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ACCC operates a community-based supervision program that recruits and recognizes a well-trained, professional work force to serve and protect our community, its crime victims and those adult offenders under supervision by effectively deploying the field's best practices, proven programming, and rehabilitative strategies to hold offenders accountable and promote their success.

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Allen County Community Corrections is comprised of an experienced and diverse staff of nearly 100 individuals. Our employees have been trained in various disciplines including: administration, law enforcement, social work, psychology, security, case management, investigation, education, supervision, mental health, and statistics.

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Agency News 
  New Recovery Beds Open





(July 12, 2019) — Allen County's most ambitious effort yet to combat substance use disorder was launched today.

At three locations in Allen County a total of 71 new sober living beds are now open to help treat people fighting substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder. Representatives from Allen Superior Court, Allen Circuit Court, Allen County Community Corrections, Allen County Adult Probation, the Allen County Board of Commissioners, The Lutheran Foundation, Park Center, Redemption House, and Shepherd's House worked collectively for more than two years to bring the project to fruition.

The pilot project's new sober living beds operate at three different levels of care as outlined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Fifteen new beds, which will serve both men and women, located at Park Center on Carew Street will provide clinically managed high-intensity residential services. The new Redemption House facility, on East Wayne Street, will provide 16 vital new, female recovery residence beds for the criminal justice system. Twenty beds will be provided at Choices Treatment Centre on Spy Run featuring clinically low-intensity residential services, which is unique to our community.

The program focuses on teaching recovery skills, preventing relapse and improving emotional functions. Choices will also provide twenty new, male recovery residence beds.

These new treatment beds are the result of a pilot project authorized under Senate Enrolled Act 510, passed during the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly. SEA 510 followed a recommendation from the Governor's Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment & Prevention, on which Judge Davis served.

"The scope of the overall drug addiction problem in Allen County is astonishing by any measure," said Allen Superior Court Judge Wendy Davis. "These substances are addictive in ways that challenge the best ideas and the strongest individuals – and the resources at our disposal to help them. The 71 beds we're dedicating today provide an expansive new set of options for those best served by treatment in the justice system."

Judge Davis added that Allen County was chosen as the site of the SEA 510 pilot project due to the robust infrastructure within the Allen County criminal justice system, including alternative sentencing programs and problem-solving courts. The State of Indiana awarded Allen County a $1.5 million grant for the program, which is being supplemented by locally raised matching funds, including support from members of Allen County Council.

Many individuals arrested for substance use disorder related offenses are non-violent offenders who respond positively to treatment in conjunction with community-based supervision. This initiative saves costly jail space and offers the best hope of returning citizens to their families and to productive lives.

"The addiction crisis is an issue that is highly personal and demands a localized, community response," the Allen County Board of Commissioners said. "Through innovative substance addiction research and treatment models, such as the pilot program we are highlighting today, individuals in crisis in both rural and urban areas are being connected with the appropriate services."

The 71 new beds have been created for the exclusive use of Allen County criminal justice involved individuals. Participants in the pilot must be 18 years of age, under the supervision of the courts or a local criminal justice agency and have a substance use disorder. Dr. Brad Ray of Wayne State University has been contracted to evaluate the pilot and reporting his findings annually back to the Indiana General Assembly's Legislative Council.


  H.O.P.E. Program Utilizes Mentoring as Community Support


Dr. Deborah McMahan, Health Commissioner of Allen County, requested that Allen Superior Court Judge Wendy W. Davis write an article for the Fort Wayne Medical Quarterly regarding how the H.O.P.E. (Hoosiers Opportunity Probation with Enforcement) program uses faith-based mentoring and community support to help the offenders in recovery. HOPE is a "post-conviction" court where low-level, nonviolent offenders are placed due to prior criminal history and for violating the terms of their probation. HOPE operates as alternative sentencing to incarceration and its primary purpose is to reduce drug abuse and recidivism.

Fort Wayne Medical Quarterly is distributed to the entire medical community, doctors, health care providers, dentists and hospitals.

  First Responders Commemorated

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On May 10th, a large crowd of officers and firefighters attended the Annual Police Memorial which was the start of Police week at the Law Enforcement and Firefighters Memorial of Allen. Among the attendees were the officers and leadership from Allen County Community Corrections.

Speakers for the memorial included Mayor Tom Henry, FWPD Officer Michael Joyner, Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters, FWPD Chief Steve Reed, FWFD Chief Eric Lahey, Police Chaplain Richard Hartman, New Haven Police Chief Henry Mckinnon and Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux.

Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters proclaimed May 10, 2019 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and
May 12-18, 2019 as Police Week in Allen County. The service and memorial commemorates the first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The memorial is located at 1001 North Wells Street and has the names of all the fireman and police officers from Allen County that has lost their lives in the line of duty.

  National Correctional Officers and Employees Week


On May 5th, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 creating “National Correctional Officers and Employees Week”. Since then, the first full week in May has been marked to recognize and honor the work of Correctional Officers and Correctional Personnel nationwide.  Please take time from May 5-11, 2019 to join me in acknowledging our team at Allen County Community Corrections for their hard work and dedicated efforts day in and day out throughout the year.

The staff at ACCC has served the public admirably and with excellence in the past year.  Our corrections officers and staff are well-trained professionals dedicated to maintaining a secure facility safe for our participants and fellow staff members, all while ensuring public safety and effecting behavioral change in those we serve. As former President Ronald Reagan said: “The professionalism, dedication and courage exhibited by these officers throughout the performance of these demanding and often conflicting roles deserve our utmost respect.  It is appropriate that we honor the many contributions and accomplishments of these men and women who are a vital component of the field of corrections.”

Regardless of the responsibility, all of the corrections professionals at ACCC fully understand the risks, pressures and stresses inherent in their jobs, but each embrace and accept them as part of the duty to the agency and to Allen County.

Thank you all for your continued commitment and contributions to the mission and vision of Allen County Community Corrections.

Sincerely,

Kim Churchward
Executive Director
ACCC

  New Assistant Director Named


Danielle Edenfield will join ACCC as our new Assistant Director, starting on Monday March 25th. Ms. Edenfield graduated from Indiana-Purdue University Ft Wayne in 1998 and immediately went to work at the Allen County Prosecutor's Office. For the past ten (10) years she has served the office and the community as the Chief Investigator.

We look forward to Ms. Edenfield starting her journey with ACCC!


Training Programs
  Basic Motivational Interviewing Training  

ACCC offers a Basic Motivational Interviewing Workshop (2-day Training) for Criminal Justice and Clinical Professionals – designed to introduce new staff members to the principles of the approach (Spirit of MI), foundations of clinical skills, and skills practice.  This is an interactive program involving skill building, role-playing, and fun.  Click here to check out our Training Division’s 2019 Program Schedule.

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