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Crosspoint celebrates its 54th Anniversary

Keynote Speaker: Honorable Bexar County Criminal District Attorney Nicholas "Nico" LaHood
Annual Message - 2016 - Restoration is Smart Justice

The Crosspoint Board of Directors and members of the Operations Leadership Team pronounced “Restoration is Smart Justice” as the organizational theme for 2016. By “Smart Justice” we mean applying solutions focused on the connections of crime to mental health and addiction issues. This theme sets the stage for sharing with community leaders, funders and our fellow citizens what we learned during 2015, which we had declared “The Year of Diversion”. During the past year, we were able to increase the number of individuals to whom we provided services that had been diverted from incarceration at Central Magistrate and by the Esperanza Court. We then embarked on the construction of a 12,000 square foot unit to house a new 35-bed residential behavioral health diversion program. Construction is nearing completion thanks to generous contributions from the Valero and Greehey Family Foundations and by numerous contractors that reduced their charges for labor and materials. The Kronkosky Foundation has been the first to step up with a sizeable donation for operations once construction is complete.

The Behavioral Health Diversion Program will use Crosspoint’s proven model of success in treating nonviolent offenders who have substance use disorders and/or low severity mental health disorders. This will be an effective, cost-efficient approach to residential treatment services aimed at diverting individuals who would otherwise be denied bond and remain incarcerated because their untreated behavioral health issues make it unlikely they will return to court. The availability of community-based residential care in lieu of jail time has the potential to substantially reduce recidivism and the costs associated with incarceration while increasing public safety and supporting individual recovery. Based upon Crosspoint’s experience with this population, it is estimated that this treatment approach will yield a 50% reduction in three-year recidivism and ensure that participants stand a much greater chance of employment and post-release stable housing.

The program expansion of 2016 has served as a catalyst for broadening our efforts to ensure that clients had a wider range of activities that serve to bolster restoration of citizenship. These activities include faith-based support services (e.g., weekly church services, bible studies, musical and inspirational events), community service projects, family events, award ceremonies, public recognition and educational opportunities. In partnership with Goodwill (vocational training) and Each One Teach One (literacy classes), eight classes of Crosspoint residents have graduated from high demand construction trades training. Crosspoint also hosted the first-ever commencement ceremony for Esperanza Court graduates. These activities provide a foundation of social justice and human dignity required for clients to see themselves as productive community members and to feel accepted by fellow citizens.

Crosspoint continues to welcome visitors and guests at every opportunity so that community members recognize that most of our clients are investing a great deal of effort to gain acceptance and can see how citizen engagement can improve our local system of justice. The compassion and commitment of our Board Members serve as a model of what can be done when community members experience how we can overcome the challenges of personal restoration when we wield the power of hope.