Family / Incoming Residents Info

Community Transitional Services (CTS) is a KYDOC contracted facility providing DOC approved Substance Abuse Programming (SAP) to male adults referred by the DOC and/or Probation and Parole. The program is 6 months in length.

CTS uses the Therapeutic Community model within A New Direction class model, and the 12-Step program. Accountability of self and others is mandatory in the program. All residents are required to participate in the daily cleaning of the facility, along with their own self-care.

Upon arrival, residents will go through Intake and Orientation. This includes inventory of personal property, viewing of CTS orientation video and PREA standards, signing of CTS program documents, dorm and locker assignments. All residents will be shown to their dorm and through the facility by the Welcome Committee. Within 48 hours of arrival, residents will be assigned a Big Brother to assist in assimilating into the program. All new residents will attend orientation on the Monday following their arrival. CTS management will be available to answer questions.  A new Probation/Parole Officer is assigned upon arrival to CTS.

Residents coming from jails/institutions will be allowed to keep items that they arrive with – as long as the items are not considered contraband at CTS. Residents coming from the community may bring items listed on the property list and consumable items that may be brought in very limited quantities – listed at the bottom of the Personal Property Allowed attachment below. Drop offs are not allowed at any time.

Packages of non-consumables may be mailed to residents in the months of April and October for the purpose of getting seasonal clothing (limit of 2 packages per resident). Money orders may be mailed to residents in the amount of $75 or less at any time.

Money orders may be made payable to the resident with DOC number. Only United States Postal Service money orders will be accepted and cashed by CTS for residents. Cash in the amount of $75 or less may be left during visitation also – must be logged with staff on duty.

CTS contracts with Telmate for phone and tablets. Residents have access to tablets to order commissary, communicate with family/friends, and limited internet access. The cost for use of the tablets for non-program related reasons is 5 cents per minute. Residents may put money on their account by utilizing the kiosk in the lobby. Family and friends may also place funds on residents’ account through the internet by visiting Family/Friends will need the resident’s PIN in order to place funds on their account, message them, and send photos to them. There is a Telmate fee for every credit transaction.

CTS utilizes Aramark for commissary services. Residents may order one time weekly. Families are welcome to purchase commissary items and other products, such as clothing, electronics, hygiene through Aramark Care at any time during an individual’s residency at CTS. The website is Individuals will only need the resident’s name and location. The order will be shipped directly to CTS for distribution to the resident.

Information for Incoming Residents and Family

View/Download List of Personal Property Allowed (PDF)

View/Download List of Contraband Items (PDF)

View/Download Resident Rules (PDF)

View/Download Resident Handbook (PDF)


The program consists of 4 phases –

Phase I Orientation through day 29 – Introduction to Treatment; Psycho-education

Phase II Treatment days 30-93 – Criminal Thinking and Alcohol and Other Drug Education; Stabilization: relaxation skills, affect regulation; cognitive processing skills

Phase III Recovery days 94-129 – Socialization and Co-Occurring and Other Disorders; Trauma narrative and processing

Phase IV Continued Care days 130-183 – Relapse Prevention and Preparing for Release; Integration/Aftercare

All phases:

Residents must apply for a job within the Therapeutic Community. Multiple jobs are available and movement from one job to another is possible with approval from the CTS administrative staff. Residents are strongly encouraged to strive for a leadership position within the community – Elders and Sergeant at Arms. State Inmates who graduate SAP and have time left to serve may apply to be SAP Mentors.
Movement outside the facility in the community is restricted and monitored. Residents are allowed passes for medical and dental needs, therapy, etc…. Passes are granted on a case by case basis and are based on need. Residents are not allowed to drive personal vehicles or carry cellular telephones.

Phone Calls:
Residents transferred from another facility are allowed one free phone call upon their arrival. Residents have access to Telmate telephones every day outside of program hours. Funds for phone calls are through the residents’ Telmate account. All residents receive two 15-minute video visits for free each week through Telmate.

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