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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.



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ACCC: Historical Timeline 1985-Present
1985 Allen County Community Corrections initiated operations after receiving the start up funding from an Indiana Department of Correction grant.
1986 Allen 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.
1991 Allen County Community Corrections began operations as an independent agency supported by Indiana Department of Correction grant funding and offender user fees.
1994 Case Management and field monitoring duties were separated into two specialized work groups.  Programming was first designed, developed, and administered at Allen County Community Corrections.
1997 Field 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.
2000 Community 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.
2001 Allen County Superior ReEntry Court began operating with Judge John F. Surbeck presiding.  This problem-solving court manages the returning offender population.
2002 Fort 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.
2004 Program 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.
2005 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.
 
2006 In 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.
2007 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.
2008 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.
2009

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 were required to maintain compliance with the certification rules and remain subject to random audits by IJC staff.

2010

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.

2011

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.

2012 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
2013

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

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.

 

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