Johnson County Community Corrections facilitates the following programs:
Johnson County offers Compliance Monitoring. This alternative to secure detention is more intensive than informal house arrest, but less restrictive than Electronically Monitored Home Detention. Participants are held accountable for their whereabouts by a Special Deputy Field Officer and/or Juvenile Case Manager. Through the use of Field Staff, we are able to maintain offenders in their home at a heightened level of security, without increasing the number of commitments to secure detention, and/or the Department of Corrections. This approach allows the offender to remain with their family, continue their education, seek employment and complete other court ordered programs. Offenders are also assisted in seeking and maintaining employment that contribute to the self-payment of their program fees, and other court related expenses.
Johnson County offers Electronically Monitored House Arrest through BI’s Exacu trackOne Global Positioning System (GPS). GPS is offered to provide a high level of accountability for high-risk juvenile offenders at the community level. Through the BI-ExacuTrackOne Global Positioning System and Field Officer /Case Management support, we are able to maintain offenders in their home at a heightened level of security, without increasing the number of commitments to secure detention and/or the Department of Corrections. This approach allows the offender to remain with their family, continue their education, seek employment and complete other court ordered programs. Offenders are also assisted in seeking and maintaining employment that contribute to the self payment of their program fees and other court related expenses.
Facing Adolescent Challenges Together (FACT)
FACT (Facing Adolescent Challenges together) is offered to youth and their parent/guardian who present no evidence, through assessment, of substance dependence. Youth have however expressed experimental use and risk taking behavior. Educational information is presented that will allow youth to make informed decision. The parent/guardian benefits by improving awareness of current risk trends and the ability to open the lines of communication with their teen. FACT is presented in an experiential/Kinesthetic fashion and explores the current local trends and how that affects youth and their families, in a variety of complexities.
Family Nurturing Camp is a structured therapeutic weekend camp experience designed to help families build caring, positive family life interaction patterns. It is based on multiple components that include psycho educational groups, family based intervention, and therapeutic recreational and art activities. During the weekend, separate therapeutic nurturing groups are provided for parents and adolescents (12 years and up).
Family Resource Program
The Family Resource Program helps to identify youth who are at risk of future delinquency by measure of their attendance at the elementary school level. The goal is to assess the risk and needs of the family, and offer community resources that reduce those factors. The design is to not offer case management services but rather to educate and encourage families to improve upon their deficits by building upon their strengths.
Functional Family Therapy
Functional Family Therapy is an affordable, three-phased family therapy model that takes place in office setting. Families complete the program when they have moved through the phases of the model. Progress is measured by obtainable change via valid and reliable outcome measures. Each family is unique and change strategies are individualized for each family.
Parent and Adolescent Program
In this group based program, families learn nurturing communication strategies, how to recognize each other’s needs, how to understand the period of adolescence, and ways to build their own personal power, self-esteem and self-concept.
Prime for Life is an educational program that focuses on identifying how to make choices that protect the things you value most. PRIME For Life is a program designed to gently but powerfully challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high-risk alcohol and drug use. The content, process and sequence of PRIME For Life are carefully developed to achieve both prevention and intervention goals. The program goals are:
1. to reduce problems caused by high-risk drinking or drug use;
2. to reduce the risk for long-term health problems and short-term impairment problems;
3. to help people successfully protect the things they value
Restorative Justice Conferencing is appropriate when an offense has occurred that has an identifiable victim who is willing to participate in the process. The conference allows the offender to meet their victim through a professional lead conference. The fundamental focus of the conference is to work toward repairing the damage, minimizing future harm caused by offending behavior, and maximizing social justice.
The Community Service Learning Program offered by Community Corrections is modeled after the ”Giving Back” model published by OJJDP. Projects are sought throughout the community of non-profit and governmental agencies that bring about meaningful, restorative dimensions that increase the potential to raise civic awareness among juvenile offenders. Service Learning is a teaching strategy that links skills and knowledge learned, to issues, needs and problems offenders identify in their community. Service learning builds critical thinking and problem solving skills and helps to build constructive change through meaningful and working relationships with people outside their peer group. Thus building a deeper understanding of the causes and effects of community problems to gain a sense of their own effectiveness and recognize the need for involvement.
SHOCAP provides a community based option for serious habitual offenders who would otherwise be placed with the Department of Corrections or another placement facility. A Managerial Board and Screening Team, comprised of leading youth service administrators, oversee this program. Youth who are found to be at high risk, have exhausted other local programming options and/or are being considered for placement are staffed by the Screening Team. Once an offender is designated as a SHO, they are placed on Electronically Monitored House Arrest and a graduated phase system. SHOCAP is a measure of heightened accountability within this phased system that allows for family involvement and incentives. This program requires a multi-agency approach that calls for intense supervision, individualized case plans that are reviewed on a regular basis and a documented plan of community involvement. Community partners have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in order to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of this program and the families it serves.
Thinking for a Change
Thinking for a change is an integrated, cognitive behavior change program for offenders that includes cognitive restructuring, social skill development and problem solving skills. The program meets for 10 weeks, 2 sessions per week and involves a structured format of teaching a new skill, modeling of that skill, practicing in class and assigning homework for the participants to practice that skill at home in between classes.Lessons on cognitive self-change provide participants with a thorough process for self-reflection concentrated on uncovering antisocial thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and beliefs. Social skills lessons prepare participants to engage in prosocial interactions based on self-understanding and awareness of the impact that their actions may have on others. Finally, problem-solving skills integrate the two other components and provide participants with a step-by-step process to address challenges and stressful situations they may encounter.
Johnson County Community Corrections website: http://co.johnson.in.us/courts/community-corrections