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1 “Pennsylvania’s Community Corrections RESET” PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

2 Barriers Approach  While we predicate our system on risks/needs, this verbiage was not resonating with our staff.  We pivoted the messaging to BARRIERS:  We assess inmates in order to identify the barriers that could prevent them from being good citizens.  We provide programming to remove those barriers.  Our Community Corrections system should be built around barriers that remain at the time of release.  This led to our system reset.

3 Driver’s License and Personal Identification  Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) have developed a program to provide all inmates with a valid Photo Identification Card or Driver’s License prior to their release from a correctional institution.  Re-entry coordinators at state prisons work with transportation officials on a regular basis to identify and verify driver’s license and identification card numbers for incarcerated individuals.  DOC provides the inmate’s name, number, birth date, and Social Security number.  PennDOT provides driver’s license number, record type and status, expiration date, photo ID indicator, and other information.

4 Driver’s License and Personal Identification (Continued)  Re-entry coordinators at state prisons are able to print the necessary requirement letters for inmates to renew licenses or state identification.  Within two years of an inmate’s anticipated release date, DOC will provide his or her photo and electronic signature, along with an application card to PennDOT for an ID card/license or replacement.  Fees are paid by DOC.  Should an offender be released from prison to Community Corrections Center without obtaining his or her identification or license, facility staff will help to guide them through normal procedure.

5 Our Community Corrections Continuum – Residential Services  Community Corrections Centers, also known as halfway houses, provide a transitional process by allowing residents to have contact with jobs and educational opportunities while still being monitored.  The facilities house State Intermediate Punishment (SIP) inmates and offenders granted parole by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP).  In addition to state-run facilities, the department also contracts with private vendors to provide specialized treatment and supervision service, many in the area of substance abuse programming.

6 Non-Residential Services – Housing Assistance  Helping the offender (and dependents when necessary) to attain independent living by securing safe and affordable housing that complies with DOC and PBPP policy  Monthly contact with offenders once they are in housing in order to assist with re-entry and independent living  Engaging with local Public Housing Authorities to assist with securing public housing and exploring other avenues for securing approved, independent housing

7 Housing (Continued)  Funding for security deposits and rent directly to the landlord in order to secure housing  Funding for up to six months of housing subsidies in order to cover a portion of offender rent and utilities  Rent not to exceed HUD-established Fair Market Rents and 30 to 40 percent of total household income  Offenders are responsible for 30 percent of rent (may be waived by DOC)  Assisting offenders with obtaining necessary items to furnish housing through community resources

8 Sex Offender Programming  Comprehensive sex offender assessment, including the use of standardized sex offender risk assessment tools  Formulation of an individualized treatment plan  Individual and group counseling (e.g., cognitive restructuring, behavior modification, psycho-sexual education, victim impact awareness, and relapse prevention)  One sexual history polygraph (within the first six months)

9 Sex Offender Programming (Continued)  Case conferences with DOC and PBPP treatment team members not less than once per month.  Access to psychiatric evaluation and medication prescription services, when applicable, to be paid by offender/third party.  Referral to other specialized services provided by Community Corrections for offenders with other special needs (such as substance abuse, mental illness, mental retardation)

10 Day Reporting Services  Orientation, initial assessment, and development and implementation of an individualized treatment plan detailing required weekly/daily programs to assist offenders with re-entry  Case management and attendance verification  Structured cognitive-based substance abuse programming  Drug test, including urinalysis  Cognitive behavioral therapy  Offender workforce development  Pro-social activities  Provided weekdays 8 am to 10 pm, Saturdays 8 am to 4 pm

11 Mentoring  Provides a pro-social support designed to model positive behavior and to provide guidance through learned knowledge  Assists with enhancing the offender’s sense of self-worth by supporting the offender through various re-entry challenges  Works with offender to identify a positive role-model in the offender’s life to serve as a mentor, or identifies a potential volunteer if no such person is identified  Offers peer support groups and monthly pro-social events

12 Workforce Development  Individualized, structured support and services, ranging from 6 to 12 months in duration, to assist each offender according to their individual employment/vocational needs  Services may include:  Assessment: Determine needs, strengths, skills, and interests of offender to influence individualized employment plans  Case planning and Management: Goal setting and planning, career counseling, job coaching

13 Workforce Development (Continued)  Job search, placement, and retention assistance by:  Connecting offender to community workforce development resources, job matching, employment application assistance  Serving as intermediary for offender to discuss concerns about employer  Employer outreach to identify and engage employers of offenders  Education and vocational training opportunities: Coordinate referral to opportunities for educational advancement (e.g., GED classes) and vocational improvement (e.g., trade training classes)  Utilization of Labor Market information available through various resources

14 Family Reunification  Family reunification services in a non-clinical setting that helps to address the impact of an offender’s incarceration on the family  Programming will address areas including, but not limited to, effective communication strategies, identification of reasonable expectations, establishing pro-social goals, and breaking the cycle of incarceration through:  Assessment to determine risks, needs, strengths, and levels of motivation  Parent education classes: Evidence based parent training program designed for criminal justice-involved parents

15 Family Re-Unification (Continued)  Parent support groups: Safe places where parents can discuss and learn about daily difficulties of child rearing  Spousal/Significant Other Support Group: Safe place where couples can discuss and learn about daily difficulties of the relationship dynamic  Coordination with the office of Children and Youth  Referral to other services as needed

16 Outpatient Treatment for Alcohol and Other Drugs  Six to 12 months of licensed outpatient services to offenders with recent history of problematic alcohol or drug use where outpatient treatment is appropriate  Programming will focus on Comprehensive Assessment and Group and Individual Counseling that is based upon Cognitive Behavioral and/or Motivational Enhancement Therapies  Provided weekdays 8 am to 10 pm, Saturdays 8 am to 4 pm  Services will include:  Assessment/Identification of offender needs and risk factors  Development of treatment plans and goals

17 Outpatient Treatment for Alcohol and Other Drugs (Continued)  Individual and group sessions with varying levels of intensity based on an offender’s assessed treatment needs:  Intensive counseling (four group/sessions per week)  Intermediate counseling (two to three sessions per week)  Regular counseling (one session per week)  Gender-specific programming  Referral to county and community resources  Aftercare planning and relapse prevention

18 Cognitive Behavioral Intervention  Group cognitive-behavior therapy provided to high- and moderate-risk offenders that address anti-social attitude, values, beliefs, thinking, and/or other criminal cognitions  Services provided will include:  Open-ended cognitive behavioral programming to those who have previously participated in CBI  Cognitive behavioral-based programming, which provides additional reinforcement of pro-social skills taught, practiced, and learned while in CBI or community programming. These include National Institute of Corrections’ (NIC’s)Thinking for a Change, or National Curricula and Training Institute’s Cognitive Based Life Skills, or other curricula as approved by the DOC and the PBPP  Funding will not exceed one year in duration without the approval of the DOC and PBPP

19 Mental Health Services  Comprehensive and individualized case management  Assessment conducted within seven days of referral  Develop appropriate treatment plan  Mental health education/guidance for psychiatric diagnosis  Medication compliance/medication adjustment  Individual counseling  Group therapy  Develop problem solving and coping skills  Permanent and/or temporary employment disability due to mental health-related issues  Develop short-term and long-term goals  Medications shall be checked on monthly basis by licensed psychiatrist or certified registered nurse practitioner  All support staff shall be trained in Mental Health First Aid

20 Reentry & Employment: Philadelphia Laborers  Collaboration between PADOC, PBPP, PennDOT, L&I, and Philadelphia Laborers’ District Council  Laborers’ Training Facility  Students reside on full-service campus during week  Receive 6-8 weeks of skills training  Upon training completion, receive union card  Cohorts of up to 45 ex-offenders returning to Southeast Pennsylvania  Align to Correctional Education training, including NCCER certification  Minimal requirements: drivers license and GED/High school diploma  Timing is right: Transportation Package to increase job opportunities in Construction Trades  Job development is key!

21 Interactive Re-entry Map  An interactive re-entry map, on the DOC’s public website, offers an easily accessible directory of services.  By simply identifying one of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, a directory of available services and information immediately appears.  A click on the appropriate item helps the user find what is available in that county for a number of services, such as housing, employment, clothing, or food, as well as domestic abuse, drug and alcohol treatment, veterans’ services, and legal services.  Another click on the specific need results in a snapshot of available services, including an address, phone number, and web address.  Located at

22 Interactive Re-Entry Map: Examples of Services  Agency on Aging  Drug and Alcohol  Housing  Veteran Services  Food/Clothing  Community Corrections Center  County Courthouse  Probation Office  Domestic Violence and Victim Rights  Transportation  One-Stop Shop  Physical and Mental Health  Family Services  Legal Concerns  Identification Documents  Social Security

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