TRI is an approved treatment provider of the Department of Corrections, contracted to provide mental health and substance abuse counseling. TRI is also contracted through Health First Colorado to provide mental and behavioral health support to all medicaid holders. In addition to supporting our returning citizens, we work with Longmont Probation to provide diversionary programming to all individuals involved in the criminal justice system.
In 2023 our Wellness Center, based in Longmont, Colorado, expanded to include holistic wellness practices. Services that have not historically been covered by insurance under behavioral health – such as yoga, cathartic dance, gardening, nutrition education, music therapy and song circles, spiritual care, access to a full-service gym membership, acupuncture and reiki – have been made available to individuals that have very few resources, struggle with imposed societal stigma, and very little choice with regard to their path of healing. Economic class plays a formidable role in how successful a human’s healing journey is – healing from trauma and the depression, anxiety, and addiction that manifest as a result. Those with abundant resources can choose between an array of traditional and complementary modalities, increasing their probability of finding a modality that truly works for them, while those with constricted financial resources and systemic stigma (which describes the justice-involved clients we work with) are relegated to a limited set of standardized therapies – which are not effective for every client, and often do not incorporate the latest research due to a number of factors including the lag between research and insurance coverage, an overburdened behavioral health care system and provider burnout.
Research on trauma-informed and trauma-responsive care emphasizes the importance of choice in healing from trauma. We have seen, through the implementation of our expanded wellness program, that justice-involved individuals who are treated with dignity and respect – including the dignity of choosing modalities that meet their individual needs – respond with respect, increased interest and engagement, a more creative and flexible approach to their recovery, increased curiosity, an increased sense of optimism and possibility in their mindset, increased interest in being of service, and increased willingness to exercise their potential even when it means leaving their comfort zone.