Allen county Community corrections
Divisions

employment & internship opportunities

Allen County Community Corrections provides cost effective community based supervision programs that serve as an alternative to incarceration.. ACCC continually works toward the goal of facilitating the successful reintegration of adult offenders into the community. View our current employment openings by following the link to the Allen County Jobs website. Complete an online application and attach a copy of your resume.

Interested in an Internship?

Forward a resume via email to Samantha.Bowman@allencounty.us, or by postal service to C/o ACCC Internships at 201 W. Superior St., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802. You may also contact us via telephone at (260) 449-8295. Contact Samantha Bowman, ACCC Public Relations Manager for further information.

Residential Services

In response to provide alternative sentencing to incarceration to mitigate overcrowding in local jails by providing stable residential housing, ACCC opened the doors to Community Corrections’ Residential Services (CCRS) at 7117 Venture Lane, on August 25, 2020. For years prior to the facility’s inception, residential placement continued to be a significant need in Allen County, particularly in terms of sentencing and alternative rehabilitative methods/services, which was a significant disqualifying criterion of ineligibility for community supervision placement.

Satisfying that need, with the capacity to house 230 individuals in 191 male beds and 39 female beds, CCRS serves as an alternative to incarceration for Moderate to High-risk post-conviction felony individuals ordered by the Allen Circuit or Superior Courts, and direct placement as a sanction or alternative to revocation and incarceration. Placements at CCRS may also be used by ACCC as a last stop prior to ordering the individual to the Indiana Department of Correction. Individuals returning to the Allen County community through the Community Transitions Program (CTP) may also be placed at the residential facility when individuals lack suitable housing options required for community supervision.

At CCRS, program participants are subject to 24-hours a day supervision through residential placement, which may include GPS supervision while in the community, individualized case management meetings and case plans guided by the Mark Carey Guides/BITS, individual in-house cognitive behavioral therapy interventions, and a schedule of targeted rehabilitative services assigned based upon the results of the IRAS Risk/Needs Assessment, as well as a myriad of other internal assessments and any other special conditions of placement that have been ordered by the Court. Congruent with operations at ACCC’s day reporting center (DRC), CCRS pursues strict implementation of the Eight Principles of Effective Intervention (NIC) and all known evidence-based practices in corrections that support risk reduction, community safety, and promote participant rehabilitation.

Through this sentencing alternative, CCRS participants are afforded the opportunities to obtain and maintain employment and participate in evidence-based rehabilitative programming and services, while minimizing the risk to the community with strict 24/7 supervision and accountability in a residential setting, and while on GPS Electronic Monitoring, if court-ordered. When appropriate, CCRS participants work toward transitioning from residential placement to Home Detention/GPS Electronic Monitoring as an enhanced incentive model.

In accordance with ACCC’s supervision programs at its DRC, the CCRS program utilizes the IRAS in determining the intensity of services provided and contributing to the development of an individualized Change Plan for the participant. All participants with a Change Plan work toward the completion of a set of time-sensitive goals, developed collaboratively and identified by individuals’ risk and needs. Participants’ change plan goals and objectives are regularly discussed and updated between the participant and their assigned Case Manager.

Serving to assist with behavioral change and address barriers that contribute to recidivism (re-offense), the Change Plan is developed based upon the highest criminogenic needs articulated within the IRAS and includes any court-ordered requirements from sentencing.

Because CCRS is located fewer than 6.5 miles north of downtown, and transportation is an issue for several participants, the Residential Services facility is equipped with a caravan to facilitate participants’ connection to community resources, providing transportation to and from approved pass locations and court-ordered and/or CCRS program-required obligations (e.g. BMV, banks, court for court appearances, medical and therapeutic appointments, job searches & interviews, and job-readiness & employment agencies/programs) free of charge.

Case Managers and Clinical/CBT Programs staff strive to facilitate literacy services, increase employability, provide participants with pathways to receive immediate and assessment-driven mental health and substance abuse education and treatment, and implement other targeted CBT-based interventions in attempt to greatly reduce the possibility of recidivating (re-offending) upon release. Case Managers and Program Facilitators, from the Client Services and Clinical/CBT Programs Divisions, respectively, are embedded at the facility to provide immediate case management and client intervention, CBT program(s) enrollment, UDS collection, and incentives and sanctions as appropriate. CCRS staff frequently utilize a variety of tangible incentives to promote and reward prosocial behavior, including snacks, gift cards and gas cards, as well as “vending bucks” for the vending machines. Residential and supervisory services are enhanced with numerous, often incentive-based, pro-social activities such as fishing, basketball, volleyball, cornhole, arts and crafts, chess, checkers, card games, and in-house featured movies. In addition to online support meetings, voluntary religious services are also offered online, as well as on-site, as is a voluntary 33-week long religious-based study group for men that is separate from the weekly religious services offered. Computer resource labs are present in each of the living units for participants to utilize for job searches, and a library cart circulates reading materials throughout the living units.

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Finance

Need to make a payment? Please look below for important information regarding payments. 

 

Payment Window Hours:

Monday – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tuesday – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Wednesday – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Thursday – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Friday – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday – 7:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Sunday – Closed

Payment Methods Accepted

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Cash – Must have correct change

Money Order

Cashier’s Check

Credit / Debit Cards*

*Credit/Debit cards are subject to the following service charges: 2.65% or $1.00 minimum. 

Residential Payment Window Hours

Monday – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tuesday – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Wednesday – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Thursday – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Friday – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday – Closed

Sunday – Closed

Client Services

The Clients Services Division is comprised of a Coordinator, a Senior High-Risk Case Manager/ Problem Solving Court Coordinator, Senior Intake Case Manager/ Court Liaison, Senior Intake Case Manager/ Probation Officer, Senior High-Risk Intake Case Manager/ Placement Coordinator, Senior High-Risk Case Manager/ Residential Services, three (3) Intake Case Mangers, thirteen (13) Case Managers, Intake Specialist, Intake Case Manager Assistant, Intake Assistant, two (2) Data Entry Clerks, Urine Drug Screen Technician, two (2) Pass Investigators, Community Service and Programs Specialist, and Receptionist/ Data Entry Clerk.  ACCC’s supervision programs include Electronic Monitoring/Home Detention, Re-Entry Court, Community Control, Community Transition, OVWI Court Deferral, Restoration Court, Parole, Veterans Court, Pre-Trial and Daily Reporting.

The Case Manager’s primary goal is to promote public safety by addressing the evaluated risks and needs of participants who are involved in the criminal justice system. In an effort to impact recidivism to the greatest extent possible, Case Managers facilitate participant compliance with court requirements as well as indicated evidence-based programming. Case Managers utilize evidence-based communication techniques as principal strategies in working with participants with the goal of motivating them to consider making positive behavior changes. Two (2) skill sets include those prescribed by Effective Communication/Motivational Strategies (ECMS) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Division Procedures
Client Services staff are responsible for conducting screenings in order to determine each individual’s eligibility for supervision.  Staff members document the expectations of the sentencing judges and communicate the results of testing and evaluation completed to determine the appropriateness of placement on the myriad of supervision programs.

A significant feature of the Client Services Division’s process includes explaining the rules and regulations in detail to educate the participant and person(s) they live with to ensure compliance with program stipulations.  Public safety remains the highest priority when determining the appropriateness of placement.

 

The Client Services staff administer a 4th generation risks/needs assessment, the Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS), to identify areas of strength as well as areas of exhibited destabilization, within the first week of intake. The IRAS summary complements additional appropriate testing to contribute to the development of a participant’s individual change plan.

Once the change plan is complete, the plan becomes a guide for the Case Manager and the participant to help guide them through the program. The Case Manager works intentionally to help the participant develop a sense of personal autonomy, encouraging them to take the lead in changing their own situations. Case Managers have received numerous hours of training and receive on-going training yearly to enhance their skills in ECMS and MI. Case Managers take an advocacy role with clients during their time under supervision on the program, while also holding them accountable for their compliance. Based on their IRAS-evaluated risk level, clients meet with their Case Manager to assure they are actively seeking employment, attending programming, making payments towards their restitution, adhering to the rules of the program, discussing issues they might be having, and working on case plan goals and objectives set forth by them and Case Manager.

Communications

All individuals sentenced to community supervision at ACCC are electronically monitored using state of the art GPS tracking systems. Communications Division staff are responsible for the 24-hour monitoring of these individuals, tracking on average over 500 people a day on community supervision.

The Communications Division provides three (3) critical functions for Community Corrections: actuate ACCC’s Electronic Monitoring (EM) program, serve as the Field Division Dispatch Center and the contact point for the bulk of telephone communication with program participants. Communications staff are responsible for monitoring the whereabouts of all electronic monitoring participants under supervision 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Communications employees also serve as dispatchers for ACCC’s Field Officers and contract Police Officers that work with ACCC while performing field supervision, home checks, and employer visits. On a daily basis, the Communications Division staff receive and document an average of 1,000 phone calls from electronically monitored/supervised participants in its monitoring center.

As part of the ACCC’s electronic monitoring supervision program requirements, all participants electronically monitored by GPS are required to submit weekly schedules, upon review and subsequent approval (or denial) by Communications Division staff, listing by day, in specific detail for the upcoming week: WHERE they are going—be it for appointments, classes, work, etc.,—and TIME in which they are going. Weekly schedules can be submitted in paper form, via email as an attachment, or online on the ACCC website.

Electronic monitoring alerts are generated by ACCC’s monitoring system and prioritized.  On average, 2,000 alerts are reviewed and processed each day by the Communications Division’s trained Monitoring Specialists, who determine whether an alert is a violation of program protocols. If it is determined a violation has occurred, Communications Division staff will respond appropriately and, if necessary, dispatch a Field Officer to intervene. 

ACCC’s Field Division Dispatch Center, within the Communications Division, is one of four (1 of 4) 24-hour dispatch centers in Allen County and works closely with the Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD), Allen County Sheriff’s Department (ACPD), and New Haven dispatchers. With all agencies on the same radio system, officers from any local agency can have direct contact with Community Corrections. The Communications Division also utilizes the same Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) software and Records Management System (RMS) as all other law enforcement agencies in Allen County, which enables ACCC Dispatchers to check for active warrants, driver’s license information, or other valuable information by using Indiana Data & Communications System (IDACS) and National Crime Information Center (NCIC). If necessary, ACCC Dispatchers have abilities to send Attempt to Locate (ATL) messages to all officers from any local agency using a mobile data terminal and send messages to any law enforcement agency in the nation.

Community Service

Through labor agreements with government agencies and local nonprofits, ACCC’s Community Service Program provides assistance with a variety of minimal tasks requiring physical labor; which benefits taxpayers, primarily in the diversion of misdemeanants from serving time in Allen County Jail, where there is a direct expense to taxpayers for incarceration. ACCC currently has notable contracts with the Memorial Coliseum and the Three Rivers and Johnny Appleseed Festivals. Operating five (5) days a week, Community Service crews complete assigned tasks at an agreed marginal cost attributed only to cover a fraction of the expense of providing equipment, fuel, transportation, and supervisory staff for the crew itself. In 2020, with operational modifications and health and safety measures in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Service crews managed to complete 18,622 total hours of service to their community. All entities contracted with ACCC for crew labor should proudly consider themselves partners in supporting the Allen County community.

 

For more information on contracting with ACCC for service crews, contact 260-449-7252 to speak with the Community Projects Section Chief.

Field & Security

Field Division

ACCC’s Field Division employs sworn law enforcement officers to enforce the criminal laws of the state of Indiana and to ensure public safety. The purpose of this division is to ensure participant compliance with the rules and regulations of Allen County Community Corrections and its programs.

Field Division Officers monitor the daily activities of violent and non-violent program participants who have been sentenced to ACCC supervision for alternative sentencing in lieu of incarceration. If participants are found in violation of program rules/regulations they could be remanded back to custody, pending a judicial review.

Additionally, ACCC Field Officers perform random unannounced visits at participants’ residences, their places of employment, and approved pass locations. When necessary, they also conduct residential searches and surveillance when appropriate and necessary. All contacts are documented in detail, immediately following contact, and are recorded in the participants’ electronic file.

Officers frequently communicate daily with ACCC’s Communications Division and its Dispatch Center and assist with technical emergencies that may arise with participants’ field electronic monitoring device. ACCC’s Field Officers, as well as the majority of other staff working directly with participants, are also trained to provide mental health Crisis Interventions (CIT), which has demonstrated reductions in arrests of those with mental illness in addition to simultaneously increasing the likelihood those individuals will receive mental health interventions/treatment (Franz, Borum, 2010) (Broner, Lattimore, Cowell, Schlenger, 2004).

On August 19, 2008, ACCC added a K-9 team to its Field Division. In February of 2013, ACCC Officer David Hunter and his K-9 partner “Zeke” graduated from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department Canine Academy and served until 2019. And in November of 2019, following completion of a 14-week training course through the Allen County Police Department, ACCC Officer Trevor Braun and his K-9 partner “Ike” became the latest K-9 team to join the Field Division. K-9 Ike is certified in the areas of:

  • Obedience Control
  • Evidence Search
  • Area Search
  • Building Search
  • Tracking and Detection of Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy
  • Firearms Detection

Security Division

Covering 141 hours over the course of a six (6) day week (including Saturdays), ACCC’s Security Division is directly responsible for ensuring and maintaining the safety and security of ACCC facilities, which includes the searching of an individual’s person and any personal property brought into the facility upon entry by participants and visitors, with or without prior notice. During an eight-hour shift, Security Officers check and screen anywhere between 200 to 250 participants and visitors, on average, through security, checking specifically for weapons, drugs, and cell phones during the examination. In addition to ensuring the safety of the agency and its inhabitants by point of entry, the Security Division is also responsible for conducting visual checks by means of foot patrols and monitoring dozens of cameras with regularity throughout and around the facility’s exterior and interior.

Beyond their measures of ensuring safety and security, the Security Division staff is also responsible for documenting the arrival of and administration of Alco-sensor tests on individuals ordered to the Pre-Trial supervision program, and subsequently contacting the Pre-Trial Case Manager in the event of a positive test following obtaining a urine drug screen from the individual. Furthermore, the Security Division oversees all urine drug screens on Saturdays at ACCC’s Day Reporting Center (DRC), monitoring as few as 45 to as many as 70 participants reporting for submissions.

Clinical & Mental Health

CLINICAL/CBT PROGRAMS & CBT MARKETPLACE ORIENTATION

The Clinical/CBT Programs Division at Allen County Community Corrections (ACCC) provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) programs that aid in the rehabilitation and restructuring processes of referred individuals.

All individuals referred to CBT programming at ACCC, whether internally by their ACCC Case Managers or externally referred by Probation, for example, are scheduled to attend the CBT Marketplace Orientation, at which time they are scheduled for recommended programs and obtain additional referral appointments with community agencies, as needed. The CBT Marketplace Orientation takes place weekly at the Day Reporting Center (DRC) on Tuesdays from 12:45 – 3:00 p.m., except the fourth Tuesday when it is held twice, the first at 9:45 a.m. and the second at 5:45 p.m.

Unless referred exclusively from external agencies to ACCC for the ATV or TAC programs, all individuals referred to ACCC for programming are required to attend Courage to Change or Fundamentals of CBT as a foundational program. Additional foundational classes may be followed upon completion of the C2C and/or FUN program(s) as needed. Participants’ subsequent classes may be determined based on risk level, clinical and/or case management recommendations, and personal interest.

During the CBT Marketplace Orientation, individuals are screened for mental health and substance use concerns and, when appropriate, referred for a full clinical evaluation. A Park Center representative is present at the CBT Marketplace Orientation to schedule individuals for risk-informed services. Additionally, a representative from ClaimAid, a healthcare services navigation program, is present to help individuals apply for health insurance as is one from the Allen County Health Department to provide education on sexually transmitted infections and free optional testing for Hepatitis C and HIV.

CBT SERVICES WE OFFER

ACCC offers a variety of nonclinical CBT services, and Programs staff, along with Clinical Mental Health staff, facilitate the following Evidence-Based Cognitive Skills/Restructuring curricula, as described below.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Programs

C2C: The Courage to Change Interactive Journaling® *

  • Length: 8 sessions (12 hours)
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Low-Risk only

The Courage to Change System is a collaboration between the United States Probation Offices in the Districts of Hawaii and Nevada and The Change Companies®. Through the use of this cognitive behavioral Interactive Journaling® system and approach, participants address their individual problem areas within the “Big Six” criminogenic needs identified by the Administrative Office of Probation and Pre-Trial Services and other secondary needs identified within an assessment process. By personalizing the information presented in the journals to their own circumstances, participants develop a roadmap to success in their efforts to change.

FUN: Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) *

  • Length: 6 sessions (12 hours)
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Moderate and High/Very High-Risk only

This program utilizes the Courage to Change System of Cognitive-Behavioral Interactive Journaling® to introduce participants to CBT principles. The journals address the dynamic criminogenic domains that often lead clients to criminal behavior. Topics addressed include: Getting Started with Supervision, Social Values, and Self-Control. By personalizing the information presented in the journals to their own circumstances and experiencing success in a shorter class, Moderate, High, and Very High-risk participants are better prepared to complete longer cognitive restructuring and skill-development classes, if determined necessary.

* Unless referred exclusively from external agencies to ACCC for the ATV or TAC programs, all individuals referred to ACCC for programming are required to attend C2C (Courage to Change) or FUN (Fundamentals of CBT) as a foundational program. Additional foundational classes may be followed upon completion of the C2C and/or FUN program(s) as needed. Participants’ subsequent classes may be determined based on risk level, clinical and/or case management recommendations, and personal interest.

T4C: Thinking for a Change

  • Length: 24 sessions (36 hours)
  • Cognitive Restructuring and Social Skills Development
  • Moderate and High/Very High-Risk only

T4C can most efficiently be described as a cognitive skills development program.  Two-thirds of the program is devoted to the development of skills that participants choose to use in high-stress situations.  The premise is that criminal offenders may have never learned the “thinking skills” required to function productively and responsibly in society (Mark Gornick, 2002).  The skill deficit is remedied by training in skills, such as problem-solving, negotiation, assertiveness, and anger control.  Social skills focus on specific social situations, such as making a complaint or asking for help.

MRT: Moral Reconation Therapy©

  • Length: 16- 20 sessions (32-40 hours)
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Moderate and High/Very High-Risk only

The MRT program provides a method designed to promote positive self-image and identity, helps participants learn positive social behaviors and beliefs, and begin to make decisions from higher levels of moral judgment. MRT is widely recognized as an Evidence-Based Practice by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs (NREPP).

ATV: Alternatives to Violence

  • Length: 10 sessions (20 hours)
  • Cognitive Restructuring and Social Skills Development
  • Gender-Divided
  • All Risk levels

Alternatives to Violence (ATV) consists of ten (10) lessons working through four (4) journals that examine Self-Control, Anger, Readiness to Change, and Violence Interventions to improve interpersonal relationships and practice alternatives to violent behaviors. Classes are gender-divided with weekly classes for men and bimonthly classes for women.

TAC: Theft Awareness Class

  • Length: 4 weeks (2 hours/each) or one (1) all day (8-hour) session
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • All Risk levels

This program consists of four (4) two-hour sessions, or one (1) all-day eight-hour session, focusing on cognitive behavioral principles in addressing theft/shoplifting.  The course includes making positive choices/decisions, identifying how people, businesses, and the community are affected by shoplifters, and identifying alternatives to this behavior. TAC is an interactive program with group and individual activities.

FAB: Finance and Budgeting

  • Length: 3 sessions (3 hours)
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • All Risk levels

Finance and Budgeting sessions utilize a combination of the Taking Charge of My Finances journal from The Change Companies® and internal budgeting forms to provide information and helpful tools and techniques for participants to make responsible financial decisions. Participants are asked to examine their thinking and beliefs about money management, evaluate their current financial situation, and consider positive steps that they can take that will help them take control of their finances now and in the future.

Home Study Courses †

Home study adaptations of the Courage to Change (C2C), Fundamentals of CBT (FUN), Thinking for a Change (T4C), and Moral Reconation Therapy© (MRT) programs were made available during the COVID-19 shut down in April 2020. Participants engaged in these programs are asked to complete study guides, journals, workbooks, and homework assignments, and contact Programs staff at regular intervals to review the completed content over the phone. Prior to completion of each program, participants are required to schedule an on-site appointment with Programs Division staff to ensure all materials have been completed and post-tests are administered.

These adaptations continue to be used in both short-term and long-term situations where participants are unable to attend regularly scheduled, on-site programming at ACCC.

ACCC also requires a variety of individual assessments as part of CBT Programming, as described below.

 CBT PROGRAMS & MARKETPLACE ORIENTATION ASSESSMENTS

  • Texas Christian University-Criminal Thinking Scales
    • The TCU-CTS is administered to all participants engaging in CBT programming at ACCC. The assessment is used to measure criminal thinking intervention effectiveness and is given as a pre-test when participants attend the ACCC CBT Marketplace Orientation and again as a post-test when participants finish all of their required CBT programs. 
  • CBT Class Assessments: Pre and Post Testing
    • Class-specific pre-tests and post-tests, focusing on content knowledge and Likert Scale measurement of CBT acquisition, are administered to all participants for the Courage to Change (C2C), Fundamentals of CBT (FUN), Thinking for a Change (T4C), Moral Reconation Therapy© (MRT), Theft Awareness Class (TAC), and Alternatives to Violence (ATV) programs.
  • Wide Range Achievement Test: 4th Edition (WRAT4)
    • The WRAT4 is utilized during the CBT Marketplace Orientation to gauge reading levels of participants prior to programming. The results are used to determine the appropriateness of programs and schedule participants for classes that will offer them the greatest chances for success.

Additionally, ACCC connects individuals, referred to the CBT Marketplace Orientation for programming, with a variety of community-based services, as described below.

 

COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES

ClaimAid

Participants are offered access to ClaimAid services as part of a weekly CBT Marketplace Orientation. A ClaimAid navigator is present to guide uninsured and underinsured participants through the screening and enrollment process for federal, state, and other health coverage options, like Medicaid and the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP).

Allen County Department of Health

Participants are offered access to free HIV and Hepatitis C screening as part of a weekly CBT Marketplace Orientation. An Allen County Department of Health representative is present to complete testing on-site and results are delivered in-person or via telephone to participants within one (1) business day.

 

Park Center, Inc.

Participants are provided access to services through Park Center, Inc. through a weekly CBT Marketplace Orientation. A Park Center, Inc. representative is present to schedule an additional, more comprehensive mental health and substance abuse evaluation for those whose scores from the Global Assessment of Needs-Short Screener (GAIN-SS) and/or Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory-4th Edition (SASSI-4) indicate an elevated probability of mental health and substance use disorders. When participants are referred for additional screening, Park Center, Inc. completes an additional assessment and links participants with a variety of inpatient and outpatient services, when appropriate as determined by assessment outcomes, including individual counseling, group counseling, and Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT), to name a few.

 

LSSI Works

Participants are provided access to services through Lutheran Social Services of Indiana’s Works program. The Works program is a workforce initiative committed to providing participants with personal and professional skills to help them find a career. In addition, Lutheran Social Services provide participants with the opportunity to connect with other community partners within the region. Additional support is provided by LSSI’s case management team that includes individualized services for those experiencing housing crisis, needing assistance with job search, working on family management and parenting skills, and/or goal setting.