We are committed to applying effective evidence-based programming to encourage positive choices and change in our participants, improving their quality of life and our community. Cass Pulaski Community Corrections is founded upon the eight principles of effective intervention outlined below.
Assess Actuarial Risk/Needs:
We believe in the need to maintain an ongoing system of risk screening and needs assessment and that said assessments are most reliable when staff is formally trained.
Enhance Intrinsic Motivation:
We believe that staff should communicate with clients in a responsive and constructive manner.
We believe that the staff should target interventions by prioritizing supervision and treatment resources for higher risk clients; target interventions to criminogenic needs; be responsive to temperament, learning style, motivation, gender, and culture when assigning programs.
Skill Train with Directed Practice:
We believe that, in order to be effective, the department has to provide evidence-based programming that emphasizes cognitive behavioral strategies and is devolved by trained facilitators.
Increase Positive Reinforcement:
We believe that, when learning new skills and making behavioral changes, most people respond better and maintain learned behaviors longer when provided with positive reinforcement.
Engage Ongoing Support in Natural Communities:
We believe that clients are best served when they actively engage in pro-social support in their community.
Measure Relevant Processes/Practices:
We believe that accurate and detailed documentation of case information, along with a formal and valid mechanism for measuring outcomes, is the foundation of evidence-based practices.
Provide Measurement Feedback:
We believe that a multi-layer quality assurance system is essential to monitor the delivery of services and maintain fidelity and reliability.
Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice (2009) Implementing Evidence Based Policy and Practice in Community Corrections, 2nd ed. Washington, DC, National Institute of Corrections