The Matrix House Substance Abuse Program

River Region Human Services has successfully managed an in-jail substance abuse treatment program known as the Matrix House for more than 20 years. Located inside the Community Transition Center (CTC), Matrix House provides a secure in-jail treatment program specifically for clients who must serve a jail sentence, but have also been identified as having a substance abuse/dependency problem with drugs or alcohol. The Matrix House program consists of four months of treatment,  followed by 12 months of Aftercare.

The Matrix House program includes screening and education classes, therapeutic community treatment, and Aftercare services. All clients referred to the program are screened by River Region to ensure they meet program criteria and then evaluated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to confirm they meet additional criteria to be housed at a minimum security facility. The Matrix House program can serve 135 clients, (85 men and 50 women). Each client is assigned an individual counselor while receiving treatment services during the four month program to ensure individualized care. While in treatment, each client is assigned a Case Manager who assesses their specific social needs prior to their release from the program. The Case Manager partners with the client and serves as their advocate during their 12 months of Aftercare.

Who Can Make Referrals

  • Duval County Judge
  • State Attorney
  • Public Defender
  • Private Attorneys
  • Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
  • Probation Officer
  • Self Referral
  • Family and Friends

Program Requirements 

  • Must be a Duval County resident
  • Post sentencing incarcerated adult (18 years or older)
  • Substance abuse/dependence diagnosis
  • Minimum history of violent behavior/security risk/escape risk
  • No requirement for long term medical care or nursing services

Services Provided

  • Screening for Substance Abuse/Dependency issues
  • Screening for Mental Health issues
  • Educational Classes
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Psychological Educational Support Group
  • Family Educational Support Group
  • Relapse Prevention Group
  • Mental Health Group
  • 12-Step Education
  • Aftercare Groups
  • Referrals and Linkages to other services
  • Housing Assistance/Referral
  • Medical Referrals/Linkage
  • Employment Skill Building

For more information or to schedule a screening, call (904) 359-6540.

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