This initiative addresses a mushrooming dilemma occurring in our communities: the repeat incarceration of young adults with addictions and/or mental health issues. Convicted of crimes to feed addictions or to stave off perceived demons, troubled youth frequently get trapped in a vicious cycle of incarceration, hospitalization, homelessness, relapse, and sometimes even death. But incarceration rarely results in lasting rehabilitation or reduced recidivism as it often fails to address underlying issues.
With expertise, training and a built-in infrastructure, the Aleph Institute created Project Tikvah to respond to this growing problem. Tikvah team members work with professionals: to develop personalized roadmaps for lasting rehabilitation; to advocate in the courts for alternative sentencing options; and, to reunify families through spiritual support, professional guidance and mental-health education.