TRIPLE R: Rehabilitation for Recovery and Reinsertion

Triple R is a 2-year long EU project on the exchange of the best practice in the field of recovery between EU member states. The project aims at reducing recidivism and crime in regard to drug addiction and spreading the cost effective and productive models on drug Rehabilitation, social Reintegration and Reinsertion of the drug addicts.

Triple R: Rehabilitation for Recovery and Reinsertion, co-funded by the European Union, aims to:
- Exchange best practice in the field of recovery between EU member states
- Reduce recidivism and crime linked to drug addiction
- Provide cost effective and efficient models on drug rehabilitation, social reintegration and justice intervention and which will investigate novel models and alternative measures to imprisonment for drug addicts
- Disseminate resources across EU member states to support the implementation of effective and efficient models in Rehabilitation for Recovery and Reinsertion

Partners of the project
• Coordinator: Comunità San Patrignano (Italy)
• Co-beneficiaries:
1. BASTA (Sweden)
2. CeIS - Associazione Centro Italiano di Solidarietà Don Mario Picchi (Italy)
4. POPOVGGZ VZW – Best practice on pillar justice (Belgium)
8. ECAD – European Cities against drugs (Sweden)

All the workstreams are created in a logical and consequential way, along the three thematic pillars of rehabilitation, social reinsertion and justice interventions. Workstream 0 (WS0) is management and coordination. WS1 will feature best practice exchanges, study visits and training opportunities, leading to the drafting and publication of a manual on rehabilitation, guidelines on social reinsertion and guidelines on justice interventions. The manual and the guidelines produced by the project will promote further knowledge on the EU and international level on rehabilitation models of interventions, starting from the best practices offered by the Therapeutic Communities involved in the project, including their referral and reinsertion networks.
Furthermore, the guidelines from WS1 along with learning, training and tutoring will be implemented in the pilot project in Croatia under WS2, to test replication of treatment, therapeutic community, social reinsertion programme and alternative sentencing in the context of the newest EU member. The involvement of Croatian NGOs (NGO Stjiena, NGO Udruga, NGO Institute) will be crucial in the feasibility study and in the implementation of the piloting phase, as well as in networking with other therapeutic communities (TC) experiences and disseminating project findings at a national level.
WS3 focuses on evaluation of the project: this phase will assess the development of the project and evaluate the project results. Evaluation reports on the three TRIPLE R thematic pillars will be edited.
The dissemination of the manual, guidelines and project results will be incorporated in WS4, with ECAD leading these processes. A seminar in Brussels and the final conference to be held in Croatia will aim to disseminate knowledge and resources from the project to European and International institutions, member state policy makers and national experts to enable national implementation and follow-up, both with EU Member States and potential candidate countries.

Type and number of people benefiting from the project
1) Socio-rehabilitative practitioners working in therapeutic communities and NGOs who are in the drug field from European Member States, in particular partners’ staff, who are in a position to add value and exchange best practice with practitioners and policy makers in other EU member states.
2) Researchers who can independently assess the effectiveness of the interventions and who can make recommendations for the future
3) EU wide networks who are in a position to disseminate the findings from the project to other EU member states and to relevant policy makers across Europe
4) Policy makers in EU member states who have the influence to ensure that evidence based interventions are implemented at a national level
5) People and families encountering drug addiction will be indirectly supported by this project through the implementation of best practice in the field of drug demand reduction

Expected results
- exchange of best practice in the field of treatment, reintegration and alternative sentencing aimed at total recovery;
- expansion of knowledge base on total recovery;
- increase the know-how level among partners’ staff through high level learning activities;
- demonstrate the feasibility of implementing total recovery models in other contexts, through the pilot project in Croatia;
- start-up of new (or developed) realities in Croatia, with the increasing in the availability and coverage of rehabilitation settings, in line with the EU Drugs Strategy;
- disseminate know-how on alternative sentencing options and legislations and on recovery as source of crime prevention;
- distribute educational tools and a video on how total recovery settings work and how they are organized.

Type and number of outputs to be produced
Triple R will produce different types of outputs all along the project implementation:
- WS1: guidelines: a handbook on rehabilitation; a video on rehabilitation; guidelines on reinsertion; guidelines on justice intervention in the drugs field. Collection of good/best practices and mutual learning activities: 3 best practices study visits; training activities: workshops and training labs.
- WS2: a feasibility study on the pilot project in Croatia; mutual learning activities: a study trip of experts to carry on the analysis and training session on the guidelines and transferability; interviews of stakeholders and tutoring; implementation of the guidelines in the Croatian context; one day national seminar in Pula.
- WS3: Monitoring and evaluation of the entire project, producing 3 reports of evaluation: on rehabilitation, on social reinsertion, on justice interventions;
- WS4: dissemination activities: one day seminar in Brussels and distribution of the guidelines and handbook; one day final conference in Zagreb; the distribution of the video; production of dissemination tools: project website; linking partners’ websites with the projects’ materials, leaflets and newsletters.