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From it's inception, OKC Metro Alliance, Inc. has been an agency for progressive change.The OKC Metro Alliance, Inc. a non-profit corporation was founded in 1973 to administer thePublic Inebriate Alternative (PIA) in downtown Oklahoma City. Over the years OKC Metro Alliance added two residential work recovery programs known as Firstep for individuals who are in need of long term recovery services in a supportive drug and alcohol free environment. The mission of OKC Metro Alliance is toassist Oklahoman's who want to recover from substance abuse by providing long term residential work recovery and to offer alternatives to incarceration.
PIA is an OKCPolice Department program that provides an alternative to the jail and courtsystem for adults who have been detained for public intoxication but aren’t committing any other crime. At the discretion of the detaining officer, persons can be brought to PIA for a ten hour detention period, where they are fed and can "sleep it off" in a safe, clean place. After detainment, theperson is released without criminal charges, court dates or a record of arrest.This progressive program saves police time and tax dollars. Cities across the nation are beginning to replicate the PIA program in efforts to save resources and avoid overcrowding the jail system. OKCMA manages thePIA program for the OKC Police Department.
The Firstep Programs for Men (founded 1987) and Women (founded 1989) provide an opportunity for those with alcohol and chemical dependencies to become clean and sober and thus reclaim the productive lives they once had. Firstep is a long-term,residential, work-recovery program. We have no admission fees, rather, our clients work at job training sites we procure for them and the income generated by that work sustains the program. Our Women's facility has a dormitory offering fifty six (56) beds for women in recovery. The Men's facility has two dormitories with capacity for seventy (70). The men's and women’s programs are six months to two years.
Our clients attend job training five days a week, and devote evenings to the 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Referrals to the Firstep programs are received from avariety of resources such as graduates of the program, attorneys, drug and alcohol counselors, ministers, social workers, physicians, 12 step recovery groups, court systems and jail alternative programs such as Drug Courts across Oklahoma. OKCMA serves the whole state.
Over the years our focus has remained the same; helping Oklahomans recover from substance abuse by providing quality residential programs and recovery options as an alternative to incarceration. This past year OKC Metro Alliance, Inc. implemented an outcome measurement system based on the logic model to assist us in makingsure we are delivering the best services possible to the clients we serve. We have increased our case management services for clients with various grants and have added a housing program for graduates. Another proud accomplishment is our partnership with United Way to assist with Oklahoma County’s ReMerge program. ReMerge is a jail alternative program designed to help women remain clean and sober, obtain gainful employment and reunite with their children. The ReMerge women do all this while satisfying the needs of the District Attorney’s office thereby avoiding a costly court and jail system. Among our current year goals are:
-Continue to develop Community Awareness by promoting recovery.
- Increase funding for capital projects and building maintenance
- Expand our housing and case management services
It is our goal to continue to develop programs that will help Oklahomans recover from substance abuse issues and return to their community as productive citizens.
1. Volunteers for the Residential Recovery Clients at our Firstep programs. Volunteers would be helpful in the following areas:
· Life skills training for clients on topics like balancing a checkbook and managing a pay check, prepping for job interviews, light clerical work for the business offices
· Volunteers knowledgeable about 12 Step Models and able to host evening 12 Step groups at the facilities.
2. Volunteers for the OKCMA corporate office to assist with various clerical duties.
3. Volunteer handyman services or donated paint and materials to assist with the upkeep of program buildings.
We work with the Oklahoma City Police Department to bring this progressive program to the community.
The Public Inebriate Alternative program (PIA) is a jail alternative for adults who have been arrested for public intoxication but who are not committing any other crime. At the discretion of the arresting officer, persons can be brought to PIA for a ten hour detention period, where they are fed and can "sleep it off" in a safe, clean place. Because many clients were being brought to PIA on a regular basis, the Firstep Recovery Programs were developed as a next step to address alcohol and chemical dependency issues on a long-term basis.
The Firstep Recovery Programs for Men (founded in 1987) and Women (founded in 1989) provide an opportunity for those with alcohol and chemical dependencies to become clean and sober and thus reclaim the productive lives they once had. Firstep is a long-term, residential, work-recovery program. The program is unique in that we do not charge our clients, rather, the clients work at jobs we procure for them, and the income generated by that work sustains the program.
Our clients work six days a week, and devote evenings to the 12-Step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. For many of our clients, Firstep is an opportunity of last resort. Many have tried treatment programs that did not work. Many have battled addicitions for so long, they have forgotten how to live a responsible life. We offer a way up and out. Living in a structured therapeutic community, our clients relearn life skills, such as getting up every morning and going to work, being where you say you will be when you say you will be there and being responsible on the job. In addition to creating valuable work habits, clients receive individual counseling, group therapy, relapse prevention, and parenting classes through Tri-City Youth and Family Services. Also, the Meinders Foundation provides weekly math and literacy tutoring, taught by a certified teacher.
Referrals to the Firstep programs are received from a variety of resources such as graduates of the program, attorneys, drug and alcohol counselors, ministers, social workers, private physicians, twelve step recovery groups, court systems and jail alternative programs such as Drug Court which is in Fifty-nine (59) counties in Oklahoma. We serve all areas of the state of Oklahoma.
Our programs are growing rapidly as the need for more residentialprogram bed space steadily rises. Grant writing and fundraising activities are becoming very important to us as we strive to expand and to meet Oklahoma’s needs for substance abuse services. At Firstep, we get calls daily from potential clients and their loved ones requesting admission to the program. Unfortunately, we do not have the bed space to accept each and every person that calls. Many are put on a waiting list or referred toother centers in the community. We understand that this phenomenon is not unique to our program but is a growing trend across the state. Sending your gifts to a charity of your choice, donating your time, and spreading the good news about recovery are ways you can help Oklahomans solve the substance abuse problem.
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