Program Operations

7.1. Policy. The Program is divided into Phases in order to reflect progress towards completion of the necessary educational and pro-social life skills components required of each Participant. Procedures describing how the Participants participate and the manner by which progress is measured, recorded and reported will be required.


7.2. Phases. The four Phases of the Program and the areas of focus for each Phase are listed below in Sections 7.2.1 through 7.2.4. In addition to the areas of focus described therein, each Phase will provide substance use disorder treatment, recovery , continuing support for recovery and addiction recovery maintenance.


7.2.1. Phase I. Stabilization – resolving conditions that are likely to interfere with rehabilitation needs and retention or compliance in education and treatment. Housing, food, clothing, transportation, safe living and social environments are the focus. In addition, to the extent possible, the participants will begin job skills training and job placement.


7.2.2. Phase II. Engagement – addressing disorders or conditions that cause or exacerbate criminal behavior. Anti-social thought patterns, impulsivity, family conflicts and delinquent peer affiliations, addiction and mental health disorders will be the focus of this Phase.


7.2.3. Phase III. Transition –  providing services to maintain adaptive functioning life skills that help ensure the gains that have been sustained throughout the education and treatment. Educational achievement, enhanced job skills and successful interpersonal strategies  will be the focus of this Phase


7.2.4. Phase IV. Release Readiness – Services, training and education to reinforce all of the Phases and to ensure success after completion of the Program and release from criminal court supervision.


7.3. Accountability. The Program must be fully accountable and its operations transparent to the Board, the court, the District Attorney, counsel for the defendant/participants and the general public. Procedures to ensure such accountability and transparency include but are not limited to: monthly written reports to the court and the District Attorney specifying all infractions which rise to the level of warranting a sanction (pursuant to the Sanction Matrix Ex. —), monthly participant status reports to the Board, access to the Program house, office and provider facilities to appropriate members of the public and governmental authority.


7.4. Leisure Time. It is assumed that in spite of work, educational and job training classes, treatment, community service, health and wellness activities and other Program components, there will be time during which the participants will have no commitments. The Executive Director and Case Manager will ensure that during such leisure time, the participants are engaged in pro-social or at least benign, constructive activity or no activity at all so long as rules and regulations are observed.


7.5. Transportation. During Phase I no participant will be allowed to have possession or access to any vehicle other than a bicycle except in extraordinary circumstances, approved by the Executive Director and the Executive Committee. During Phases II through IV, participants may have use of a vehicle; provided that, use may be restricted as to time, circumstances of use, range of travel and persons who may be in the vehicle. These restrictions, if any, shall be set by the Executive Director. Use of the Tulsa city bus system is encouraged. Bus tokens will be made be available to the participants at no charge whenever possible. From time to time it may be necessary for the Executive Director, House Manager, Mentors or the Case Manager to transport one or more of the participants to necessary meetings, work or appointments. Such transportation should be kept to a minimum in order to instill a sense of self sufficiency in the participants. 


7.6. Other Operational Procedures. As the Program evolves and increases in size, other procedures may have to be identified and defined. In such cases, they shall be approved by the Policies and Procedures Committee and approved by the Board.

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

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