Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Re-Entry Institute: Re-entry and Housing - 101: The Basics of Re-entry Housing (PDF)
Session Description: This session will continue the previous session reviewing the basics and of the newest
SAMSHA evidence based practice. This session will talk about how states pay for reentry housing and why.
What are the elements of that funding? And where does it come from? If you are not willing to own housing,
why and where might someone house your probationers and parolees?
What are the new opportunities and the barriers?
Presenter: John Fallon
Moderator: Pamela Lawrence National TASC Member: Tasha Morton
Clinical Skills Institute: ORAS- Ohio Risk Assessment System (PDF)
Session Description: This presentation will review the broader principles of effective intervention and then
discuss the development and implementation of the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS). Specifi cally,
this presentation will discuss risk, need, responsibility, and professional discretion and assist participants in
understanding the importance of focusing on each of the principles. Second, the presentation will review
the core components of the ORAS and discuss the steps taken to develop a 4th generation tool. Third, the
presentation will provide participants with steps to follow if implementing a risk/need tool.
Presenter: Brian Lovins, University of Cincinnati
Moderator: Karen Chapple
Community Based Alternative Institute: Thinking outside the Box; Sustainability and Community Based Alternative Programing (PDF)
Session Description: This workshop will focus on program survival in tough economic times utilizing diversifi
cation through alternative programs. Develop awareness on the importance of information management,
effi cient case management, and the collection and use of data and reporting. Examples of programs and
partnerships will be used to support effectiveness of diversifi cation.
Presenters: Barbara Zugor, Tania Peterson-Chandler, and Wes Stewart
Moderator: Mark Saferite
Re-Entry Institute: Re-entry and Housing - 102: Partnerships to Expand Access to Re-entry Housing (PDF)
This session will continue the previous session reviewing the basics and of the newest SAMSHA evidence based practice. This session will talk about how states pay for reentry housing and why. What are the elements of that funding? And where does it come from? If you are not willing to own housing, why and where might someone house your probationers and parolees? What are the new opportunities and the barriers?
Presenter: John Fallon
Moderator: Pamela Lawrence
National TASC Member: Latownya Stallworth
Clinical Skills Institute: Improving System Coordination and Using Evidence-based Practices in Justice Settings (PDF)
Session Description: Two challenges face justice and service agencies—how best to integrate services across agencies and provide a conducive environment to promote offender change. Based on analyses of systems, systems need assistance in learning about the ways in which to best improve the services offered to offenders. A 12 item map of service integration will be described, as well as the impact of using these drivers on offender outcomes. Additionally the presentation will describe how to use rewards in the risk-need assessment and case planning process to put into place service integration. This focus will be on a description of contingency management, how CM can be delivered across systems, and methods for implementing rewards as part of offender management processes. Together service integration and rewards affect the culture of providing effective services for offenders.
Presenter: Faye Taxman
Moderator: Karen Chapple
Community Based Alternative Institute: Integrating the Drug Court and TASC Model (PDF)
Session Description: This session will look at the Maryland specialty dockets currently in existence. The workshop will also look at a successful Adult Drug Court that utilizes the TASC case management model. Pros will be presented as to why this model is an effi cient way to strengthen any specialty court program. This 3 panel discussion will highlight positions on specialty courts and TASC from a the Director of Maryland’s
Specialty Courts, Common Pleas Drug Court Judge, and a TASC Executive Director and former drug court case manager.This session will look at Maryland’s Problem Solving Courts currently in existence. The workshop will also look at a successful Adult Drug Court that utilizes the TASC case management model. Pros will be presented as to why this model is an effi cient way to strengthen any specialty court program. This 3 panel
discussion will highlight positions on Problem Solving Courts and TASC from a the Director of Maryland’s Problem Solving Courts a Common Pleas Drug Court Judge, and a TASC Executive Director and former drug court case manager.
Presenters: Gray Barton, Judge John M. Durkin, Andrea Paventi
Moderator: Marrya Briggs
Re-Entry Institute: Trauma Informed Care and Reentry (PDF)
Session Descriptions: There is a high prevalence of trauma among persons incarcerated. How incarceration impact persons with histories of trauma is not well understood. Incarceration itself can be re-traumatizing resulting in re-experiencing past trauma and increasing anxiety, depression and other mental health symptoms. In addition, persons with histories of trauma have high rates of co-morbid health issues. Upon release, persons may be more vulnerable to experiencing additional trauma as they often return to unsafe environments and unsafe relationship. Understanding trauma and how trauma impacts reentry is critical to holistic planning and successful outcomes.
Presenter: Dan Abreu
Moderator: Susan McLaughlin
Clinical Skills Institute: Epics- Effective Practices in Community Supervision (PDF)
Session Description: This presentation will review core correctional practices as applied to community supervision and correctional case managers. This session will assist participants in understanding the EPICS (Effective Practices in Community Supervision) model and the process in which community supervision officers can support cognitive-behavioral interventions.
Presenters: Cara Thompson and Brian Lovins, University of Cincinnati
Moderator: Andrea Paventi
Community Based Alternative Institute: Pretrial Diversion Today: Best and Promising Practices in the Field (PDF)
Session Description: This workshop offers an interactive session, exploring the best and most promising practices in the pretrial diversion fi eld today. The presenter will highlight fi ndings from a recent national survey of pretrial diversion programs, examine current performance standards applicable to diversion programming, and identify the decision points in the criminal justice continuum where diversion can be considered. This workshop will also include a brief presentation on a Promising Practices model TASC Diversion program as well as wrap up highlights/summation of the Institute workshops in the Alternative Programs track.
Presenters: Barbara Darbey and Mark Saferite
Moderator: Charles Amrhein
Thurday, March 22, 2012
Re-Entry Institute: Job Readiness for the Formerly Incarcerated (PDF)
Session Description: The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) prepares largely unskilled participants, all with criminal convictions, to successfully enter the workforce, through a combination of job readiness training, paid work experience, and hard skills acquisition. At the same time, CEO cultivates and services businesses whose hiring needs can be met with CEO’s jobseekers. Bringing together CEO’s employers and
well-prepared participants results in a win/win: good hires, and reduced recidivism. The goal of this workshop is to impart of the techniques CEO staff use to help participants become job start ready and the skills staff use to market job start ready participants to employers.
Presenters: Marta Nelson and Steve McCullough
Moderator: Linda Gatson-Rowe
Clinical Skills Institute: Lessons learned from Implementing Evidence Based Trauma specific re-entry programming (PDF)
Session Description: Particularly among female prison populations, both childhood and adult experiences leading to complex trauma symptoms are highly prevalent (Guerino & Beck, 2011; Harlow, 1999; James & Glaze, 2006; Karberg & James, 2005; Mumola, 2000). Histories of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and other types of victimization are common among female inmate populations. Reentry programs that incorporate an emphasis on addressing complex trauma symptoms are an important intervention approach that could significantly enhance the overall well-being of women reentry populations, as well as contribute to reductions in recidivism. Challenges in addressing complex trauma with this population are signifi cant, however, because trauma symptoms often co-occur with other issues, including chronic mental health, substance use disorders, histories of homelessness, and limited if any social support. Current important questions remain as to how best to engage and retain this population of women in appropriately designed reentry programs, how best to address multiple co-occurring issues, and ultimately how to support formerly incarcerated women to capitalize on their strengths to achieve overall improved well-being after leaving prison. The presenters today are from two different SAMHSA CSAT-funded reentry programs, one in Colorado and one in Los Angeles, serving women recently released from prison. Common characteristics across the women in both programs will be reviewed along with assessment tools.
Presenters: Veronica Lewis, LaQuita Suggs, Carrie Petrucci, Peg Rider, Scott Powers, and Matthew Taylor
Moderator: Susan McLaughlin
Research & Evaluation: An Honest Dialogue between Practitioners and Researchers (PDF)
Session Description: The movement to more research-informed and evidence-based practices and policies in criminal justice and treatment has not been smooth. Researchers and developers of evidence-based practices are sometimes seen by practitioners and those tasked with implementing new policies as adversaries, rather than allies who might improve effectiveness. This divide between research and practice has impeded the adoption of practices that research literature suggests would improve the achievement of goals shared by all parties. Policy decision-makers are also often at a distance from front-line service delivery and face obstacles of obtaining buy-in from those who must change the system towards more evidence-based practices. Practitioners often lack a receptive audience to their concerns and complaints, as it is intimidating to openly challenge researchers and policy decision-makers. This session seeks to create a dialogue where researchers and decision-makers will engage the concerns of case workers and front-line service delivery staff to better understand obstacles to implementation and create more effective implementation policies. A debate format will be utilized where concerns that cause workers to resistance new practices can be openly expressed to a researcher and organizational leader. This format also seeks to foster the participation of the audience members who may share these concerns but have lacked a “safe” environment in which they could be expressed.
Presenters: Harry Wexler, Pam Rodriguez, Faye Taxman, and Charles Amrhein
Moderator: Bridget Kiely
Community Based Alternative Institute: Drug Testing Primer and Q&A (PDF)
Session Description: Presentation will address areas of interest suggested by the attendees. Have questions regarding your drug testing program? Need a professional opinion or interpretation? Have your questions answered by an experienced drug testing toxicologist with over 20 years of experience! This session will also be augmented with a discussion of current drug use trends and testing technology.
Presenter: Douglas Kramer, AZTASC
Moderator: Marrya Briggs
Re-Entry Institute: Panel Discussion: “Bringing it all Together at the Federal Level: The Attorney General’s Re-entry Council Initiative (PDF)
Session Description: Primary goal is knowledge dissemination about what is occurring at the federal level regarding offender reentry issues. Engage in discussion with audience to answer questions they may have about federal reentry efforts Engage in dialogue to learn what members of the audience are doing at the State and local level.
Presenters: Linda Mellgren, Ken Robertson, Marlene Beckman
Moderator: Shawn Clark
National TASC Member: Melissa Ippolito
Clinical Skills Institute: The SPECTRUM Project: The Clinical Impact of Doing Time (PDF)
Session Description: People with serious psychiatric disorders and/or co-occurring substance abuse experience high rates of incarceration. Through their experiences in the uniquely demanding and dangerous environment of jail and prison, many develop adaptations that set them apart from persons who have not been incarcerated. In this workshop we review potential behaviors that are considered adaptive in jail and prison, and demonstrate how a cultural competence approach combined with principles of trauma-informed treatment and offender rehabilitation can help to address these behaviors, creating opportunities for more effi cient and effective engagement.
Presenter: Merrill Rotter, M.D.
Moderator: David Wills
Research & Evaluation: The promise of Mobile Technology for Addictions and Criminal Justice (PDF)
Session Description: The researcher (Kim Johnson) would introduce the panel and explain the mobile application that is under investigation (ten minutes). She would turn the discussion over to the provider (probably Ayer drug Court representative) to talk about implementation challenges and the value of the tool from a provider perspective (20 minutes). Then the patient would talk about how he benefi ted from the tool, what he liked and didn’t like (15-20 minutes). Then the researcher will discuss two levels of research (30 minutes). 1. What we are learning about how mobile technology can support substance abuse treatment and related criminal justice rehabilitation efforts and 2. Adoption issues that must be addressed before widespread dissemination and some of the ways people are addressing them. Fifteen minutes will be left at the end for questions/discussion.
Presenters: Kim Johnson, Hilary Curtis, Vincent Janssen
Moderator: Wes Stewart
Community Based Alternative Institute: Bridging Systems through TASC Case Management (PDF)
Session Description: TASC’s case management is a proven model that has utility in many different systems and with a variety of client populations: from adults and youth involved in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, to families involved in foster care and the child welfare system, to adults and youth involved in corrections to name just a few. As state and federal budgets continue to tighten, federal, state and local governments and other program funders are looking for proven, cost effective methods to work with a variety of clients involved in complex public systems. This workshop will discuss TASC origins, its many adaptations and evolutions over the years as well as the many iterations of TASC today. For TASC practitioners it will be a good review of our history, mission and core values. For those interested in providing TASC services it will give a comprehensive overview of the many applications of this time-tested model.
Presenters: Pam Rodriguez, Eve Weinberg, Dale Willett, Karen Chapple
Moderator: Bridget Kiely
Community Based Alternative Institute: Applying the TASC Critical Elements and Drug Court Key Components to special populations (PDF)
Session Description: This workshop will focus on ways in which the TASC Drug Court Model can be utilized to serve a wide range of offenders outside of the traditional drug court client. It will be our goal to bring awareness of the versatility that this model offers and how it can be applied to serve high risk/needs offender populations and other populations within criminal courts as well as family courts. This workshop will also
explore the role of assessment as a vital component of case management.
Presenters: Yasemin Lipscomb, Foster Cook
Moderator: Tim Reggey
Re-Entry Institute: A Paradigm Change: Looking at Women and Incarceration and reentry through a gender responsive and
trauma informed lens (PDF)
Session Description: Studies have shown the high prevalence of early trauma in the population of incarcerated women and how this plays a signifi cant role in the development of criminal behavior, management during incarceration, and the success of behavioral health interventions as well as re-entry. This workshop will discuss re-framing our work with incarcerated women using a strengths-based, trauma, relational and gender lens which would include: relationships and healthy choices; parenting and children; safety; domestic violence; the impact of trauma on choice and making safe choices; encouraging safe alternatives to old, unsafe (criminal) behavior, framing why women behave in certain ways such as understanding self-harming behaviors as attempts to deal with the pain of trauma. This interactive workshop will include: providing a safe environment for women exposed to trauma; strengths-based approaches to case management and behavioral health treatment; trauma-informed
strategies to engage and retain women in re-entry.
Presenters: Norma Finkelstein, Jewell Oates, Renee Lee, Kath Schilling
Moderator: Wes Stewart
Clinical Skills Institute: Co-Occurring Disorders (PDF)
Session Description: Whether in a TASC program, the courtroom, probation department or other setting, the high number of people with co-occurring disorders requiring services remains a formidable challenge. TASC programs and criminal justice organizations continue to develop new programs to address the needs of people with co-occurring disorders, however all can benefi t from a more thorough understanding of this population. This workshop will review the major categories of mental health diagnoses and how they interact with substance use disorders. Case managers will acquire a more thorough understanding of treatment needs and a better understanding of how to modify expectations so that they are clinically appropriate for this population. Presenters are a psychiatrist and a psychologist with extensive forensic experience in both TASC programs and hospital settings.
Presenters: Virginia Barber-Rioja, Merrill Rotter, Charles Amrhein
Moderator: Susan McLaughlin
Research & Evaluation: Targeted Contingency Management and Skillful Motivational Interviewing: Two Evidence- Based Methods to Reduce Substance Abuse Problems in your Caseload (PDF)
Session Description: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) established the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) in 1999 with two major aims: to conduct psychosocial and pharmacological treatment trials to determine the effectiveness of drug abuse interventions in diverse communitybased treatment programs and patient populations; and to get the research results from these trials into the hands of community program providers and their patients as quickly as possible. One bedrock principle of the CTN has been bi-directionality, a process through which investigators collaborate with front-line clinicians to develop research designs that seek to answer the questions that are most germane to actual clinical practice. As these answers have emerged, the NIDA Blending Initiative, co-sponsored with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has created a series of products that give front-line treatment providers the tools necessary to facilitate the implementation and adoption of science-based interventions. This panel focuses on two psychosocial intervention models with both strong research support and availability of practicable implementation products – and which may be of particular interest to a criminal justice audience: contingency management and motivational interviewing. First, Dr. Harold Perl describes the CTN partnership of 16 academic research centers and more than 200 community-based treatment programs across the US, highlighting several major sets of important research fi ndings. He explains the NIDA/SAMHSA Blending Initiative and describes the blending products that have been developed by and for clinicians in order to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based treatments. Next, Dr. Maxine Stitzer describes the scientifi c foundation for contingency management and motivational interviewing interventions. She emphasizes the critical importance that model fi delity has for obtaining positive outcomes. Next, Ms. Christine Higgins upon the scientifi c evidence by detailing her hands-on experiences in facilitating the acceptance and adoption of each of these intervention models by counselors and program managers and in leading practice changes at individual and regional programs. She explains her work in promoting the use of contingency management as a tool for positive change and addresses the importance of ongoing coaching, mentoring, and supervision for achieving and maintaining necessary skill levels in motivational interviewing. She specifi cally addresses implementation of the NIDA/SAMHSA tool that trains supervisors to increase the MI profi ciency of their staff.
Presenters: Harold Perl, PhD, Maxine Stitzer
Moderator: Bridget Kiely
Re-Entry Institute: Behavioral Health and the Returning Offender: An Integrated Approach to Mental Health, Substanc Abuse and
Co-occurring Disorders (PDF)
Session Description: Every year, over 650,000 people are released from prisons and more than 7 millionindividuals are released from jails in the United States.1 Nationally, about 54% of homeless persons in shelter report histories of incarceration — 49% report previous time spent in jail and 18% report previous time spent in prison.2 In addition, 16% of inmates in federal prison have mental health problems, and 27% of federal
inmates have substance dependence or abuse. Many states and communities lack resources for transition planning from jail and prisons to the community. Community services are often fragmented and diffi cult to access due to funding and capacity issues. Needs of the reentry population are varied and include: behavioral health, health, benefi ts, housing, employment etc. This presentation will provide an overview of the characteristics of persons returning to the community from jail and prison, defi ne an essential system of care and identify strategic partnerships for successful reentry planning.
Presenter: Dan Abreu
Moderator: Alexa Eggleston
National TASC Member: Anita Hoffman
Clinical Skills Institute: Violence Risk Assessment (PDF)
Session Description: In treating substance abuse, mental illness, and co-occurring disorders, workers often encounter referrals of people with some type of violence or threatening behavior in the history. This workshop will review types of violence and threats, along with a survey of methods that can help us understand the likelihood of future violence. We will review a structured model for assessing violence potential and how to think about whether the potential is manageable. Several detailed cases will be used to elaborate the principles of risk management. The goal of this workshop is to give attendees how an understanding of how clinicians can make conclusions and recommendations related to risk assessment and management.
Presenters: Charles Amrhein, Virginia Barber-Rioja, Merrill Rotter
Moderator: Charles Amrhein
Research & Evaluation: What works with Re-Entry (PDF)
Session Description: Dr. Nancy La Vigne, Director of the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute and the project’s Principal Investigator, will provide an overview of the development of the What Works in Reentry website, including primary objectives, guiding principles, intended audiences, and the value that the effort brings to the fi eld. Dr. La Vigne will also discuss how the information on the website is intended to be used. Hannah Dodd, Project Director and Research Associate at the Justice Policy Center, will then discuss the methodological approach undertaken to synthesize the body of evaluative reentry research, including coding methods, minimum standards of study rigor, classifi cation framework, and how this approach is both consistent with and distinct from similar “what works” endeavors in other fi elds. Finally, Justice Policy Center staff will review major fi ndings regarding what works in the areas of employment, mental health treatment, and substance abuse treatment.
Presenters: Nancy La Vigne, Hannah Dodd, Justin Breaux, Dwight Pope
Moderator: Tim Reggev
Friday, March 23, 2012
Gary Maynard, Secretary of Public Safety and Corrections Services Maryland (PDF)
West Huddleston, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (PDF)
Alexa Eggleston, Substance Abuse Program Director for the Council of State Governments Justice Center (PDF)
Ellsworth Bey, Founder and President of the Fraternal Order of X-Offenders (PDF)