Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles | Special Populations
The Special Populations and Programs Division is responsible for the education, behavioral, and treatment programs administered by the Bureau, including the Alabama Certain Enforcement Supervision Program, Day Reporting Centers, Day Reporting Center Lites and other programs. These programs provide intensive treatment, education, behavioral modification and supervision for moderate to high risk clients supervised by the agency.
It is the mission of DRCs to provide high-risk probationers and parolees the opportunity to change criminal thinking and behavior through a combination of counseling, educational training and close supervision. DRCs focus on education, employment, substance abuse, mental health and cognitive restructuring needs. Community service is also required. DRC Lites are condensed versions of DRCs and offer similar programming but are limited to focusing on cognitive behavioral treatment, substance dependence assistance and educational/job training.
ACES is a supervision model that mirrors the Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program. ACES supervision is ordered by the probationary judge and clients are closely supervised and participate in a daily hotline call, which is also called a color code. This call allows participants to get three to five drug tests a month without the extra cost. The client contacts a toll-free number daily to receive their color and must report in for a drug screening.
Special Populations also incorporates the Interdisciplinary Grant Team, which coordinates the application for and implementation of federal, state and local grants. Some of the current grants in place include Project Safe Neighborhood and Helping Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Offenders Find Supportive Service (COSMOSS). Project Safe Neighborhood creates proactive activities to reduce violent crime rates in Montgomery, Ala. COSMOSS provides substance abuse and mental illness assistance to offenders.
Minds and Mentors Level I Field Training: We work closely with the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH), and the primary goal of the Minds and Mentors Paraprofessional Training Program (MiMP-TP) is to increase the number of substance use paraprofessionals in the State of Alabama. Trainees take two UA 3-credit hour courses at UA via College of Continuing Studies and then enter field training in both traditional and non-traditional settings. Trainees will be required to complete 120 hours of experiential field training in three different settings (minimum of 40 hours in each type of setting). This equals a minimum of five hours per week for six months. PROGRAM GOALS
Goal 1: Enhance the quality of training for behavioral health-related paraprofessionals through (a) restructuring of the existing certificate program to emphasize knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary for providing high quality, patient-centered services to families and children whose parents are impacted by OUD and other SUD (b) offering three hours of college credit on addiction and the family, and (b) providing extensive experiential learning experiences in a variety of settings, including traditional and non-traditional settings.
Goal 2: Increase the number of behavioral health-related paraprofessionals who are prepared to (a) work on integrated and interprofessional care teams, (b) work with families who are impacted by OUD and other SUD, and (c) utilize a train the trainer model to increase the number of individuals capable of training paraprofessional in high need and high demand areas.
Goal 3: Lessen the impact of substance use among individuals and family members suffering from substance use by (a) reducing barriers to care, (b) increasing number of services available, and (c) increasing number of substance use and mental health paraprofessionals available to families, specifically children.
Goals 4: Improve the network of organizations that provide substance use and mental health services to individuals and families by (a) developing, and/or strengthening partnerships with registered apprenticeship programs, and (b) creating a consortium of organizations and other community stakeholders that leverages existing resources to improve available services.
Goal 5: Evaluate program success, quality of training program and services provided by trainees through systematic and reiterative evaluation processes, that utilize rapid cycle quality improvement strategies
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