Gateway Foundation has understood and addressed the connection between criminal activity
and substance abuse since it began providing services in 1968.
Over the past 40 years, Gateway Foundation, Inc. has become one of the
largest and most trusted providers of substance abuse and co-occurring
treatment services in the United States. Gateway is a private,
not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of Illinois.
Gateway specifically targets under-served populations in the areas we serve,
including the incarcerated, both adult and adolescent.
On June 28, 1968, the name Gateway Houses Foundation was officially
entered with the Cook County Recorder's Office.
The name was changed to Gateway Foundation in 1983 to better reflect
the expanded array of services offered.
Today, Gateway is a recognized leader in the field,
serving over 53,000 clients in five states in FY 2006 and FY2007 combined.
Twenty-five percent (25%) of these clients were women and 60% were minorities.
Today, Gateway has well over 900 employees and
over $60 million in annual business volume.
Many of the clients Gateway serves in our therapeutic community treatment
model programs are involved in the criminal justice system.
For example, current contracts include funding from the United States
District Courts to provide random urinalyses and a range of
community-based treatment and education services for federal probationers
and parolees in Illinois and Missouri.
We also provide residential and outpatient substance abuse services for
probationers and parolees in Dallas, TX and in most of our Illinois
residential and outpatient programs.
the State of Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council
released a new outcome study
showing reduced recidivism rates
for inmates completing in-prison treatment,
transitional residential care and outpatient aftercare.
The survey showed a recidivism rate of
5% after two years compared with
a national average of 52%.
Gateway was the treatment provider
for 75% of the sample research group.
Gateway is the leading provider of
therapeutic community based treatment
in correctional institutions.
Funding is provided by the
Departments of Correction in
Illinois, Indiana, Missouri
and New Jersey as well
as the Texas Department
of Criminal Justice
and Virginia Department
of Juvenile Justice.
Gateway has been a pioneer in
establishing programs for men,
women, adolescents and
special needs dual-diagnosis clients.
At any one time,
Gateway has more than 8,000 offenders
in our corrections-based programs.
Gateway Reduces Recidivism in Texas:
A recent study of 7,869 Texas inmates demonstrated
the effectiveness of Gateway's treatment model
in helping to reduce recidivism.
The State of Texas recognized
the significance of Gateway's contribution this year
and renewed Gateway's contracts for
all five Gateway prison-based treatment programs.
Gateway also won the bids to run
two additional treatment programs in Texas.
recounted in the Criminal Justice Policy Council
Biennial Report to the Governor
and Texas Legislature,
tracked inmates for two years after release
from the in-prison treatment programs.
The results were overwhelmingly positive.
The inmates who completed treatment
showed a 5% recidivism rate,
as opposed to the national recidivism
rate of 52%.
This massive drop in recidivism represents
a huge potential savings
in public funds.
For each former inmate who
successfully completes treatment
and stays out of prison,
the community saves $35,000
in incarceration costs
and gains a new,
While the findings support the effectiveness
of substance abuse treatment
in reducing recidivism,
the study is a particular endorsement
of Gateway's treatment model.
More than 80% of the inmates
studied participated in Gateway programs
in Texas Substance Abuse
Felony Punishment Facilities
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY:
Many former inmates of these SAFPF AND IPPC Programs
run by Gateway and TDCJ are
reporting abuse emotionally, psychologically
and physically by Gateway.
There are illegal counseling practices,
ethics violations, and illegal abuse
going on in these programs,
clinical notes and evaluations being
falsified on inmates by Gateway
and its counselors, etc
and an illegal open consent
being signed by all inmates that
allows all medical records, MH records,
psychological records while at these programs
and on parole to go to
any prosecuting attorney in Texas, etc,
law enforcement, TDCJ, etc and anyone,
the Governor designates or therefore
any State or Government employee and
they then are allowed via this open consent
to give to unknown third parties consent
to all the aforementioned information.
This breaks all known confidentiality and
privacy rules of clinical therapy, medical records,
and psychotherapy as well and counseling!
Anything these inmates say in counseling,
to a psychiatrist, social worker,
abortions or HIV reported to medical
authorities or psychologists, etc or counselors are
then accessed via this open release form.
This breaks federal laws as well as any
privacy and confidentiality as it is totally
accessed by the aforementioned.
ACLU should be stomping about this!
The Abuses reported to myself and others at
these SAFPF Programs and IPPC
by Gateway via TDCJ are making inmates
getting on all fours and barking like dogs,
dressing inmates in diapers and
crying like a baby,
walking on all fours,
and having whole groups of inmates
even with broken backs and
medical problems sit motionless
with no speaking, no nothing
for 10 to 16 hours per day
every day for at least the past
2 to 3 weeks at Ellen Halbert,
feet flat on the floor facing a wall.
This is not counseling or
any recognized clinical practice.
It is abuse pure out and
out by Gateway and its counselors
and being covered up via Gateway and TDCJ.
The Texas Dept of Health will do nothing
as they are in bed with Gateway
and also contract with them.
The Board of Counselor Licensing at
the Board of Health sends counselors
and programs complaints to TDCJ who
then give such for investigation to
the Gateway Programs at the
SAFPF programs-IPPC programs at TDCJ.
Thus the Gateway Directors and personnel cover-up
such abuses and illegal counseling practices and
then the Board of Health rubber stamps
such as they refuse to investigate
over 1,300 complaints against TDCJ
and these programs alone in the last two years!
Dr Sanchez and Dr Kramer refuse to talk to people
about any of this or do a thing!
Gateway and TDCJ regarding treatment in these programs
treat further families with no respect.
They are refused written program descriptions,
written program and evaluations and
as well anything about the programs.
They are refused to talk to Counselors,
Admin. Of Gateways, etc
about questions or concerns about Inmates.
In fact there is a general attitude
by Mr. Gerriarity in Houston of Gateway
that he will tell families, etc
that these inmates lies and
how do you know if that is the truth?
This is the attitude of such
so-called Gateway counselors and highest administrators.
They treat the families with the same demeanor
of confrontation and disrespect
as they treat the clients!
This is not counseling it is
a correction counseling programs
and not any type of legitimate
drug and alcohol counseling program.
When admin and counselors believe that inmates
are liars, etc there can never ever
be any trust or effective honest communication
or counseling between people.
Only anger, hate, emotional and psychological turmoil.
People are placed into these programs
illegally based on ASI or SASI scores
that are 10 to 15 years old
and for none drug and alcohol crimes
as in Ms Smiths case a non-aggravated robbery of
$200 that is over 10 years old!
Drugs were never used!
The counselors and Admin at Gateway
know this and are not advocates at all
for change or for the clients who
again is unethical counseling conduct.
Further, inmates with dual diagnosis
are placed with no evaluation or treatment
coming right off the streets and being mixed
with TDCJ Inmates being in prison
to make parole for 10-15 years.
These groups are not compatible
in any treatment entity together.
Further, there is no psychologist at all
doing evaluations at Ellen Halbert
nor treatment of the many inmates needing
psychotherapy and drug treatment for clinical depression,
post traumatic stress disorder, bi polar and
other emotional disorders, personality disorders, etc
which are primary any kind of drug and alcohol counseling.
Gateway Counselors throw further inmates
illegally into 7 to 8 hours per day
of encounter groups with only 2 individual sessions
of individual counseling per month.
Any psychologist will tell you as I am,
we cannot throw people into encounter groups,
as many are not ready for such.
Then if one fails to talk in
encounter groups or use their tools
they or the group are punished.
This punishment TDCJ and Gateway call sanctions
but it is clearly punishment.
Such practices are illegal.
We do not give negative
reinforcement in counseling or psychotherapy.
Inmates are punished if they refuse
to snitch on anyone or if they refuse to talk,
socialite or refuse to admit to past criminal behavior
(in which this can be used against them
by any prosecuting attorney
or TDCJ or drug usages).
Families are attacked and stated to be "enablers"
of inmates drug addictions and thus
they are cut off via communication
by Gateway and TDCJ.
When infact Gateway knows nothing
about the family and abuses them via denial
and confrontation with them.
Families are not seen as part
of communication nor
any support system at all.
Thus we are seeing high suicide rates,
emotional problems and psychological problems, etc.
A counselor Patricia from
Welcome House Drug and Alcohol
in Dallas reports to me that
her and all Welcome House clients
from these programs are reporting that
they would rather do 5 to 10 years in prison
then to ever go through
again the programs of Gateway.
This in itself states there
is abuse and punishment going on.
The result are angry and upset inmates
who have received no permanent treatment
or come to terms for long-term change.
Further as a researcher the study by
Mr. Eisenberg, a masters level sociologist
former of the State Counsel for
Justice Policy is totally flawed.
The real reason that the people who have gone through
the SAFPF and IPPC run primarily via Gateway
have less recidivism rates than others is due
to the fact there was a 700-800% increase of such
inmates being sent to halfway houses and TTC drug and alcohol
community based programs who have had technical
parole violations rather then being
sent back to TDCJ itself for such.
Mr. Eisenberg's study is invalid and was flawed
for the Legislature in Texas.
Further the raw date for the study
was given to the Policy Council by TDCJ itself
with no total access by the counsel.
Thus there are real questions as
to the validity of the sample given by TDCJ
to the researchers, how the sample was randomly selected,
the definition of the population,
why was recidivism defined solely for a
two year period by whom and for what purposes,
what are the long range conclusions of such,
why was only "Recidivism picked"
rather then variables costing the State of Texas
other money i.e. homelessness, education
and training or retraining via the Texas Commission
on Rehabilitation for these inmates.
Divorce and Custody Rates,
Psychological problems and emotional problems,
in-debt ness, Legal problems,
and a whole host of variables that
should have also been measured
and ignored by the prison system!
Further, what was the relationship of
Gateway and TDCJ to the Researchers?
Why were there not one social worker
or psychologist counseling psychologist
researcher for the evaluation.
Why is now Mr. Eisenberg employed as
the head researcher of TDCJ?
Is this the coincidence of the policy council
and its true independence?
Lastly, why has the State, Gateway,
TDCJ and the Criminal Justice Policy Counsel
refused to do any type of evaluation of
SAFPF Programs or IPPC Programs
via inmates who have dropped out,
refused to go and
who have made it through those programs!
In normal counseling programs clients have
inputs, even in the Veterans Administration
patients' evaluation is critical.
Why not here?
Why is Gateway, TDCJ,
and the Justice Policy Counsel afraid
to have an inmate and former inmate
evaluation anonymous done independently
by an outside source?
Is there something to hide i.e. abuse,
etc and another Abu grab prison scandal!
Hon Rep Terry Hodge, Senator Whittmier,
Rep Madden, and Senator Ellis
we are asking for an investigation into this.
We have also lined up the
American Psychological Association President
for Texas who will hear you
as well for the State of Texas.
This must be exposed,
so inmates receive proper treatment
and this should be done
outside the walls of TDCJ,
not in a prison setting!
Others would like to talk to you
and ask that this be brought
to the Press and the Legislature and
Federal Investigative Officials as well
as malpractice Attorneys in Texas.
Lee Horowitz; M.Ed, CAGS