History of the One-Heart Vision, LLC Pilot Program for Texas inmates and The Scottsdale Institute of Health and Medicine Center for Mindfulness
The history of the One-Heart Vision Self-Rehabilitation and Self-Healing Program began in Huntsville, Texas in May of 2008. Donon Regan had a meeting with Madeline Ortiz – the Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Rehabilitation and Re-Entry Program Division. Mr. Regan explained to Director Ortiz that he wanted to read, The Power of Now page by page to men and women inmates with substance abuse problems. He further explained that the concepts in The Power of Now would "wake up" inmates out of their "unconscious" addictive behaviors and give them the necessary tools to self-heal their own addictions. Mr. Regan felt that with the help of the inmates, his own experiences, and using The Power of Now concepts, a new program with a new workbook could be developed for offenders. Director Ortiz gave Mr. Regan a "thumbs up" to create and conduct a two-hour, eight-week pilot program, at two different prisons. Chaplain Richard Lopez and Mr. Regan visited a men's and women's prison and received the approval from each warden to conduct the pilot program. The two prisons selected and approved for the pilot program were the Ellen Halbert Unit for women inmates in Burnet, Texas, and the Hamilton Unit for men inmates in Bryan, Texas. Beginning in early 2009, Donon Regan drove for 2 hours in 2 different directions, twice a week, for a total of 8 weeks, to deliver The Power of Now pilot program to men and women inmates. The pilot program was sponsored by FedEx Office, Barnes & Noble, Sounds True, and New World Library, the publishers of The Power of Now. It was a huge success from day one. Out of that experience, the One-Heart Vision Self-Rehabilitation Workbook and Program were created and then approved by the TDCJ Rehabilitation and the Re-Entry Program Division for further classes!
In March of 2017 Donon Regan and Pina Galizia of One-Heart Vision, LLC contacted Paul Sugar the Director and Founder of the Scottsdale Institute of Health and Medicine Center for Mindfulness. One-Heart Vision, LLC was committed to creating a residential relapse prevention pilot program for women and needed a "Mindfulness Teaching Expert" with years of advanced training to complete the teaching process. After only one meeting both Mr. Regan and Ms. Galizia knew that Director Paul Sugar and his Scottsdale Institute for Health and Medicine Center for Mindfulness was the perfect educational component necessary for completing this innovative relapse prevention program for addicts. His knowledge and Mindfulness teaching experience is vast and lengthy. He completed the advanced MBSR teacher training in 1994 at the Center for Mindfulness pioneered by Jon Kabit-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is a Certified MBSR instructor through the Center of Mindfulness at the UCSD School of Medicine. He is also a Mentor for the MBSR candidates there. He has taught over 100-8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs and hundreds of mindfulness workshops for over 20 years. Paul also teaches Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention for addictive behaviors. He has taught mindfulness in healthcare, corporate, academic, sports, and private sectors. Paul has been practicing and teaching meditation, yoga and tai chi for over 40 years. Paul Sugar has over 2,500 clinical studies to back up his life's work and the proven health benefits of Mindfulness. One-Heart Vision, LLC and The Scottsdale Institute for Health and Medicine Center for Mindfulness form the perfect educational combination to help people suffering from drug and alcohol addictions prevent further relapse and to fully self-heal themselves for life.