Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Lifeworks NW-New Options for Women (NOW) Program

BJA Program(s): Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
State(s): OR

Grantee Agency: City of Portland

Subgrantee Agency: Lifeworks NW-New Options for Women Program

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2014/$110,000

About the Program:

From left to right: New Options for Women (NOW) Staff Members Robin Miller, Kendra Harding, and Kelly Clark. Photo Courtesy Kendra Harding
From left to right: New Options for Women (NOW) Staff Members Robin Miller, Kendra Harding, and Kelly Clark. Photo Courtesy Kendra Harding. See the NOW Program Feature Story to learn more.

The New Options for Women (NOW) Program provides intensive outpatient mental health, chemical dependency, and case management services for women who have experienced sexual exploitation while involved in the sex industry.

Every woman who enters the NOW Program receives a mental health assessment, drug and alcohol assessment, and a needs assessment completed by staff members. Staff members include a case manager/recovery mentor, dual diagnosis therapist, drug and alcohol counselor, and program coordinator. The NOW staff works with women to get them an appointment within a 48-hour time period from first contact.

The NOW program provides 10 weekly group sessions per week and bi-weekly individual therapy sessions alternating between NOW's chemical dependency clinician and mental health clinician. Women have the option to meet with NOW's case manager as needed in addition to attending a weekly case management resource group.

Lifeworks Northwest is a subgrantee of JAG Local grantee, the City of Portland, receiving an annual $100,000 subgrant, for their New Options for Women program. The grant primarily supports the project through staff salaries and program supplies.

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

From July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016, three current clients of the NOW program worked together with the program's case manager and secured safe and sober housing for themselves and their children. All three of these women continue to live in their new homes while continuing to receive counseling and case management services from NOW staff. Housing continues to be a barrier for women leaving the sex industry, so the NOW program sees this as a huge success and a life changing impact on the women in this program.

See our full feature story on the NOW Program to learn more.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Kendra Harding
Program Coordinator
Email: kendra.harding@lifeworksnw.org
Phone: 503-761-5272 ext 5614

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