management education and assist with building living and coping skills

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