Less Restrictive Alternative

There are multiple types of less restrictive alternatives that residents can be placed in by the court:

1.  A secure community transition facility (SCTF) is the statutory name for a type of LRA residential facility program operated by DSHS.  The program offers 24-hour intensive staffing and close proximity supervision by trained escorts when residents leave the facility. 

2. Community housing is operated by a private provider, and may also offer 24-hour staffing and trained escorts. 

LRA residents of both SCTFs and community housing placements are required to follow court-ordered conditions that include sex offender behavioral health treatment and monitoring by GPS.  All residents are also closely supervised by DSHS social workers and corrections specialists from the Department of Corrections.

A resident is not released on an LRA unless a court determines that release is in the resident’s best interest and the proposed conditions can keep the community safe.

SCTF Treatment Program

All SCTF residents must continue to participate in a rigorous sex offender treatment program under the supervision of a certified sex offender treatment provider. The provider is appointed by a court 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:

  • 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.


(Updated Jan. 19, 2023 to include information about community housing.)