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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), Allen Circuit Restoration Court (2011), and Allen Circuit Veterans Court (2013) all three certified as Problem Solving Courts by the Indiana Office of Court Services.

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ACCC: Historical Timeline 1985-Present
1985 Allen County Community Corrections initiated operations after receiving the startup 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 Photo by Steve Poulson
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.

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.

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.

Basic Motivational Interviewing Training, Allen County Community Corrections, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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. Formally the Washington House, which was a local substance abuse detoxification facility. The facility provided shelter and activities for all residents.

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.


Kim Churchward, Executive Director
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 January of 2015, Allen County Community Corrections Kelley House Modified Therapeutic Community program closes operations.

On March 20, 2015, the Allen Circuit Veterans Court was certified by the Indiana Office of Court Services as an independent Problem Solving Court under the direction of Honorable Thomas J. Felts, Judge.

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.

Allen County Community Corrections 30th Anniversary
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. ACCC's 30th Anniversary Celebration, The staff presented informational boards, pictures, and displays describing agency's primary functions. 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.

In Spring 2016, Problem Solving Courts Case Manager Kyle Keuneke is awarded the Allen County Civil Service Award for his demonstrated exemplary service to one of his clients. He was recognized before his peers and later during the Allen County Board of Commissioners Legislative Session in April.

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).

On October 1, 2016, ACCC launched a newly reorganized Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) Marketplace.  ACCC made the decision to collaborate with local treatment providers to effectively deliver services to the existing participants in ACCC’s Substance Abuse program and discontinued in-house outpatient treatment services. Community providers assumed ownership and responsibility for the operation of addictions services for all participants enrolled with ACCC prior to October 1, 2016.

In an effort to meet participant responsivity needs, ACCC added the Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) program, a CBT-based program for high and moderate risk participants (listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry for Evidence-Based Programs & Practices [NREPP]). For lower risk participants, ACCC began offering the Courage to Change (C2C) Interactive Journals, a well-established intervention that is tailored to target the criminogenic needs identified by an IRAS assessment.  These two programs join the Thinking for a Change (T4C 4.0) program offered to higher-risk participants through the marketplace.  ACCC also introduced public and private healthcare navigation services through a partnership with Park Center and Claim-Aid.  ACCC also found it prudent to involve Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health in the marketplace process, who weekly offers free information/education on STDs and on-site testing.

In Fall 2016, Case Management Section Chief Ashley Cameron participated in an 80 week leadership development curriculum for Criminal Justice professionals, sponsored by the Indiana Department of Correction. Ashley graduated with the inagural class of the program.


2017-2018 Collaboration Plan, Allen County, Indiana
Allen County Sheriff joins Allen County Community Corrections and the Allen County Adult Probation department in the publication of the Allen County Collaboration Plan, a required tenet of the Indiana Department of Correction Community Corrections Grant application for 2017-18. The Collaboration Plan is an effort to formally describe methods of interagency cooperation in local correctional services in a manner visible to the State of Indiana. Read the 2017-2018 Allen County Collaboration Plan.

ACCC served 2,939 participants from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.  Those participants served a total of 250,033 days of supervision in this period.

ACCC received a nomination for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award by two of its employees in FY16-17.  This particular award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves.

ACCC received grant funding for each of the three (3) Problem-Solving Courts through the Indiana Supreme Court for FY17-18.  In order to mitigate any delay of eligibility and coverage from Recovery Works, ACCC began a pilot program to cover only the intake fees associated with placement in transitional living facilities.

ACCC received a generous grant of $5,000 from the Drug & Alcohol Consortium to fund tangible incentives for felony-level participants supervised by the agency.  These incentives include bus passes, gift cards to restaurants, and tokens to reward positive behavioral change and eventual completion of supervision.  Problem-solving Courts participants received a similar grant supported by the Indiana Supreme Court.

ACCC retains a certified trainer for the Effective Communication/Motivational Strategies curriculum, an evidence-based curriculum for correctional professionals. Javier Zaragoza facilitated four (4) week-long ECMS trainings in FY 2016-2017, under the supervision of IDOC.  ACCC currently has 34 employees fully trained in ECMS, with another six (6) staff members scheduled to complete the training in October 2017.

In FY16-17, ACCC completed its second year of direct observations for the facilitation of CBT curriculums.  The direct observations are supervised by the Quality Assurance Division and typically actuated by the CBT/Clinical Division supervisors.  Feedback is formally provided to each facilitator and is included as collateral for annual performance evaluations as evidence of EBP Competencies.

The Quality Assurance Division completed another year operating an Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS) Direct Observation program in conjunction with an Inter-rater Reliability activity.  Both of these programs provide the agency the opportunity to collect valuable measurements describing the degree of concordance between IRAS assessors and providing specific attention to areas of weakest performance.

UDS Technician Kevin Hambrick is awarded the Allen County Civil Service Award by the Allen County Board of Commissioners. Mr. Hambrick is the second ACCC staff member to receive the designation.

In October 2017, Programs Facilitator Ryan Meredith participated in the 80 week leadership development curriculum for Criminal Justice professionals, sponsored by the Indiana Department of Correction.

The Joint Allen County Veterans Court of the Allen Circuit and Superior Courts held a graduation ceremony on November 9, 2017 at 11:00am in the Allen Circuit Court. City of Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry served as the Honored Guest Speaker for the ceremony that marked another completion of an intensive program designed to connect veterans suffering from substance abuse and/or mental health disorders with the benefits and treatment they have earned. “The Joint Veterans Court is having a tremendous impact on our community and the Veterans who have so honorably served us. I am proud to be part of the treatment team and look forward to continuing this great work,” stated Circuit Court Judge Tom Felts.


In February, an Allen County Community Corrections crew helped the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health move records out of a building to allow renovations. This was the second time Community Corrections crews have been engaged for similar work at this site. The Department of Health was very grateful for the “heavy lifting” assistance.

Allen County Community Corrections Community Service Division re-negotiated a new partnership with the Community Harvest Foodbank. This continues a long history of service by Community Corrections to help the needy, by providing helping hands.

Allen County Community Corrections partnership with the Allen County Department of Environmental Management continues to flourish as participants assist their crew on a weekly basis throughout the year with their hazardous materials recycling drop-off program. This facility and the work being done there is another example of the great networking and great work being done through our Community Service Division. It provides steady work for Community Service crews handling and proper disposal of batteries.

The Community Service Division notably secured new memoranda of understanding with the following offices/organizations, continuously off-setting costs to employers and tax-payers: Fort Wayne Fleet Management, Shepherds House, Fort Wayne/Allen County Health Department, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, and Invisible Vets Limited.

Carey Guides and Brief Intervention Tools (BITs) Effective Intervention Training - As of the now, all case managers completed certification and training on how to effectively administer the Carey Guides and BITs. On August 28, 2018, Allen County Community Corrections contracted with Erin King, of the Carey Group, Inc., to provide Community Corrections customized case management training involving direct observations of staff and desk audits with individual feedback.

With great sadness, Allen County Community Corrections lost a dear friend and co-worker, long-time Assistant Director, Edward D. Harris Sr. He passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at 59 years of age. In July 2018, after 32 years of dedicated service, Mr. Harris retired as Assistant Director of ACCC. Since 1985, Ed served ACCC in a variety of ways, holding positions such as Surveillance Officer, Home Detention Coordinator, and Assistant Director, a position he occupied for the last twenty-two years. During his time with ACCC, Ed felt that he focused predominantly on serving the citizens of Allen County and helping program participants make significant changes in their lives. He also devoted his efforts to providing direction and guidance to many of the agency's staff.

Implementation of In-House Shoplifting/Theft Intervention Program.  In a continual effort to meet participant responsivity needs, Allen County Community Corrections expanded its in-house services by implementing an additional intervention program, titled Something for Nothing (SFN), targeted toward participants with shoplifting/theft-related charges. The SFN program enhanced Community Corrections program offerings that included Courage to Change (C2C), Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), and Thinking for a Change (T4C 4.0) programs. All in-house programming are tailored interventions targeted to participants, individualized criminogenic needs identified by an IRAS assessment. Community Corrections CBT Marketplace process also involves ClaimAid, a healthcare eligibility navigation service company, and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health offering education/information on STDs and on-site testing and vaccinations.

All divisions of Allen County Community Corrections began administering quarterly participant satisfaction surveys, generated and tabulated by the Quality Assurance Division, in efforts to measure intra-divisional performance, identify areas of strengths and shortcomings, and provide feedback to staff at all levels in all positions. First quarter satisfaction surveys were administered and tabulated just prior to the end of FY17-18, and support Community Corrections Program Facilitators assertions that the addition of SFN has been well-received.

Near the end of FY17-18, Allen County Community Corrections began initiatives to transition from its currently utilized Case Management System (CMS) database to the new state case management software system, Trial Court Technology's Supervised Release System (SRS), which will be in ingratiation of almost all judiciary/criminal justice applications/programs into one. The official launch of Allen County Community Corrections version occurred September 17-18, 2018. Community Corrections will retain its former database, CMS, for historical reference and statistics for the current operational periods.


The Allen Superior ReEntry Court Program and Allen Circuit Restoration Court both completed successful re-certification by the Indiana Office of Court Services in 2019—Allen Circuit Veterans Court Program completed successful re-certification in December 2018—each led by Problem Solving Courts (PSC) Coordinator, Mallory Kuter. All state certified problem solving courts require extensive review and re-certification every three years.

Allen County Community Corrections joins AllenSuperior Court, the Allen County Jail, the AllenCounty Adult Probation Department (ACAP),Criminal Division Services (CDS), the AllenCounty Prosecutor’s Office along with othersfrom various county agencies as stakeholders inAllen County’s bond pilot program. Partneringagencies are committed to reviewing the effectivenessand safety rates of the release programs.

ACCC has been an integral participating agency in the Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 510 pilot program as its role as a referral source and its data collection processes, along with Allen County Adult Probation (ACAP), and Allen Superior Court Criminal Division Services (CDS). The four-year pilot study was designed to assist criminal justice involved participants in overcoming their mental health and/or substance abuse via evidence-based treatment by expanding the number of available sober in-patient and transitional living beds in Allen County through SEA 510 legislation. The project also involves the academic evaluation of the integrity and impact of these treatments, and requires the submission of data and reports at various intervals to the Indiana General Assembly’s Legislative Council that addresses a number of programmatic outcomes.

In FY18-19, as required by the Indiana Department of Correction, ACCC developed five (5) quantifiable performance measures to track, evaluate, and report during the fiscal year that described appropriate organizational functioning. ACCC prepared a midterm and end-of-year report demonstrating that ACCC had either met or exceeded all performance-related goals as published.

• 100% of Case Managers achieve proficiency rating on the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity – a direct observation exercise conducted by ACCC’s CQI Coordinator and Motivational Interviewing Trainer.
• ACCC will endeavor to open lines of communication with local commercial housing entities in attempt to increase the availability of stable, appropriate housing for our participants.
• A minimum of 32% of appropriate participants that engage in the case planning process receive incentives and sanctions at a ratio of four (4) incentives to every one (1) sanction by the end of participant’s supervision.
• Increase the percent (%) of offenders convicted of Domestic Battery, or domestic related Invasion of Privacy, Strangulation, or Stalking, who are assessed using a Violence Assessment Tool (ODARA or VRAG) from 0% to 50%.
• Enhance the use of evidence based tools in the agency supervision process, by increasing the utilization of the Carey Guides and BITS by 25%

In November 2018, ACCC received an exemplary score of 96% on its Performance Based site assessment, conducted by the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC), which evaluated the following within the agency: organizational sustainment of Evidence-Based Practices, use of assessment tools, effective staff-participant interaction, continuum of programming, quality assurance, and agency reporting.

After 30 years of dedicated service, Allen Superior Court Judge John F. Surbeck, Jr. retired on December 31, 2018.  Judge David Zent, a former Allen Superior Court magistrate, was chosen to replace Judge Surbeck and serve out the remainder of this term, which expires in 2020. Judge Zent assumed responsibility for the administration of the Allen Superior ReEntry Court.

Culminating in December 2018, ACCC participated in an extensive organizational restructuring in an effort to more effectively and efficiently supervise its higher-risk offender populations. ACCC accomplished a consolidation from 13 operational divisions down to only 7, and was successful in upgrading a series of part time positions that have historically worked 40 hours per week, into fully benefitted, full-time positions.

After an extensive search, ACCC welcomed Danielle Edenfield as its newest Assistant Director at the end of March 2019. Ms. Edenfield joins ACCC from the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office where she has served for approximately 20 years, with the last 10 years as Chief Investigator.

In a continual effort to meet participant responsivity needs, ACCC contracted with consultant Heather Jeffries, Director of Criminal Justice at the University of Saint Francis, to evaluate operations and outcomes of their in-houseCBT programs during calendar years 2017-2019. ACCC is currently in the process of implementing changes to its class availabilities and weekly schedule as a result of Ms. Jeffries’ evaluation and recommendations to appropriately satisfy clients’ needs and fill classes to optimal capacity.

ACCC facilitated a pilot project in May 2019 to gradually plan for the utilization of TCT’s SRS software for tracking attendance for ACCC’s CBT-based classroom program. TCT completed its development of the Attendance Module in spring 2019. The adoption of the new module resulted in reductions in the time required among facilitators to manage data entry.  Currently, ACCC is also experimenting with the usage of an automated telephonic calling system in efforts to remind participants of upcoming classes, orientations, in effort to support program participants.

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