keeping our Hearts in rhythm, one beat at a time.
Providing Continuous Education and Support regarding personal well being
Many of our Veterans have had to deal with some type of trauma
Dealing with the Effects of Trauma
The population of individuals incarcerated has an inhibiting cycle of conditioned habits resulting in inmates being unproductive upon their release. Problems facing parolees include:
1. Lack of programs with a framework for transition back into the community (housing, education, employment) resulting in realigned populations reoffending while on probation/parole.
2. Costly mental health and emergency services as a result of people are not taking personal responsibility for their own wellness which affects public safety.
3. It is estimated that 93% of returning prisoners have been previously arrested, 81% had a prior conviction, and 44 percent had a previous incarceration (Langan and Levin, 200). In fact, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) estimates that 40% of new prison admissions in 2010 were revocations from probation. California had a population of 330,000 probationers in 2010, with only about 10 percent successfully completing their probation.
One New Heartbeat (ONHB) offers a pre/post release program that targets inmates paroling within 3-36 months. The goal is to reduce recidivism by 30% among those that we serve within the next 12 months.
Program objectives are to:
1) facilitate EBP pre- and post-release
2) refer individuals to local resources 24 hours post- release providing much needed support to ensure successful re-entry into our communities.
ONHB uses a structured program that helps inmates learn to deal with their negative behavior, reduce drug use, and change their criminal thinking pattern before they are released into the community. Within three months of release, we connect offenders with external resources to help them to continue to improve their communication skills and break the prison mindset. Inmates that have participated in the program show significant gains in self-esteem and self-confidence.
Demonstration and Innovation
Our program provides a strategy that promotes a change in criminal thinking and builds the framework for prisoner’s to successfully transition back into the community. We will continue to provide ongoing evidence-based practice programming via the Wellness Recovery Action Planning workshops.
W.R.A.P.® has been the cornerstone of the program's success, 6 out of 7 participants that actively participate in theworkshops pre and post release have not reoffended in the past three years.
We are proud to have certified the first inmate behind the walls to Facilitate groups within the California State Penitentiary
 Legislative Analyst’s Office, Achieving Better Outcomes for Adult Probation (2009). http://www.lao.ca.gov/2009/crim/Probation/probation_052909.pdf.
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Peer Groups Proven to Help Veterans with Housing and Job Sustainability
by Ren Kramer
A SAMHSA conference was held for grantees and consumers of homeless housing April 23rd thru April 28th in Washington DC. As a client and receiver of a Section 8 housing voucher, I applied for and was fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend the conference. It was 3 ½ days of intense workshops involving 400 SAMHSA professionals and 36 clients. The emphasis was on client feedback on what was successful for them and what may not have worked so well. As a member of the board of directors for One New Heartbeat and being scheduled to take the WRAP facilitator course in June 2011, I was very interested in seeing how the WRAP program was viewed by the grantors and grantees for the homeless. Did the pros even know about WRAP? Had WRAP been successful? How had the pros implemented WRAP?
Being new to the WRAP program, I listened carefully to what was said and two messages came through loudly and clearly throughout the conference: 1) peer groups increased the sustainability of housing and jobs from 60% to 90% for client attendees; and 2) the WRAP program was a highly thought of way for getting wellness skills to clients. As a strong believer in the WRAP concept, I was highly energized and have made an immediate priority and developing this as an adjunct tool for veterans in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. For me, it is an easy to teach tool that will help any age group maintain their health and mental wellness. The federal government representatives (the Surgeon General’s people that I talked with, especially) felt that the WRAP program when combined with a scheduled peer group fit their two main criteria for government approval: cost effectiveness; and a strong evidence base practice success rate.
The train is at the station—let’s go for a ride!
Comments : When I saw One New Heartbeat start up and I got to be a small part of it, I saw more than just ambition. I felt the compassion and the strength that these individuals have to help others. After so many years of searching, I found something in me that I've been looking for in me. I've brought that knowledge with me to Costa Rica and it has been keeping me safe each minute that I live. Everyday that I leave my front door, I look for a better day. So I thank all of you for giving me a new life. Your all in my prayers each day and in my thoughts every minute.
Love, Joe Mendoza
Company : USMC Retired