Programs & Services

Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Hands in a circle.

Renewal Treatment, Inc. (RTI) provides comprehensive forensic substance abuse and mental health treatment services to adult men and women in the criminal justice system. These services are based on a cognitive behavioral approach in which offenders are taught to identify and recognize thoughts and feelings that lead to criminal and high risk behaviors. Once the criminal thought patterns are identified, offenders are taught to restructure anti-social thought patterns and direct their behavior towards a pro-social lifestyle.

Services include: Evaluation and assessment, education, treatment, continuing care, aftercare and referral. In order to provide clients with the most comprehensive services possible, RTI maintains a working relationship with service providers from other agencies and disciplines (such as mental health) throughout the surrounding area.

Counsel group session.

RTI utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach endorsed by the National Institute of Corrections and the International Community Corrections Association. This approach recognizes that the combination of addiction and criminality creates a unique pathology that requires specific programming. Criminal thinking distortions such as cognitive indolence, power orientation, and mollification, etc., must be examined and resolved by the individual to produce a successful treatment outcome. We believe that addiction and criminality need to be addressed simultaneously through a cognitive/behavioral approach that addresses both criminal thinking and substance abuse. In addition, RTI promotes pro-social supports such as attendance at 12-Step meetings, mentoring programs and other spiritual programs.

Our philosophy integrates three underlying principles:

     Individuals are responsible for their behavior
     Individuals are able to change their thinking (beliefs)
     By changing thinking (beliefs), behaviors will change

RTI was designed for individuals who have histories of addiction, mental health and have been or are currently in the criminal justice system. It utilizes specific approaches that are designed to teach offenders how to avoid relapse and recidivism through the understanding of criminal thinking distortions and addictive behavior. Outpatient services focus on assessment, group therapy (MET/CBT), and individual counseling.

Family Strengthening Services and Parenting Classes

Family laying together looking up smiling.

Incarcerated mothers and recently released women participate in a twelve-week parenting curriculum. The first few weeks help the women identify and address the emotional antecedents of their criminal and substance-abusing behaviors. The balance of the curriculum helps them focus on parenting and family strengthening. The final two weeks are devoted to basic child development issues and child care.

Mothers who are graduates of the Family Strengthening and Parenting classes are then provided with family case management services in the realm of family strengthening and reunification issues. Lydia's Place, Inc., an affiliate of Renewal, Inc., provides these services as needed to each mother as she works to reunify with her children and seek alternative care for them. Our staff also helps mothers determine whether they are able to parent effectively, reunite with their children when possible, and develop a permanency plan for their children.


Gaining Employment Through Planning Advocacy Initiative & Dedication

GETPAID, a Renewal Inc. Company, offers a job training program for offenders reentering the workplace. It provides pre-employment and employment readiness training to those in the criminal justice system. This program integrates successful elements of current employment readiness programming with contemporary best practices in employment reentry services.

Clients of the program are selected to participate on job squads. Each job squad has a job site supervisor who will work on site with the squad and evaluate the team on a daily basis. The Team Captain serves as a liaison with the employer and supervises the squad leaders. The Team Captain collects and maintains relevant date and oversees the payroll for the GETPAID Program.

Clients who successfully complete the program will receive ongoing coaching and support in their permanent employment placement with follow-up for at least one year.

Post Release Intensive Case Management and Referral Services

Through Lydia's Place, Inc., individualized case management is offered in order to help recently released women overcome obstacles to a crime-free life. Case managers provide counseling and referrals for housing, job placement, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, training and transportation.

Strengthening Mother-Child Relationships Mother’s Voice Program

Mother Smiling as she holds her baby.

Mother's Voice is a special project that connects mothers with their children. Through a group of dedicated Lydia's Place, Inc. volunteers, incarcerated mothers record story books for their children. The recordings are then transferred to CD's or videos and the book and CD/Video are sent to the child twice monthly. In many cases, this is the only interaction an incarcerated woman has with her child or children.

Work Release

Renewal, Inc.'s Work Release Program has been recognized by professionals within the criminal justice community as a model for work release programs. In the mid-90's, Renewal developed a fully-computerized resident management system designed to manage its population, and track residents' movements and progress.

To be eligible for Renewal's work release services, offenders must be referred to Renewal through the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Probation Office, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, the Pennsylvania Department of Parole or the Allegheny County Jail. Offenders must be willing to adhere to Renewal's program requirements. Once an offender is released to the Renewal, they receive an orientation, along with a comprehensive Resident Guide Book, that outlines the rules and responsibilities of the resident. Each resident is assigned to a Case Manager who will assist the resident with achieving the goal of successful reintegration into society.

During the time that a resident is housed at Renewal, they are given opportunities to address mental health and/or drug and alcohol concerns, attend life skills classes and seek job search assistance. Additionally, the residents may work with the Employment and Outreach facilitators, who provide support and resources, to obtain employment while they reside at Renewal. Residents live in dormitory style rooms. There are lounge areas with TV access. The facilities are equipped with recreation areas and full service cafeterias in each building. All facilities are handicap accessible.

Intake Department Procedures:

Upon admission to the Renewal Center, each resident will meet with a member of the Intake Department. Intake staff will complete an assessment interview and explain policies and procedures, as well as, program expectations and resident responsibilities. Each resident will be able to call a family member/friend and request their belongings be delivered to the center. Every new resident is restricted to a black-out period. The black-out period can vary for each resident. However, it is at least a period of 7 (seven) days.

Residents are permitted to have visitors at the center during specified times, after completing a black-out period. During the black out period, the resident is not permitted community access. During that time, the resident will be orientated to the Renewal Center and required to attend Life Skills and Job Readiness classes. Visitation requests must be submitted by residents to their case manager one (1) week in advance to allow for a review and verification. Once the visitor list is approved, the case manager will inform the resident.

Residents are not permitted to have more than three (3) visitors per visit, including children.

Guidelines for Visits:

     Children and youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
     All visitors must provide photo identification.
     Visitors cannot be on any type of probation or parole.
     Visitors with open criminal cases are not permitted to visit the center.
     All visitors will be searched.
     No cell phones or contraband of any kind will be permitted into the center.
     All visitors are expected to conduct themselves in a proper manner at all times during visitation.
     Appropriate clothing is to be worn.
     Inappropriate sexual contact is not permitted.
     Violation of any guidelines will result in a revocation of visiting privileges.

    Visiting times are as follows:

    339 Blvd of the Allies:

     County Residents: Saturday or Sunday 9:30 am - 10:30 am
     State Residents: Saturday or Sunday 9:30 am - 10:30 am
     Federal Residents:   By appointment

    704 Second Ave:

     County residents: Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 am
     State residents:
          2nd floor:  Saturday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm or Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
          3rd floor:  Sunday 9:00 am - 10:00 am
          5th floor:  Sunday 10:30 am - 11:30 am
     PVC:   Sunday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
     Federal:   Sunday 9:00 am - 10:00 am
     Female Inpatient program: Saturday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
     Male Inpatient program: Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Drop Off Procedures:

    Residents are permitted to have one emergency drop off of personal items their first week at the program. This drop off can be at any time during their first week. After the initial drop off, residents must have belongings dropped off at designated times. All persons dropping items off must be on a list created by the resident and approved by staff. The times are as follows:

      339 Blvd of the Allies:

      Friday:  8:00 am - 11:00 am
           3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
      Saturday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
      Sunday:  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

      704 Second Ave:

      2nd floor:  Tuesday:  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      3rd floor:  Friday & Saturday:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
      4th floor:  Monday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
      5th floor:  Tuesday:   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      6th floor:  Wednesday:  8:00 am - 10:00 am & 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      8th floor:  Wednesday:  8:00 am - 10:00 am & 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

      Residents are permitted to have the following clothing items during their stay at Renewal:

       7 shirts
       7 pants
       7 underpants
       7 undershirts
       7 pairs of socks
       2 pairs of shoes
       1 pair of shower shoes
       1 bathrobe
       1 jacket or coat

      All residents are responsible for supplying their own hygiene products. Residents are permitted to have the following items during their stay at the Renewal Center:

       1 towel
       1 washcloth
       1 non-alcohol shampoo
       1 non-alcohol conditioner
       1 toothpaste
       1 toothbrush
       1 non-alcohol mouthwash
       1 deodorant
       1 bar soap/1 bottle body soap

      In addition, female residents are permitted to possess 3 (three) bras, 1 (one) electric handheld hair dryer, 1 (one) curling iron/hair straightener.

      The following items are NOT permitted in the center:

       Aerosol cans
       Nail polish/nail polish remover
       Car keys
       Incense or oils
       More than $100 cash on your person
       Cell phones (with the exception of state residents)

      State residents are permitted to have one cell phone dropped off. Please see guidelines under the “Cell Phone Policy” below.

      Cell Phone Policy:

      Only State (Department of Corrections) residents are permitted to have a cell phone. The cell phone cannot have a camera. This cell phone must be checked in by security each time the resident enters the center. The serial number on the cell phone must match each time the resident enters the Renewal Center.

      No county or federal residents are permitted to possess or use a cell phone while at Renewal.

      Phone Procedures:

      Each floor at Renewal has pay phones available for residents to use during their stay at the Renewal Center.