Livengrin MRT Program: Helping Those with Legal Problems

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It is believed that nearly 80% of all criminal activity is related directly or indirectly to negative behaviors resulting from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and/or a co-occurring mental health disorder.  Livengrin has created a special program using a process called MRT,  to help those patients with legal issues and SUD.

Moral Reconation Therapy – commonly known as MRT – is a cognitive behavioral therapeutic approach for criminal offenders.  The goal of MRT is to enhance moral reasoning and reduce recidivism. Research studies have shown that MRT lowers levels of recidivism and improved treatment retention.

The Bucks County Drug Court Program helps non-violent offenders avoid jail time. Because of the severity of the epidemic, the county has designed some innovative strategies to get people into treatment.

According to Mike Banach, the Livengrin program manager for MRT, “Our program specializes in helping patients understand the consequences of their actions, help them maintain sobriety, and develop new skills to prevent relapse.   It’s really a team effort to try to get people help and keep them out of jail.”  Livengrin and other qualified providers meet weekly with county court and law enforcement officials to review cases to see who they can help while making sure public safety remains first.  Said Banach, “it’s a last straw for some of these clients and great to see some of them turn it around and get sober.”

MRT consists of participants completing written assignments as homework and presenting it to the group process.

Patients appropriate for MRT include:

  • Pattern of conduct/behavior
  • Pattern of criminal behavior that is not drug-related
  • Victim language
  • Minimizing consequences
  • Lack of remorse for behaviors
  • Manipulation
  • Antisocial traits

Livengrin is currently offering MRT at the Oxford Valley location in Langhorne.  The program consists of group psycho-therapy once a week, along with individual sessions that are scheduled in conjunction with the clinical team. The main goal of this problem is two-fold: maintain sobriety and make positive cognitive-behavioral changes. Throughout the course of treatment, Livengrin maintains contact with the referral source, the appropriate legal authorities and family members to help support the journey of recovery and mitigate their legal issues.

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