Problematic Behavior or Activity
Community Counseling Solutions, Tri-County Community Corrections, and the Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) have worked together closely over the years. However, the focus was not a fully integrated, collaborative, and comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of offenders with the end goal of reducing recidivism.
With state Justice Reinvestment grant funds, Gilliam County sought to adopt a more formal approach to collaboration in hopes of better assessing a person’s risk of reoffending and providing a more comprehensive treatment plan unique to each offender.
Without quality assessments and services, offenders are more likely to commit future crimes. This results in increased victimization in the community, as well as greater utilization of custody beds at a cost to the county and state.
Gilliam County funded a full-time clinician at Community Counseling Solutions (CCS) who received additional training and experience in working with criminal offenders. The clinician works jointly with parole and probation to conduct a formal assessment of each supervised offender and works out a detailed plan as to what that individual needs to succeed in the program. The clinician also works closely with the GCSO to provide pre-booking diversion options and begins providing “reach-in” services to Gilliam County inmates incarcerated at NORCOR (the regional adult and juvenile detention correctional facility). In doing so, Adults in Custody (AICs) receive the treatment and assistance they need to better prepare themselves for re-entry and increase the chances of successfully completing the program, thereby reducing their chances of re-offending.
Under this program, the clinician also seeks to formalize interactions with criminal justice stakeholders to better provide the necessary care for offenders. The CCS clinician provides a training for law enforcement, parole and probation officers, and the district attorney in Gilliam County on how to identify mental illness and substance use problems. The clinician discusses at length proper treatment of individuals with these issues and the ways all agencies can work together to get people the help they need rather than incarcerating them.
Based On Research
- Uses validated risk-assessment tool
- Addresses specific criminogenic needs
- Uses collaborative approach by criminal justice stakeholders
This program was funded by an $87,000 grant through the state’s 2015-17 Justice Reinvestment Grant Program. Gilliam county received $100,000 for the 2017-19 biennium, $97,000 for the 2019-21 biennium, and $100,000 for 2021-23 to continue this program.
- Increased collaboration among criminal justice stakeholders
- Increased number of “reach-ins” conducted
- Decrease in recidivism
- Decrease in use of custody beds, locally and statewide