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Residential Programs

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Standard Residential

Designed with the goal of assisting both male and female offenders in becoming productive members of society, Standard Residential programming consists of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, employability skills, substance abuse assessment and education, obtaining and maintaining employment, and a minimum of 60 hours a week of structured activities. Case management services assist in identifying and individualizing needs specific to each offender, as well as monitor and evaluate program progress. A minimum of 60 hours of community service are required prior to successful completion, GED preparation and testing, self help groups attendance such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, and spiritual emphasis programming are available to all residents. The length of stay, between 90 and 150 days, is dependent on resident programming progress.

Locations: Berrien County, Calhoun County, Kalamazoo – Chicago Ave.Kalamazoo – Olmstead Rd., Kalamazoo – Park St., Muskegon County

Level 3 Programming

Referred by the MDOC Parole Violation Specialist, the 90 day program focuses on employability skills development, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, substance abuse programming, GED classes if indicated, and development of pro-social support services.

Locations: Berrien County, Calhoun County, Kalamazoo – Chicago Ave.Kalamazoo – Olmstead Rd., Kalamazoo – Park St., Muskegon County

Work Release

Participants are court ordered to participate as the result of a determinant sentence with requirements including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, employability skills, obtaining and maintaining employment, and substance abuse assessment and education as needed.

GED preparation and completion, self help groups attendance such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, and spiritual emphasis programming are available to all residents.

Locations: Berrien County, Calhoun County, Kalamazoo – Chicago Ave.Kalamazoo – Olmstead Rd., Kalamazoo – Park St., Muskegon County

Drug Court

Intended as a short term sanction for Drug Court participants that are not in compliance with requirements of the Drug Court program. Referrals will be individually assessed and follow an individualized Client Service Plan.

Locations: Kalamazoo – Chicago AveKalamazoo – Olmstead Rd.Kalamazoo – Park St.

Special Alternative to Incarceration

Following successful completion of the MDOC Special Alternative to Incarceration program, this is a 30-day follow-up transition program with employment and appropriate housing as the main focus.

Locations: Kalamazoo – Chicago Ave.Berrien CountyMuskegon County and Calhoun County

Federal Programming

The Federal Bureau of Prisons Residential Re-Entry Center (RRC) is designed to house and provide support services for offenders who are in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons or under the supervision of the United States Probation Office. The objective of the RRC is to provide comprehensive community-based services including care, custody, accountability and treatment. Residents are assessed and directed to programming as identified by the courts, case management staff and objective assessment tools. These may include employability skills class, employment, transitional living skills, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, substance abuse programming, mental health support, residence development and other support services as deemed necessary.

Locations: Kalamazoo – Chicago Ave.Berrien CountyCalhoun County

Domiciliary Intensive Outpatient Program (DIOP)

Designed as a 30-90 day residential stay, the goal of the Domiciliary Intensive Outpatient Program is to assist clients in achieving an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle. The program is a combination of a drug-free living environment combined with outpatient treatment and daily cognitive behavioral programming.

Locations: Kalamazoo – Chicago AveKalamazoo – Park St.Calhoun CountyBerrien CountyMuskegon County

Transitional Housing

With the goal of providing an alcohol and drug free living environment, the main focus of programming involves securing appropriate living arrangement as well as obtaining and maintaining employment.

Locations: Berrien CountyCalhoun CountyKalamazoo – Chicago Ave.Kalamazoo – Olmstead Rd.Kalamazoo – Park St.Muskegon County

Friend of the Court

An alternative sanction for those not in compliance with their Friend of the Court order. The Court will sentence the offender to become in compliance with payments or serve sanction days until they become current on their court order.

Locations: Berrien County

Residential Sex Offender Program (RSOP)

Intended as a highly structured intervention the Residential Sex Offender Program is a combination of strict supervision and cognitive behavior-based therapy. A minimum of 25 hours of staff-led programming per week is required, including sex offender specific group and individual treatment sessions, substance abuse treatment, and didactic programming. Cognitive behavioral interventions designed to address the irrational beliefs and thinking patterns, as well as relapse prevention strategies are the primary focus of treatment.

Locations: Berrien CountyKalamazoo – Olmstead Rd.Muskegon County

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment

Designed as a 30-to 90-day residential stay in a therapeutic environment, the Residential Substance Abuse program emphasizes the connection between continued substance abuse and the inability to successfully complete community supervision. This highly structured intervention includes group and individual treatment sessions, daily cognitive behavioral group sessions focusing on criminal and addictive thinking patterns, and programming designed with the Therapeutic Community philosophy of change.

Locations: Kalamazoo – Chicago Ave. (female)Kalamazoo – Park St.Muskegon County

Outpatient Programs

Anger Management

With the goal of reducing the incidence of aggressive behavior, participants focus on developing the ability to deal with emotions and stress. During this 12 week intervention participants are required to look at their behaviors and identify alternative ways to handle situations.

Locations: Calhoun County, Kalamazoo – Park St.

Young Offenders

An age-specific substance abuse intervention designed to inform young offenders about the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the mind and body, as well as increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of alcohol/drug abuse addiction

Locations: Kalamazoo – Park St.

Life Enhancing Decision Series

A two-session intervention designed to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of alcohol/drug abuse/addiction in a format which allows the participant to personalize symptoms they may be experiencing. The goal of this intervention is to reduce the denial which often acts as a barrier to the recovery process.

Locations:  Kalamazoo – Park St.

Domestic Violence

Based on the Duluth Model, the Batter’s Intervention Program varies from 26 to 52 weeks based on the needs and risk levels of the individuals referred. Topics such as intimidation, emotional abuse, coercion and sexual abuse are discussed before healthier behaviors are taught.

Locations: Calhoun County, Kalamazoo – Park St.

Substance Abuse Treatment

Utilizing a cognitive behavioral approach, treatment structure is based on the curriculum Group Treatment for Substance Abuse – A Stages of Change Manual by Velasquez, Maurer, Crouch. Modules address both criminality and substance abuse by improving the offender’s coping ability through skill development. Interventions are intended to correct thinking distortions and errors, and deficits in problem-solving, and reasoning. Skill development is utilized to enhance skills intended to reduce relapse/recidivism.
Locations: Kalamazoo – Park St.Berrien CountyMuskegon County and Calhoun County

Moral Reconation Therapy

Designed as a systematic treatment strategy that seeks to decrease recidivism among adult criminal offenders by increasing moral reasoning, the MRT curriculum utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach to the change process. The MRT workbook is structured around 16 objectively defined steps (units) focusing on seven basic treatment issues: confrontation of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors; assessment of current relationships; reinforcement of positive behavior and habits; positive identity formation; enhancement of self-concept; decrease in hedonism and development of frustration tolerance; and development of higher stages of moral reasoning.

Locations:  Kalamazoo – Park St.Calhoun CountyBerrien CountyMuskegon County

Sex Offender Treatment

Using a multidimensional, integrative approach to the treatment of sexual deviance, treatment strategies focus on the behaviors, symptoms, dynamics and social or interpersonal problems which often underline sexual offenses. Services include sex offender specific assessments, individual, and group treatment services.

Locations:  Kalamazoo – Park St.Calhoun CountyBerrien CountyMuskegon County

Assessments

Assessments designed to identify substance abuse, sexual deviancy, domestic violence, and criminal thinking tendencies include a face to face interview and are supported by objective testing instruments.

Locations: Berrien CountyCalhoun County,  Kalamazoo – Park St.Muskegon County

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Designed to target five of the “Big Six” identified criminogenic needs, The Courage to Change curriculum addressses anti-social values, criminal peers, low self control, dysfunctional family ties, and criminal personality. Working in collaboration with Northpointe, the developers of the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) risk needs assessment tool, this curriculum was designed to align with the risk/need domains of the COMPAS.

Locations: Kalamazoo – Park St.,