Presentation on theme: "“Pennsylvania’s Community Corrections RESET” PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS."— Presentation transcript:
“Pennsylvania’s Community Corrections RESET” PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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