Bridges of America – The Cocoa Bridge

(Community Release Center)
Paul Biecker

Paul Biecker
Facility Director

Tina Daft

Tina Daft
Assistant Operations FD

Program Beds:
84 Male Community Release


The Cocoa Bridge CRC

Program Description

The Cocoa Bridge Community Release Center gives male inmates an opportunity to get their lives back on track. The foundation of the program is the Therapeutic Community Concepts, which are essential to maintaining a drug-free lifestyle in social contexts. With clinical supervision, this peer-led, peer-driven environment encourages the men to become active participants in their recovery.

The men in the Community Release program men are gainfully employed during the day and may choose to participate in education, vocation, and substance abuse treatment courses on days off or at night after work. Community Release inmates are required to pay subsistence for room and board which saves taxpayers money. Inmates also make court-ordered payments, send money home for family support, and are required to set money aside for savings upon their release.

Our substance abuse treatment and value-added services teach problem solving, critical thinking, conflict resolution and recovery maintenance skills. The program offerings at each facility vary to best meet the needs of the persons served.

Programs and Value-Added Services
  • Addiction Education
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Anger Management
  • Bible Studies
  • Changing Criminal Thinking
  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Community Re-Entry Services
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Domestic Violence Education
  • Employability Skills
  • Family Development & Reunification
  • High School Diploma Program
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Money Sense
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • OSHA Certification
  • Purpose-Driven Life
  • Save Our Selves
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Therapeutic Community Concepts
  • Transition/Re-Entry Services
  • Victim Awareness
  • Work Source Program
Community Partners
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Brevard County Fire Rescue
  • Brevard County Re-Entry Task Force
  • Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brevard Health Alliance
  • Calvary Chapel (Melbourne)
  • Career Source
  • Central Florida Workforce
  • Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Cocoa Presbyterian Church – RFM Christian Academy
  • Cocoa Sharing Center
  • Essential Education Virtual GED Academy
  • Fountain Ministries
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Mainstream Ministries
  • Men’s Wearhouse
  • Mt. Moriah AME Church (Cocoa)
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Pentecostals of Titusville
  • Promised Land Church (Melbourne)
  • Teleios Ministries
  • Wuesthoff Medical Center

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