KPEP provides services for west side WRAP
In collaboration with the Eaton County Jail and the Michigan Department of Corrections, KPEP is providing services for a new program for probation violators in West Michigan. The Westside Residential Alternative to Prison (WRAP) program is modeled after the Wayne Residential Alternative to Prison (WRAP) pilot program implemented in early 2016 at the Detroit ReEntry Center. The program is designed to offer probation violators an alternative to prison by providing them an opportunity to address the thinking errors and attitudes that lead to criminal behavior, while also acquiring vocational skills.
KPEP has provided services for the Wayne County program since its launch. MDOC contracted with KPEP to provide services for up to 50 men sentenced to the 120- to 180-day jail-based Eaton County program beginning this year. This population will come from counties west of U.S. 127. Upon completion of the program, participants who need continued structure may be referred to a 60-day step down program at a probation residential services provider near their home county.
The format includes open-ended enrollment Participants attend three-hour vocational training sessions each day, utilizing the START (Skills, Tasks and Results Training) curriculum offered by the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. They also participate in three hours of cognitive behavioral programming each day, utilizing Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) and The Courage to Change curriculum.
Participation in individualized cognitive behavioral programming may continue during the step down phase, with the goal of providing participants an opportunity to practice and reinforce prosocial thinking and behaviors.
Participants who successfully complete the START curriculum and pass the final exam will receive a Hospitality Skills Certification in one of the six specialties offered, including: front desk representative, guestroom attendant, maintenance employee, kitchen cook, breakfast attendant, and restaurant server. Participants will also receive OSHA 10, ServSafe – Food Handlers, and CPR certification as a part of the vocational training curriculum. Soft skills are practiced daily in the vocational classroom, in an effort to make those vital components second nature.
Linsey LaMontange, Manager, Office of Community Corrections, oversees the program on both sides of the state. “KPEP’s innovation, commitment to excellence, and evidence-based practices have made them a provider we can trust,” she said. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with them as we expand the WRAP program into West Michigan.”
Those who wish to make a referral to the program or who have questions may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.