The client will first receive a comprehensive assessment by a Counselor.  In addition, a client may also receive an evaluation conducted by our Medical Director. A treatment plan is then developed with specific and measurable goals. The Counselor then discusses the case with his her peers in a multidisciplinary meeting. Additional supports may be added at this time such as Peer Mentoring or Housing Asssistance.

The components of EC programming consist of culturally-based lectures,  didactic group sessions, and a variety of subjects related to substance use mental health and the recovery process, including:

  • Relapse prevention skills
  • Signs and symptoms drug abuse (alcohol included)
  • Signs and symptoms of Mental Health issues
  • Co-Occurring Disorders screening
  • Stress Management skills
  • How to deal with feelings in the recovery process
  • Cognitive Behavioral therapy
  • Solution Focused therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Orientation to the 12-step process
  • Search for belief in a Higher Being
  • Physiological aspects drug abuse use
  • Prison Industrial Complex
  • African American group
  • Problem Gambling services


  • Client-Centered
  • Cognitive Behavioral
  • Psychodynamic
  • Narrative


Services we provide to the Legal Community

  • Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Assessments
  • Comprehensive substance abuse evaluations pertaining to offenses, which may be A&D related. DUII cases are included.
  • Alternative to Revocation (ATR)
  • Development and implementation (ATR’s) for probation or parole, including formal ATR programs.
  • Parole Planning
  • Community based alternatives that may facilitate early release from institutions.
  • Pre-Sentence Investigations
  • Comprehensive reports that focus on treatment alternatives to incarceration.
  • Domestic Relations: Blended families, divorce, domestic violence, child custody, separation
  • Court Testimony
  • Expert witness and client advocacy, testimony at sentencing hearings, written reports

Client Population


  • Outpatient  therapy is provided to families of DCJ involved clients with presenting problems such as:
    1. Breakdown in family communication
    2. Partner conflict
    3. Parenting skills
    4. Grief and loss issues – If he/she goes away
    5. Chemical Dependency
    6. Anxiety- He/She is coming home


  • Outpatient therapy is provided to DCJ involved individuals with presenting problems such as:
    1. DUII & other Chemical Dependency
    2. Depression
    3. Aggression
    4. Anxiety
    5. Poor impulse control
    6. No Insurance
    7. Getting out soon- Re-Entry
    8. Housing – I have nowhere to go

Other Services – In-Reach Specialist

Empowerment Clinic also implements other support services for DCJ populations.  The In-Reach Specialist provides assistance to individuals within 6 months of getting out of Multnomah County jails (Detention Center & Inverness) and also Columbia River Correctional Institution and Coffee Creek Correctional Institution.

The assistance provided to DCJ In-Reach clients includes but is not limited to Peer Mentoring, EBT assistance, OHP Application Assisters and SSI/SSDI, Vocational Rehabilitation services, housing assistance, clinical counseling, group counseling, tickets to sports activities, public transportation assistance as well as clinical and non-clinical trainings for the communities we serve.

EC partners with the community in an effort to fill the service gap to African Americans soon to be released from local institutions. EC’s In-Reach Specialist focuses on the individual needs of each consumer. This is done through an individualized service plan that focus on the strengths of those we serve. EC’s In-Reach Specialist has knowledge of the community and it’s vast resources and thus is able to connect consumers to the appropriate resources. This translates into higher rates of continued success for those we serve.