Goals, Objectives and Strategies

3.1  Policy   The Program shall at all times have clearly expressed goals, objectives, and strategies approved by the Board and which are understood by all officers,  board members, employees, treatment providers and funders so that the Program remains focused on evidence-based processes. These goals, objectives and strategies shall serve as the underlying principles which support all components of the Program. They can only be modified by the well-considered action of the Board of Directors.  All Program policies shall be written and implemented in order to further these goals and objectives. All Program procedures shall be written and implemented in order to facilitate strategies.


3.2 Goals and Objectives The 1st Step Program will help participants achieve five fundamental goals by the end of 18 months in the program.  A participant’s achievement of each goal will be measured by his meeting objectives for the goal.  For each objective, strategies describe the clear expectations for the participant and the program that will be performed by staff and service contractors.


3.2.1  Goal #1: Non-violent male offenders 18 to 25 years old at the time of his last crime will adopt pro-social behaviors and reduce risk of recidivism after completing an 18 month intensive residential, life changing alternative to incarceration, subject to court and, if necessary, District Attorney approval.


Objective 1.1 Reduce risk of subsequent criminal behavior

Strategy 1.1.1 Complete a multi-modal assessment of risk, recidivism, criminogenic needs and responsiveness. 

Strategy 1.1.2 Engage in a comprehensive and individualized case managed recovery program to address the participant’s recidivism risk level, needs and responsiveness to the program.

Strategy 1.1.3 Complete a structured evidence based program of social learning through setting clear behavioral expectations, monitoring performance, and rewarding pro-social behavior.


Objective 1.2 Demonstrate obedience to the court rulings, follow program rules, and provide purposeful community service.

Strategy 1.2.1 Expect pro-social attitudes and behavior in obeying court orders.

Strategy 1.2.2 Expect to make reparations as an opportunity for practicing pro-social attitudes, respect for authority and for others, and developing pro-social habits.


3.2.2 Goal #2: At the end of 18 months, 1st Step participants will have replaced criminogenic attitudes, behaviors, and associations with pro-social attitudes, motivation and habits.

Objective 2.1 Seek counsel from trusted mentors and advisors for making life decisions.

Strategy 2.1.1 Expect to have regular meetings with an assigned, experienced mentor.

Strategy 2.1.2 Expect to regularly engage with a 12 step sponsor to work on a personal addiction recovery program as needed.


Objective 2.2 Expect to engage in mutually supportive positive friendships and social circle.

Strategy 2.2.1 Expect to have face to face and written or phone based social interactions with friends who are in recovery or other pro-social activities.

Strategy 2.2.2 Expect to have contact, house visits, and phone-based interactions with friends, family members or associates who are NOT involved with addictive or criminal behavior.

Strategy 2.2.3 Expect to engage in community-building talk and actions during house meetings, interactions with house mates, and when completing house chores.

Strategy 2.2.4 Expect to cope effectively with the intrusion of friends and associates who are continuing addictive or criminal behavior.


Objective 2.3 Perform the roles of a loving and reliable son, partner, husband, father, brother and friend.

Strategy 2.3.1 Expect family and friend interactions participating in family and social events, and spending leisure time with friends and family in pro-social activity.

Strategy 2.3.2 Expect actively engagement in Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) counseling sessions and behavioral approaches to developing and nurturing family, work, and social relationships.

Strategy 2.3.3 Expect to perform 12 step work on resentments, relationships, forgiveness, making amends and continuing to build peaceful and loving relationships.

Strategy 2.3.4 Expect to engage in anger management, parenting, and domestic violence training programs as appropriate.


Objective 2.4. Develop the habit of reflection on actions, taking responsibility for actions, repairing harm done to others, and willingness to change to pro-social behavior.

Strategy 2.4.1 Expect to actively engage in counseling sessions to explore thoughts, feelings, and habits associated with ineffective coping behavior.

Strategy 2.4.2 Expect to express self-awareness of the role toxic stress, substance use disorder, and uncontrolled emotional reactions play in motivating anti-social or criminogenic behavior.

Strategy 2.4.3 Expect to use effective coping strategies at times of stress including pausing, self-assessment, taking responsibility, apology, and making amends.


Objective 2.5 Live in and contribute to a safe, peaceful and growth promoting household and community.

Strategy 2.5.1 Expect participants to spontaneously assume the role of “peace maker.”

Strategy 2.5.2 Expect participants to voluntary perform service in the 1st Step sober house community.

Strategy 2.5.3 Expect participants to provide community service as a mentor, family member, parent, or community citizen in helping others.


3.2.3 Goal #3: Continuously and actively participate in a life-long program of health and recovery from substance use disorder, toxic stress, and/or concurrent mental illness.


Objective 3.1 Demonstrate pro health habits.

Strategy 3.1.1 Expect participants to choose a healthy diet, buying food for and preparing nutritious meals.

Strategy 3.1.2 Expect participants to perform regular healthy physical activity.

Strategy 3.1.3 Expect participants to adopt a health promoting schedule of sleep and relaxation.

Strategy 3.1.4 Expect participants to develop their minds and strengthen their values for life through reading, movies, conversation, sporting events, music, art and other creative activity.


Objective 3.2 Achieve optimal physical and mental health.

Strategy 3.2.1 Expect participants to obtain and follow physician advice for medical problems.

Strategy 3.2.2 Expect participants to obtain and follow behavioral health professional advice and treatment for mental health problems.


Objective 3.3 Demonstrate recovery from addictive thinking, attitudes, and behavior.

Strategy 3.3.1 Expect participants to achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from use of addictive substances or behaviors including tobacco in any form.

Strategy 3.3.2 Expect participants to work with 12 step sponsor or spiritual advisor who guides the participant in moral development through faith and hope, self-assessment, admitting and forgiving errors, and making amends.

Strategy 3.3.3 Expect participants to have negative random urine screens for substances, or if urine screens are positive, take appropriate addiction treatment actions.

Strategy 3.3.4 Expect participants receiving medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder to rigorously follow the treating physician’s directions.

3.2.4 Goal #4: Hold a steady job, perform well at work, strive to progress in an occupation or career, and manage personal finances.


Objective 4.1 Complete or be engaged in training and education for a career, trade, or profession.

Strategy 4.1.1 Expect each participant to study for a GED if he has not graduated from high school.

Strategy 4.1.2 Expect participants to pursue college or other post high school career or trade training. 


Objective 4.2 Achieve a high levels of work performance.

Strategy 4.2.1 Expect participants to engage in job counseling and regularly fulfill job assignments.

Strategy 4.2.2 Expect participants to perform their job effectively, receive promotion in job responsibilities and increase in benefits and pay as they are earned.


3.2.5 Goal #5: Develop life skills for a healthy, productive and joyous life.


Objective 5.1 Demonstrate financial self-sufficiency, responsibility and generosity.

Strategy 5.1.1 Expect participants to engage in financial counseling in order to develop financial responsibility for receiving pay checks, opening a bank account, developing a saving plan, using a bank debit or ATM card, paying bills on time and systematically following a debt reduction plan.

Strategy 5.1.2 Expect participants to develop effective communication skills for expressing discontent or discomfort, confronting others, avoiding provocation, and respectfully expressing an opposing opinion.

Strategy 5.1.3 Expect participants to demonstrate self-control and effective coping with frustration and confrontation without emotional outbursts of anger and hostility.


Objective 5.2 Demonstrate enjoyment participating in pro-social leisure activities.

Strategy 5.2.1 Expect participants to engage in leisure sporting or outdoor activities.

Strategy 5.2.2 Expect participants to engage in creative, soul-nurturing leisure activities.

Strategy 5.2.3 Expect participants, as appropriate, to engage in parenting or child mentoring leisure activities.


Objective 5.3 Provide service and support to others.

Strategy 5.3.1 Expect participants to perform spontaneous acts of kindness, tolerance, generosity, and service to others.

Strategy 5.3.2 Expect participants to give back to others in recovery and programs to reduce recidivism.

Strategy 5.3.3 Expect participants to provide community service.


3.4 Purpose of the Program Components. Each of the specific Program components, which are described hereafter, are designed and operated in order to implement the strategies and thereby help each participant achieve the goals and objectives.

Over 13,000 people are incarcerated in Oklahoma for non-violent crimes.

The 1st Step Male Diversion Program will save Oklahoma taxpayers money by helping men beat their addiction problems and reducing recidivism. It will preserve families, reduce prison populations and return productive young men to our community. Support us with a generous donation to help save young men’s lives

First Step Male Diversion Program
321 S. Frankfort Ave., Tulsa, OK  74120