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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 6 weeks in the Monroe County Dormitory 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 - Jail Inmate Guide 

  1. Participants must meet the diagnostic criteria as defined by the DSM-IV for substance abuse use disorder.
  2. Must score moderate to high in the overall risk scales AND moderate to high in the substance abuse needs scale (COMPAS Assessment).
  3. Misdemeanants must have 3 or more prior convictions or 1 prior felony conviction AND score moderate to high in the overall risk scales AND moderate to high in the substance abuse needs scale (COMPAS Assessment).
  4. 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 6 weeks.  Assignments and presentations are completed on an individual basis allowing for an open-ended class structure. The program is held in the Monroe County Main Jail 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 2 needs scales, including; criminal thinking, criminal personality, criminal
             involvement and/or substance abuse.
         2. Misdemeanants must have 3 or more prior convictions or 1 prior felony conviction and
             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. 
         3. 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 Main Jail Facility and includes lectures, groups and homework.  The program embraces Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and provides a DBT focused assessment with one  individual session.  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. Misdemeanants must have 3 or more prior convictions or 1 prior felony conviction and
             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.
         3. Participants must be psychologically and physically able to participate in the program.

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                                                 Employability Skills Program

The Employability Skills Program targets sentenced offenders who are unemployed or under-employed that are seeking skills necessary to receive job/vocational training to enter/re-enter the labor market.  Sentenced inmates lodged in the Monroe County Main Jail and Dormitory Facility can attend the 5 day Employability Skills Workshop. The program covers resume writing, successful interview technical, cover letters and follow ups, budgeting /financial responsibilities, how to set goals and removal of barriers to employment.  New to the program, the Re-Entry Liaison will assist the participants in completing a master application that includes information necessary to fill out employer applications; addresses, phone numbers, dates, references and schooling.  The master application can then be easily referenced when filling out applications.  The Re-Entry Liaison provides assistance in submitting food stamp applications (in order to shorten the processing time).  All participants are referred to the job readiness program held in the community at MI Works. Upon successful completion, most offenders are eligible for a maximum 5 day incarceration reduction from their sentencing judge.

Eligibility Criteria:

          1. Participants must score moderate to high in the educational/vocational needs scale.
          2. Misdemeanants must have 3 or more prior convictions or 1 prior felony conviction and score moderate 
              to high in the educational/vocational needs scale.
          3. Must be u
nder or unemployed without warrants or holds.
 


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    Job Readiness Program

The Job Readiness Program is held at Monroe's Employment and Training Department.  Participants are assigned a Career Development Facilitator (CDF) and provided one-on-one, individualized attention, case management and job retention throughout enrollment.  The CDF will assist with resume development, cover letter instruction, thank you notes, networking for employment, appropriate dress, financial management, healthy relations and healthy behavior.  Other services will include training on computers, how to submit on-line applications, proper interviewing techniques, behavioral interviews and employment retention strategies.  All participants will be required to enter their resumes on the State of Michigan Talent Connect Website.                   

The CDF will perform job searches on behalf of the offender and work diligently on the offender’s resume; continually fine-tuning it to match current open position requirements.  The CDF will make use of employer connections within the community and send the participant’s resume and/or application directly to hiring agencies. Participants are required to attend CDF lead “close door” group sessions called Employment Readiness Workshops.  Once a week, the group will network job leads, discuss applicant/interview follow up and fill out on-line applications. 

The CDF will do job retention with employed participants for 6 months. Supportive services will be provided for participants who face identification barriers and lack resources to begin employment, at a maximum of $75 per offender.  The CDF will assist the participant in obtaining a birth certificate, State ID or Driver’s License.  Participants that need work supplies that are not provided by the employer, such as steel-toed boots, specific work attire and/or tools that they cannot afford to purchase will be provided.  Transportation needs will be covered with bus passes or access to the MCETD van.  The CDF will screen participants for available programs and training to assist in obtaining a GED or high school diploma completion, or a certificate program to advance skills.  

Eligibility Criteria:

          1. Participants must score moderate to high in the educational/vocational needs scale.
          2. Misdemeanants must have 3 or more prior convictions or 1 prior felony conviction and score moderate  
              to high in the educational/vocational needs scale.


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Sex Offender Treatment Program

The Sex Offender Treatment program is held in the Monroe County Main Jail 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.  

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. Misdemeanants must have 3 or more prior convictions or 1 prior felony conviction and 
             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.
         3. 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
  • MIDAS - Monroe Intensive Drug Addition Supervision (Vivitrol Program)
  • 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