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COVID-19 ACCC & Community Updates 

Allen County Community Corrections is taking precautionary measures to protect our attendees and staff by increasing our social distancing measures. Allen County Community Corrections remains open and operational with all the General Rules and Special Conditions to ACCC being enforced.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Guide - Services

Allen County Community Corrections is working diligently to keep all clients updated on any changes we may receive in regards to government offices or helpful information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Notice from Allen Superior Court on Residential and Commercial Evictions

Allen Superior Court has created a video explaining the current state of affairs pertaining to residential and commercial evictions in Indiana. Restrictions were placed on evictions by the Governor’s orders declaring a public health emergency in Indiana.

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1yMqjN1wz8

Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/AllenCounty/

 

Covid-19 Testing Sites

A location for Coronovirus testing is New Covenant Worship Center, located at 3420 E. Paulding Road. Testing hours are Mon-Fri from 8AM to 8PM. Appointments can be made online or via 888-634-1116.

Additional Testing sites available as of October 1, 2020 include the following with hours M/W 9-4pm, T/TH 10-5pm, Sat 9-2pm, Closed Fridays and Sundays: 3003 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805; 1230 Ruston Pass, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825

Please be on the lookout for more information, should there be further information to share. Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding – we are committed to the safety and health of our staff, clients, and visitors.

 


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Mission Statement

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.

Who We Are

Allen County Community Corrections is comprised of an experienced and diverse staff of nearly 135 individuals. Our employees have been trained in various disciplines including: administration, law enforcement, corrections, social work, psychology, security, case management, investigation, education, supervision, mental health, and statistics.

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  Community Corrections Payment Windows Hours



The Community Corrections payment window hours are:

Monday thru Thursday- 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday- 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday- 7:45 am to 10:45 am

Payments can also be made online at this link.

 

Continued, Historical Demonstrative Reductions in Recidivism



Recently, Allen County Community Corrections (ACCC) conducted its recent recidivism study, utilizing data captured on a daily, ongoing basis from the last ten (10) years (2011 – 2021) and performing a comparative analysis with data captured from its last recidivism study, which encompassed eleven (11) years of data from 2008 through 2019, with favorable outcomes illustrative of the agency’s dedication to community safety and adherence to ongoing evaluation and improvement.

The study involved examining ten years’ worth of individuals’ supervision completion and non-completion data and following those same individuals, for three (3) years following their date of release, for recidivism (or new arrests and/or charges). Most notably, the ACCC recidivism study defines “recidivism” as any new felony/misdemeanor arrest, regardless of whether the arrest least to conviction, excluding parole or probation violations and infractions, occurring within a three-year period post-release.

As a further expansion to this study and comparative analysis, recidivism rates for a number of variables were taken into account, including recidivism rates by age, gender, race, education, and level (or type) of supervision for completers and non-completers, which demonstrated systemic reductions in recidivism from 30.2% in 2008 – 2019 to 24.4% in 2011 – 2021. Simply put, this means that of all the individuals who completed supervision in 2011 - 2021, be they “completers” or “non-completers”, only 24.4% were re-arrested, which is 5.8% fewer individuals who were re-arrested compared to completers and non-completers in 2008 – 2019.

Such continued noteworthy reductions are a testament to the agency’s strong adherence to evidence-based practices and principles of effective intervention while holding its program participants accountable and promoting their success.

  Joint Veterans Court



The Joint Allen County Veterans Court of the Allen Circuit and Superior courts held a graduation ceremony at the University of Saint Francis on November 12, 2020 to honor nine veterans completing the program. The ceremony marked the 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 Allen County Joint Veterans Court is a judicially supervised court docket that reduces correctional costs, protects community safety and improves public welfare. Dr. Clifford Buttram, Jr. of the University of Saint Francis was the Honored Guest Speaker for the ceremony.

  ACCC Hosts Legislative Tour


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On behalf of the Allen County Board of Commissioners, Allen County Community Corrections hosted the members of the Northeast Indiana delegation on a tour of the new ACCC Residential Services facility on October 27, 2020. ACCC would like to thank Senator Liz Brown, Senator Andy Zay, Rep. David Abbott, Rep. Dan Leonard, and Rep. Denny Zent for taking time out of their extremely busy schedules to visit and for their ongoing partnership and support for criminal justice initiatives in Allen County and Indiana.

  Community Corrections Residential Services Program







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The Allen County Community Corrections Residential Services Program, located on 7117 Venture Lane, opened on August 25, 2020. The program serves as an alternative to incarceration for individuals ordered by the Allen Circuit or Superior Courts, as a sanction or alternative to revocation and incarceration.

Placements may also be used by ACCC as a last stop prior to ordering the participant 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 do not have suitable housing options. Program participants are subject to 24 hour a day supervision through residential placement, which may include GPS supervision while in the community, individualized 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.

A small group of voluntary Advisory Board members and local judiciary assembled as a formal work group to assist in the development of policies and procedures to guide this new level of programming and supervision. This group consists of the Honorable Frances Gull, Allen Superior Court, the Honorable David Zent, Allen Superior Court, the Honorable Wendy Davis, Allen Superior Court, William Lebrato, Chief Public Defender, Michael McAlexander, Allen County Prosecutor’s Chief Deputy, and Charles Clark, President, Parkview Behavioral Health Institute. Please direct any inquiries or questions about this program to ACCC Executive Director, Kim Churchward.

  Schedule and Pass Request Kiosk


ACCC now has a Schedule and Pass Request kiosk in the lobby. Participants have the opportunity to use the kiosk to submit weekly schedules and to submit pass requests while the lobby is open. These forms are also accessible under the “Download Forms” section.

  GovPayNet Fee Lowered


GovPayNet now has a reduced credit card transaction service fee of 2.65 % of the payment amount with a minimum fee of $1.00 became effective 3/19/2020. This transaction service fee replaces the previous fee of 3.5% of the payment amount and the previous minimum fee of $3.50 for payments less than $100.00. The transaction fee charged by GopvPay will be reflected on payment receipts and card statements.

  Eddie Sites Recognized by Indiana Criminal Justice Association


On October 9, 2019, the Indiana Criminal Justice Association (ICJA) recognized and honored Eddie Sites as the ICJA Community Corrections Employee of the Year for 2019 at the Annual State Fall Conference. ICJA has a tradition of recognizing only those correctional employees who have a proven record of dedicated and effective service to our profession.

Eddie has shown strong commitment to ACCC by sharpening his professional skills with ongoing training and consistent promotion of teamwork and leadership within the ACCC Field Division. Eddie also previously served in the United States Marine Corps with distinction.

Congratulations Eddie!

  HOPE Probation Recognized by Fort Wayne Medical Society


Fort Wayne Medicine Quarterly, a quarterly publication of the Fort Wayne Medical Society, highlighted the HOPE program in Allen County, supervised by Allen Superior Court Judge Wendy Davis. The program is targets offenders who pose a low threat to the community but threaten their own well-being through drug and alcohol addiction or repeated probation violations.  The HOPE probation initiative is an alternative to jail that includes random drug and alcohol testing.

  HOPE Probation Nationally Recognized for Solution to the Addiction Crisis

 

 


Addiction Policy Forum, a leading national nonprofit, recently recognized Allen Superior Court's HOPE (Hoosiers Opportunity Probation with Enforcement) Probation program in its Indiana Innovations to Address Addiction report, spotlighting programs addressing addiction and supporting communities and families affected by addiction. Having originated in Hawaii, and introduced to Indiana by Allen Superior Court Judge Wendy Davis in 2011, the HOPE concept is designed for offenders posing little to no threat to the community with personal risks that would impact their well-being through substance abuse or repeated probation violations. Allen Superior Court's response to addiction via the adaptation of the HOPE concept, and utilization of a HOPE Probation team, allows Allen County to better serve individuals by providing treatment as part of the solution to addiction, rather than punishment by incarceration.

Along with its inclusion in the Indiana Innovations report, the HOPE program was presented with an award in Indianapolis on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, for its collaborative efforts in eliminating addiction. Sending congratulations to the HOPE team for their award, Indiana Senator Mike Braun wrote, "All over our country, countless families are being affected by the scourge of drug addiction. Every day, more and more Americans and Hoosiers lose their lives to addiction. I applaud the work [the Hope Probation team has] done to aid in addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery."

To date, the HOPE Probation team consisting of the Prosecutor, Public Defender, Community Corrections, treatment service providers, probation, and a faith-based representative have helped 354 people formally graduate from the program.

  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.


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.

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