Admission Criteria

Day Treatment Program Eligibility

Volunteers of America Oregon’s Day Treatment Program is an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment service for adult men in Multnomah County.

The purpose of this program is to reduce recidivism and substance use among homeless individuals who have severe, high-risk addiction levels. By working in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, and other local non-profit organizations, this program provides an innovative approach with treatment, housing and employment support. 

Overall program goals include

  • stabilizing alcohol and mental health issues
  • addressing criminality
  • increasing job and housing placement and retention
  • finding long-term solutions for this very vulnerable population

The program will serve 235 men over the five years of the project

The following are criteria for admission into our Day Treatment Program:

  • Men 18 years of age or older.
  • A documented history of substance abuse or dependency and need for outpatient treatment based on ASAM PPC-2R criteria.
  • No history of being a predatory sex offender or a registered sex offender.
  • No history of severe and persistent mental illness.  If a history of severe and persistent mental illness exists, it can be stabilized on medication. 
  • Identified as chronically homeless* (see definition below). 
  • Referred through the Portland Police Bureau Service Coordination Team.


*Chronically Homeless is defined as:
Individuals who have either been continuously homeless for a year or more or have had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.