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ACCC's goal is to apply Evidence-Based Practices to assist persons unders supervision to become productive members of society. The Agency's history demonstrates the progressive implementation of programs, ideas, and teams to meet challenges in the industry.

Allen County Community Corrections is part of the Allen Superior Reentry Court (2009) and Allen Circuit Restoration Court (2011), both certified as by the Indiana Judicial Center. ACCC also collaborates in the operation of the Veterans Court with Allen Superior Court and Drug Court Program

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ACCC: Historical Timeline 1985-Present
1985Allen County Community Corrections initiated operations after receiving the startup funding from an Indiana Department of Correction grant.
1986Allen County Community Corrections implemented its first electronic monitoring system that consisted of a computer driven voice recognition feature and the earliest form of radio frequency transmitter/receiver system.
1991Allen County Community Corrections began operations as an independent agency supported by Indiana Department of Correction grant funding and offender user fees.
1994Case Management and field monitoring duties were separated into two specialized work groups.  Programming was first designed, developed, and administered at Allen County Community Corrections.
1997Field Officers began law enforcement basic training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana.  Community Corrections becomes certified by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration as an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Provider Site.
2000Community Corrections moves to newly built 20,000 square foot building at 201 West Superior Street.  Allen County Commissioners completed the construction of the two story facility in May, 2000.  Allen County Police Officers and Reserve Officers join the field supervision team.
2001Allen County Superior ReEntry Court began operating with Judge John F. Surbeck presiding.  This problem-solving court manages the returning offender population.
2002Fort Wayne Police Officers are added to the Field Supervision Division working on a part-time bases.  Community Corrections offers the first Employment Academy to address special issues involving offender employment.
2004Program Identification and Placement (PIP) was introduced in December 2004.  The PIP program used the motivational intervention model and allowed Misdemeanor judges and magistrates to sentence offenders to a process which enabled them to choose what course they believed would be most beneficial.

Early in 2005, after much preparation and what has since proved to be an improvement on traditional methods of GED preparatory class in relation to offender populations, an Adult Basic Education program based on a similar program modeled by the Safer Foundation in Chicago began.

In May of 2005, the inception of an English as a Second Language (ESL) learning program at the Allen County Community Corrections Facility has been met with ready attendance of mostly Hispanic, misdemeanor cases.

2006In October, two staff members, Stephanie Troyer and Nicki Venable, became MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) members. Currently they are the only duo trainers in the state of Indiana with backgrounds in Criminal Justice, Cognitive Behavioral and Addictions Treatment.

A new program titled "Gaining Control" began operation at Allen County Community Corrections. This is a program developed in response to a need expressed locally for an additional option in programming for anger management.

In February, the MINT Trainers developed and implemented a structured training program designed to standardize the concepts of Motivational Interviewing and Allen County Community Corrections philosophy in which all staff members were to receive education with the goal of ensuring consistency in the knowledge and application of Motivational Interviewing across the entire staff member population. 


Allen County Community Corrections staff members attended Correctional Program Assessment Inventory (CPAI) – 2000 training in January and Effective Practices in Correctional Settings (E.P.I.C.S.) training in April. E.P.I.C.S. training has been set to occur during the 2009 calendar year.

In August, canine handler R. Finton and his K9 "Jake", completed the initial canine training with the Allen County Police Department and was placed in service with the Allen County Community Corrections Field Division. This unit is certified in Obedience Control, Evidence Search, Tracking, and the Detection of Narcotics.

In October, the MINT Trainers launched their structured training of Motivational Interviewing to the Indiana Judicial Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. This formalized training has been tailored to those that deal with ReEntry Courts, Drug Courts, and other specialized Courts and agencies dealing with a variety of offenders. 


In February, members of the Field Division completed initial training to carry taser guns. The first taser guns were purchased in May with a grant from Steel Dynamics, Inc. and with narcotics seizure funds. The officers completed their training and began carrying the tasers in June.

In April, the Executive Group approved the implementation of a revised and comprehensive Field Officer Training program for the Field Division.

August 29, 2009 the Allen Superior Reentry Court was certified by the Indiana Judicial Center. During the three year certification, the Reentry Court staff team was required to maintain compliance with the certification rules and remain subject to random audits by IJC staff.


The Kelley House Modified Therapeutic Community accepts pioneer group of residents to begin programming.

Allen Circuit Restoration Court was certified in July 2010 as a problem-solving court, providing judicial oversight, case management, mental health services, and possible residential placement in a modified therapeutic community for those offenders who are dually diagnosed with a severe mental illness and substance related diagnosis.


Allen Circuit Restoration Court, a mental health Problem Solving Court, was certified by the Indiana Judicial Center, whereby offenders under Allen County Community Corrections are supervised for up to one (1) year.

Kelley House MTC begins a social enterprise entitled Restoration Works Woodworking. The enterprise had begun manufacturing work benches, wooden clocks, toy chests, and bird houses for purchase.

Kelley House reached 50% occupancy in May 2011. Kelley House is officially dedicated in honor of Jim Kelley, one of the original founders of the Washington House, previously a local substance abuse detoxification facility. Chief Justice Randall Shepherd was the keynote speaker of the event.


Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) holds annual Training of New Trainers and Organizational Training Forum in Fort Wayne, Indiana in September 2012. ACCC maintains three (3) MINT Member Trainers of the four (4) registered in Indiana.

Restoration Works Woodworking launches website to market handcrafted wood products and paintings online. RWW also begins partnership with the Fort Wayne Farmer's Market, assisting with set-up at their monthly markets throughout winter. RWW also particpated as a vendor.


In April 2013, ACCC hired a graduate from the MTC as a subcontractor for the woodworking enterprise, Restoration Works.

In April 2013, ACCC sends first three employees to Effective Communication/Motivational Strategies (ECMS) Training, a new evidence-based training program sponsored by the Indiana Department of Correction.

A pilot program for oral swab drug screening program began in May 2013, offering Field Officers opportunity to collect on-site screens as a variant to traditional urine drug screens.

Allen County Community Corrections begins the independent operation of the Allen Circuit Veterans Court Program.

Longtime ACCC Executive Director Sheila Hudson retires after serving 28 years as the agency's top administrator. She received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Governor Mike Pence for her dedicated service.


In March 2014, Kim Churchward is unanimously selected by the Allen County Community Corrections Advisory Board to serve as the Executive Director of the agency.   Journal Gazzette Article

The Indiana House Enrolled Act 1006 went into effect as a complete revision of the Indiana Criminal Code. Among the changes were a change in sentencing guidelines and offense classifications.

Beginning July 1, 2014, Allen County introduced the Criminal Justice Treatment Marketplace, offering risk-identified placements in treatment programs for addictions, mental illness, criminal thinking, and trauma. The initiative was supported by funding from the Indiana Judicial Center's 2014 Community Supervision Grant.

In November 2014, the Allen Circuit and Superior Courts, in conjunction with ACCC and Criminal Division Services celebrated the first graduation commencement of the Joint Allen Veterans Court Program. Congressman Marlon Stutzman delivered the keynote address to the graduates.


In July 2015, Allen Circuit Restoration Court was re-certified as a Problem Solving Court by the Indiana Judicial Center, for a three-year timeframe.

The 2015-16 fiscal year marks the 30th anniversary of Allen County Community Corrections.  On Friday, October 16, 2015, the agency held a recognition ceremony in honor of its staff and Advisory Board members who have worked together to collectively serve Allen County over its 30 years.  IDOC Program Director Kristen Banschbach, on behalf of Julie Lanham, IDOC Deputy Commissioner of Re-Entry served as the guest-speaker for the event. Journal Gazette Article

Allen County hosts Indiana Department of Correction for ECMS Training in December.

Allen County Community Corrections and Allen County Adult Probation prepare the first edition of a Collaboration Plan, articulating specific elements of cooperation and coordination for the supervision of adult offenders in Allen County. The document is a component of the IDOC Community Corrections Grant Application Process amended for the 2015-2016 fiscal period.


In April 2016, the Indiana Judicial Center completed a recertification audit of the Allen Superior Reentry Court Program at ACCC. The Reentry Court Program recertification was renewed for three years.

ACCC begins a pilot program of the Moral Reconation Therapy curriculum with ACCC clients. The program is published by Correctional Counseling, Inc. and is included in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs list (NREPP).


Photo by Steve Poulson
Community Corrections building located at 201 W. Superior St. | Photograph by Steve Poulson
Rennovated dormitory at the new Kelley House Facility, October 2010.
Kelley House residents and staff walk together around the facility grounds and gardens, May 2012.
Motivational Interviewing Basic Training activity, May 2013.
Kim Churchward selected next Executive Director of ACCC, March 2014.
ACCC's 30th Anniversary Celebration, Staff present informational boards, pictures, and displays describing agency's primary functions.

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