In-Custody Treatment:  DORS

The “Day One” concept is about the day a person decides to start making positive life changes. The Day One Recovery Services (DORS) program is an extension of RCCS’ Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment programming.  Through DORS, we work exclusively with men and women in-custody who struggle with addiction.  Our program addresses criminal thinking and chemical use to help clients live a sober life that’s free from recidivism once they return to the community.

RCCS is passionate about assisting clients not only with our core program, but also with reintegration back into their communities.

Our programming at DORS helps to assist clients with transitional planning for release.

The DORS program was developed using the “What Works” model. It incorporates cognitive-behavioral change interventions using evidenced-based practices for correctional clients. Our long-term goal and vision is to duplicate the RCCS DORS model within prison systems serving counties throughout the state of Minnesota.

Correctional Programs

Through our DORS program, we currently treat inmates at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility with more locations in development. Our clients include those inmates who have struggled to develop ongoing recovery from addiction. A criminal lifestyle is often present that doesn’t respond well to traditional, community-based treatment programs.

We specialize in serving clients who may have experienced multiple treatment attempts. Our clients tend to demonstrate an inability to maintain long-term sobriety, despite criminal justice sanctions.

If you have an interest in starting a DORS program at your facility, please contact us at 612-767-9526.

How it Works

Phase 1:  Getting Started

  • 6-10 Weeks while in custody
  • Referral from Corrections Officer
  • Groups meet 4 days per week for 4 hours
  • Clients receive weekly individual sessions with a counselor

Phase 2:  Community Care

  • 16 Weeks
  • Groups meet 2-3 times per week in the evenings at RCCS community locations
  • Client is living the community during this phase

Other Options

If the clients’ treatment stay is not long enough to complete Phase 1 at RCCS, they may be eligible to transition to outpatient programming at one of our community facilities. This option may include housing solutions / assistance.


What is the RCCS In-Custody Program?

RCCS provides addiction and mental health services exclusively for those who struggle with a history of criminal behavior. RCCS is a licensed treatment provider— accredited through Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)—and is a leader in treating criminogenic thinking. We’ve cultivated a team of talented, dedicated assessors and providers who collaborate directly with correction officers to assist individuals as they transition to life beyond their convictions. Our newest treatment location, started in 2017, is housed inside the Ramsey County Correctional Facility (RCCF). We complete chemical health assessments and provide low intensity treatment services while clients are serving their time. We can customize programming offerings to fit your needs.

What Does the On-Site Treatment Services Cost?

As a licensed treatment provider, RCCS is reimbursed by insurance plans and CCDTF, which means we can provide in-custody treatment programming at no-cost to your correctional facility.

What is the RCCS Treatment Strategy?

RCCS uses Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), a cognitive behavioral approach, that seeks to decrease relapse and recidivism. MRT aims to change thought processes and decision-making associated with addiction and criminal behavior by teaching individuals how to redirect old behaviors and habits with new healthier choices.

What Support Does RCCS Provide After Release?

RCCS is passionate about assisting clients with on-site programming, and reintegration back into the community. Our accessors and providers help clients with transitional planning. Upon release, our clinical team may recommend continued treatment services in the community, depending upon the needs of the individual. RCCS out- patient treatment could be one option for your clients, and we conduct a comprehensive audit of each client’s admissions paperwork to determine if RCCS is the best fit. The structure of our programs, which are Medication-Assisted Treatment-friendly, best serve clients who need:
• a safe, sober living space
• a structured supportive environment
• additional support with ancillary community integration

Tell Me About the Out-Patient Facilities Operated by RCCS

There is one women’s program in Minneapolis and two men’s programs—one in Minneapolis and the other in Saint Paul. All three outpatient facilities follow the same model. Clients can enter our treatment at high, medium, and low intensity levels.

High: Clinical treatment services are Monday- Friday 8:10AM-4:30PM for 8-12 weeks, based on client progress

Medium: Clinical treatment services are Monday – Thursday 8:10AM-12PM or Monday – Thursday 5PM-9PM for 8 – 12 weeks, based on client progress

Low: Clinical treatment services at 1-8 hours per week based solely on the client’s needs

DORS and all other in-custody programs were disrupted during COVID.
But DORS is back and providing innovative solutions!

County Corrections Officer