Project Description

This residential treatment center began its organizational existence as a prison reentry project but quickly evolved into a program designed to treat addictions and behaviors ranging from substance abuse to compulsive gambling. Under the leadership of its social worker-founder, Harriet Rosetto, Beit T’Shuvah (BTS) addresses these complex disorders in a systemic and holistic way. As both a treatment program and a community, BTS represents an environment designed to engage program participants, staff and outside supporters in a collaborative effort.

Through its innovative approach to treatment, BTS strives to help individuals “change their story,” shaping both the emotional knowledge and intellectual insight that together can guide transformation. In this way, it shares multiple similarities – and an ongoing professional collaboration – with Homeboy Industries. Also similar to HBI, although long recognized as a successful treatment program, BTS has never undergone a scientific evaluation. In 2015, BTS and the Resnick Foundation generously funded the first two years of a longitudinal evaluation to investigate how BTS is truly successful, with whom and why.

This evaluation effort will provide practitioners, thought partners, policymakers and researchers with valid, reliable, and timely information on the philosophy and strategies used by BTS in its efforts to provide wrap-around services and community support to the individuals whose lives it seeks to heal.