Positive Motivation, Inc. was incorporated in 1982 as a reentry program for state offenders who were releasing from Missouri institutions. While Positive Motivation Inc. has been dissolved, positive motivation is still the key to the success of the house members who reside at 1200 Rangeline.
In 2003, Reality House Programs, Inc. assumed the management of the PMI House at 1200 Rangeline. Reality House saw a need in the community for a recovery house that was different than any other in Columbia. The clientele that we serve are often difficult to place because of their history of criminal behavior and substance abuse, but they still need a safe, affordable place to live. While Positive Motivation, Inc. is no more, the house at 1200 Rangeline has always been and is currently known as the PMI House. Men must meet the two criteria for admission into PMI--homelessness and the willingness to stay clean and sober.
In the early days of RHP management, the outpatient treatment functions for the Alternative Sentencing Courts took place in the house. The men were working or looking for work during the day when programming was occurring. Some residents were also participants in one of the specialty treatment courts so living at PMI was very beneficial to their recovery. Of course, the drawback was that the entire house was not their home.
In 2010 RHP, Inc. submitted a request for Community Development Block Grant funding for the renovation of the PMI House. There were no bedrooms on the first floor and the bathroom facilities were not accessible. Because of this, any potential applicant with accessibility concerns could not reside in the PMI House. (Our main facility, at 1900 Prathersville, is fully accessible, but is more restrictive and not on the City transportation line.) The request was funded and Reality House received $60,000 to renovate the first floor. The project started in November 2012 and finished in February 2013. In addition to the accessible bedroom and bathroom, the entire first floor space was reconfigured for better utilization. Because of the construction process, the outpatient treatment was moved to office space on Vandiver. The residents of the house worked through the inconvenience and construction mess though.
While the interior modifications were much needed and the accessibility issues addressed, the parking lot posed its own set of problems. With a gravel lot and limited parking spaces, anyone with a disability could not even get into the newly renovated bedroom. The Community Development Commission graciously funded our second request of monies for paving the parking lot and re-grading the driveway to divert run-off from the foundation. The exterior project was completed in August 2013.
One resident had this to say about living at the PMI House:
“The PMI House has meant a great deal for me. It has given me an opportunity to get finances in order by giving me an affordable housing opportunity that I probably could not find anywhere else. That’s very important for those of us who are trying to put our lives back together either from incarceration or addiction or a combination of both. It also gives me a good clean and sober environment in which to reside—A safe place. All in all, it provides me an environment that is conducive for me to stay clean and be successful as I reintegrate into society. For that I am grateful.”
Another resident said the following:
“The reason I chose to live in the PMI House is because I needed a fresh start. Living here today allows me to transition into living without having to take the hard road that I would havae taken with the option of the PMI House. With the chores and the house meetings it also allows me to adapt back to a social environment which I believe is healthy.”
The changes that were made possible by the generosity of the Community Development Commission are far reaching. The facelift gave the residents a new sense of pride and in many ways truly reflect their lives—same outside, but new on the inside.
|Reality House Programs, Inc.|
|FY 14 (September 2013)|
|YTD Intakes||M||F||B||W||Other||YTD Discharges||S||U||AD||Average Daily Pop.|
|Federal Bureau of Prisons||18||16||2||4||13||1||21||18||3||0||22.9|
|Inmate Trustee Program||66||66||0||28||37||1||66||56||10||0||10.03|
|Drug Court (ASC I)||15||15||0||7||8||0||6||4||2||0||57.87|
|Mental Health Court (ASC II)||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||1||1|
|Ontrack (ASC III)||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||3||2||3||4.83|
|DWI Court (ASC IV)||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||1||0||0||18|
|Veteran's Court (ASC V)||7||6||1||0||7||0||0||0||0||0||6.67|
|Other (Self Pay Referrals)||7||4||3||3||4||0||2||0||2||0||6.27|
Report Date: October 9, 2013 Reporting Period: September 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013
Staff Urinalysis: Random multi-panel drug screens were conducted on Reality House Programs, Inc. staff by UMC Hospital Labs. Reality House Programs’ staff members were selected by UMC Hospital Labs twenty-four hours prior to testing. Reality House Programs, Inc. policy states that anyone testing positive for illegal drugs, or drugs not prescribed to them by a physician, will be immediately terminated from their employment at Reality House Programs, Inc.
|# Staff*||# Tested||# Tests||# Positive Tests||# Negative Tests|
*Does not include volunteers, interns, or other unpaid staff.
Note: No staff member tested positive for substances that were not prescribed to him/her by a physician. If they had, he/she would be immediately terminated from employment with Reality House Programs, Inc. The Reality House Programs, Inc. Board Chairperson will receive immediate notification of all positive test results.
Participant Urinalysis: Random multi-panel drug screens were conducted on Reality House Programs participants by the Reality House Programs, Inc. Executive Director. Additionally, Reality House staff collected urine samples on participants of the 13th Circuit Court’s Alternative Sentencing track. Reality House participants are required to submit their sample as soon as they are given notice of the test. Participants of Alternative Sentencing were given notice at 5 a.m., with a 1 p.m. deadline to submit their sample. All sample submissions are observed by Reality House Programs, Inc. staffs. Reality House Programs, Inc. policy states that anyone testing positive for illegal drugs or other drugs not prescribed to them by a physician will be immediately reported to their court of jurisdiction. All participants are given a urinalysis test upon entry into Reality House Programs (“Initial”). If a participant tests positive after the “Initial” test, it is listed as “New Use.” New Use totals do not include continuing positives without new use (drugs still in the system from the previous test).
Number Collected & Analyzed for Reality House:
Tests Initial + New Use+
125 1(1%) 2(2%)
Collected & Analyzed for Positive Motivation Inc.:
Tests Initial + New Use+
13 0(0%) 0(0%)
Number Collected for Alternative Sentencing Court: # Tests #+Tests
6 Maintained by the court
Totals: Reality House staff supervised/administered 144 urinalysis tests for the month. All persons who have “new use” positive tests were sanctioned by Bureau of Prisons, Missouri Probation & Parole, and/or the courts.
Participant Breathalyzer: Reality House Programs, Inc. staff supervised/administered approximately 1,725 breathalyzer tests during the month of which 1 was positive. All persons who have positive tests are sanctioned by Bureau of Prisons, Missouri Probation & Parole, and/or the courts.
Summary: For the month, approximately 1,869 breath and urine tests were collected by Reality House Programs, Inc. staff. Of the in-house tests, 4 were positive (<1%). All persons who had “New Use” positive tests were sanctioned by Bureau of Prisons, Missouri Probation & Parole, or the court.
Items of contraband recovered by Reality House Programs, Inc. staff during the month:
Cell phones and accessories, open food, cigarettes, glass bottles of perfume and cologne, fan, mirror, scissors, lighter, matches, razor blades, and magazines.
Major safety and security incidents during the month:
Inspections and Significant changes in policy and procedure related to safety and security during the month:
The United States Probation Office conducted a contract renewal monitoring, the City of Columbia Health & Human Services officer inspected the facility, and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit executed a random search of the building.
Dennis J. Winfrey