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Community Corrections

Monroe County PA 511 Programs


Programs, Budget and Statistical Summary

The Monroe County Office of Community Corrections (MCOCC) utilizes PA 511 grant funding to promote community-based sanctions as sentencing options in lieu of prison and/or jail and expands jail diversion to improve jail utilization. The programs listed below receive all or partial PA 511 funding through the State of Michigan Community Corrections Grant which assists in this goal. The State Office of Community Corrections (OCC) also funds residential beds in lieu of jail for felony offenders through a direct contract with Probation Residential Service providers throughout the State of Michigan. Monroe County receives jail reimbursement funding for housing eligible felons in the county jail, instead of prison. This program is called the County Jail Reimbursement Program (CJRP).  


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Intensive Outpatient Program

The Intensive Outpatient Program presents new approaches to changing the way participants think about addiction while offering practical steps for creating a realistic and effective recovery plan. Treatment is held 3 days a week, 3 hours a day, for a 6 week period in the Monroe County Jail Facility.  Group therapy is conducted for the first hour and a half, followed by an hour and a half of didactic education. The didactic portion focuses on recovery related topics from ARETE Manual including: thinking errors, schemas, anger, boundaries, roles in dysfunctional families, communication, heroin, alcohol, understanding addiction, values, recovery, relapse, standards, self-awareness, pleasure unwoven, re-entry and understanding consequences. All services are presented with a focus on trauma informed care. On the off days from the program, homework is assigned and collected the following day of class. The program includes two individual therapy sessions, one for a clinical assessment and one for an intensive discharge plan.  Upon successful completion of the program, most offenders are eligible for up to a 30 day incarceration reduction if approved by their sentencing judge. The Monroe Salvation Army Harbor Light administers this program.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Participants must meet the diagnostic criteria as defined by the DSM-IV for substance abuse use disorder level of care for IOP.
  2. Must score moderate to high in the overall risk scales AND moderate to high in the substance abuse needs scale (COMPAS Assessment).
  3. Psychologically and physically able to participate in the program.

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Male Cognitive Behavioral Program

The Cognitive Behavioral Program utilizes the "Thinking Matters" curriculum and includes lectures, videos, verbal presentations, class work and homework assignments.  Group sessions are held for approximately 2 hours a day, 4 days a week, for a 6 week long period.  Assignments and presentations are completed on an individual basis allowing for an open-ended class structure. The program is held in the Monroe County Jail Facility and sessions focus on cognitive self-change, identification of barriers to change, drug education, recognizing high risk situations, handling urges and social pressure, anger management and building a support system. Upon successful completion, most offenders are eligible for up to a 30 day incarceration reduction, if approved by their sentencing judge.  The Monroe Salvation Army Harbor Light administers this program.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Participants must score moderate to high in the overall risk scales or moderate to high in a minimum of needs scales, including; criminal thinking, criminal personality, criminal involvement and/or substance abuse.  Offenders will be deemed eligible if/when they are convicted of a felony sex offense.
2. Participants must be psychologically and physically able to participate in the program.


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Hope, Healing and Recovery Program For Women

This female-specific program is conducted in the Monroe County Jail Facility and includes lectures, groups, individuals and homework.  The program embraces Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  A DBT assessment and ACES (Adverse Childhood Experience Screening) is completed with each participant along with individual sessions, reviewing Mindfulness, Trauma and Emotional Regulations.  A final individual session takes place to review the overall progress made and to discuss an aftercare discharge plan.  The program is 6 weeks long, meets 3 days a week and focuses on healthy relationships, boundaries, assertiveness training, self-esteem, trauma, anger, distress tolerance skills, mindfulness, emotional regulations and interpersonal effectiveness.    Upon successful completion, most of the offenders are eligible for a maximum 30 day incarceration reduction from their sentencing judge.

Eligibility Criteria:

         1. Participants must score moderate to high in the overall risk scales or moderate to high in a
             minimum of 2 needs scales, including; criminal thinking, criminal personality, criminal
             involvement and/or substance abuse.
         2. Participants must be psychologically and physically able to participate in the program.


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                                                 Employment Readiness Program

  • This program has an in-jail portion and a community portion where participants can seamlessly transition from one to the other. The program is for offenders who are unemployed or underemployed, seeking skills necessary to receive job/vocational training and want to enter/ re-enter the labor market.
  • The in-jail portion of the program is held five days a week, for one week, for 2 1/2 hours each day. It runs bi-weekly at the main jail and the dormitory facility. The focus is on resume writing, successful interview techniques, cover letters and follow-ups, budgeting/financial responsibilities, removal of barriers to employment and a completion of a master application.
  • Upon successful completion, most inmates are eligible for a maximum 5 day incarceration reduction.
  • The community portion of the program is facilitated at the Employment and Training Department. Participants work one-on-one with a Career Development Facilitator (CDF) and are provided with case management, assistance with computers and on-line applications, employment retention strategies and job searches.
  • Participants are required to attend Employment Readiness Workshops until hired, held weekly on Wednesdays.

Eligibility Criteria:

          1. Participants must score moderate to high in the educational/vocational needs scale or score
              moderate to high on the risk scales.  An offender with a low vocational/education needs
              score must have their lack of employment or under-employment verified and documented
              by Adult Probation and Parole through the use of the Employment Status Verification Form
          2. Must be u
nder or unemployed without warrants or holds.
 


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Sex Offender Treatment Program

The Sex Offender Treatment program is held in the Monroe County Jail Facility and includes an assessment to evaluate the appropriateness for the program, group sessions, individual sessions (if needed) and a client aftercare treatment plan.  The program is 12 weeks long and meets for 90 minutes per week. The group examines the cycles of abuse, relapse prevention, and victim empathy. The course includes the following topics: introduction, thinking errors, feeling links, grooming behaviors, values clarification, the pre-assault cycle, and anger management, assertiveness training, learning about victims, consent, reframing distortions, normal sexual behaviors, social skills, interpersonal skills, communication skills, and support planning. Trillium Counseling Services facilitates this program. Treatment is available in the community.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Felon or high-risk misdemeanant who has a sexual assault history.
  2. Must score moderate to high in the risk scales or moderate to high in a minimum of two needs scales, including; criminal thinking, criminal personality, criminal involvement and/or substance abuse. (COMPAS Assessment)
  3. VASOR: score a 5 or greater on the Re-offense Risk Scale.
  4. The participant's mental state can not preclude the ability to comprehend the material and information presented to participate in the treatment program.
  5. The participant can not be actively psychotic or exhibiting psychiatric symptoms that require specific interventions, not available in this program.
  6. The participant can not be combative or of physical danger to him/herself or to the staff.

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Female Trauma, Recovery and Empowerment Program

This female-specific trauma program is 14 weeks long and is provided at Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan.  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) focuses on long-term cognitive, emotional and interpersonal consequences of sexual and physical abuse, trauma and substance.  The Trauma, Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) by Maxine Harris is used.  The TREM approach utilizes a supportive, skill-building curriculum that teaches the participants techniques for mastery that will enhance their existing strengths for coping with life events.  TREM emphasizes the development of trauma recovery skills including; self-awareness, self-protection, self-soothing, emotional modulation, relation mutuality, accurate labeling of self and other, sense of agency and initiative-taking, consist problem-solving, reliable parenting, possessing a sense of purpose and meaning, physical, emotional and sexual abuse and judgment and decision-making.  The group process begins with understanding trauma, with a transition through recovery and ending in empowerment for each individual.  The provider completes a Psychosocial Assessment / ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experience Screening) with each participant.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Participants must score moderate to high in the overall risk scales or moderate to high in a minimum of 2 needs scales, including; criminal thinking, criminal personality, criminal involvement or substance abuse and moderate to high in any two gender-specific needs scales.
2. Participants must be psychologically and physically able to participate in the program.


Other Local Community Programs:

  • 38th Circuit Court Tether Program
  • 1st District Court Probation Indigent Tether Program
  • Veterans Treatment Court
  • Monroe County Mental Health Recovery Court
  • Mental Health Jail Diversion Program - MRT (Moral Recognition Therapy)
  • Special Alternative to Incarceration - SAI
  • 1st District Court Probation Pretrial Services
  • County Jail Reimbursement Program - CJRP
  • Transitional Housing
  • Outpatient Programming - Treatment and Behavioral
  • Paula's House I and II
  • 1st District Court Jail Alternative Work Service (JAWS)
  • Sheriff's Work Service Program (Red-Shirt Program)
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Program
  • Anger Management Educational and Group Services
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing Intensive Outpatient Program
  • First Offender/MIP Class
  • Conflict Resolution Group
  • Parenting Class
  • Shoplifters Education
  • Alcohol Highway Safety Education Program
  • Residential Aftercare Program
  • Problem Solving for Daily Living Workshop