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Indiana Department of Correction

IDOC > Evidence-Based Practice > Information Clearinghouse > Indiana Community Corrections > Referral Programs Referral Programs

Referral programs are designed to assess the risks and needs of offenders and to make risk- and need-based referrals to supervision-based programs and rehabilitation programs.

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Forensic Diversion programs

Forensic Diversion programstarget individuals who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. They work to divert offenders from jail, after arrest as well as at initial contact or before formal charges have been filed. Their main function is to refer offenders with mental health needs to appropriate community-based services, to limit justice system costs, and to reduce recidivism.

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Problem-Solving Courts

Problem-Solving Courtscombine justice system case processing with substance abuse treatment. Substance abuse treatment is a phasic process that includes a series of interventions: (1) Detoxification, initial assessment, and alcohol and drug education compose the first stage called “stabilization”; (2) The intensive treatment stage entails individual or group counseling; (3) The transition phase involves services that are designed to foster offenders’ reintegration into the community.

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Reentry programs

Reentry programs seek to facilitate the social reintegration of inmates, by providing case management services that will help offenders acquire the life skills needed to succeed in the community. They include prerelease programs, drug rehabilitation, vocational training, and work programs. Reentry Courts are specialized courts that focus on improving public safety through the use of judicial oversight. They are responsible for: (1) ordering offenders to participate in various treatment and reintegration programs; (2) monitoring offenders’ compliance with the reentry plan; (3) reviewing offenders' reentry progress; (4) using graduated sanctions when offenders do not comply with reentry requirements; (5) and rewarding offenders’ pro-social behaviors.

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Community Transition programs

Community Transition programs are designed to assist inmates in returning to the community. They include supervision by probation or by a local community corrections program as well as referral to other services such as day reporting and mental health interventions that function to support successful re-entry.

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Serious or Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program

Serious or Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program (SHOCAP) is “a comprehensive and cooperative information sharing and case management program” that targets juvenile offenders and works to enhance service coordination" (Department of Criminal Justice Services, 1999).

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