The houses are different from freestanding SLHs, such as those at CSTL, because all residents must be involved in the outpatient program.
At CSTL we recruited 245 individuals within their first week of entering the houses.
At CSTL these included improvements on employment, psychiatric symptoms, and arrests.
In a recent analysis of CSTL residents we looked at psychiatric severity as a predictor of alcohol and drug outcomes using growth curve models (Korcha et al.
CSTL was founded in 1986 by a recovering alcoholic and addict who had lost a brother to addiction and could not find affordable housing that was conducive to recovery.
CSTL embraces the Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous philosophy of recovery and requires residents to be active members in those programs.
Before entering CSTL, prospective residents must have begun a program of recovery.
CSTL offers no form of counseling but requires that residents agree to seven conditions:
be accountable for their whereabouts when off CSTL property
CSTL tests for drug and alcohol use at random in both Phase I and Phase II.
The role CSTL plays in addressing housing problems for those in the criminal justice system can also be seen in the fact that 35% of the sample indicated that jail or prison had been their usual housing situation over the past six months.
CSTL provides services to a large percentage of individuals who suffer from psychiatric symptoms.