DSHS - Less Restrictive Alternative
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Less Restrictive Alternative

A less restrictive alternative (LRA) placement is defined in the state law as a living arrangement that is less restrictive than total confinement.  An LRA placement may be in a residential facility program operated or contracted by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) or in the person’s own home in the community. 

“Secure community transition facility” (SCTF) is the statutory name for a LRA residential facility program operated or contracted by DSHS.  As stated in RCW 71.09.020, “… a secure community transition facility has supervision and security, and either provides or ensures the provision of sex offender treatment services.”  The program offers 24-hour intensive staffing and close proximity supervision by trained escorts when residents leave the facility.

LRA Treatment Program

All SCTF residents must continue to participate in a rigorous sex offender treatment program under the supervision of a well-qualified and certified sex offender treatment provider. The provider is appointed by the resident's court of commitment and must provide the court, the SCTF program, the assigned Community Corrections Unit, the attorney representing the resident, and the prosecutor with periodic reports on the resident's progress.

The SCTF program also provides a residential life skills program designed to assist each resident in attaining skills necessary for independent living - for example, how to:

  • Budget and manage money
  • Plan nutritious meals within a budget and shop with a grocery list
  • Manage personal hygiene needs and do laundry
  • Cook meals, wash dishes, and keep the house clean.