Adult Reentry Services
- Risk/Needs assessment. The validated risk/needs assessment tool,COMPAS 8, is used to assess individuals when they enter the criminal justice system to determine programming needs during and after incarceration.COMPAS 8 includes a gender-responsive re-entry scale that has been validated on women. All staff administering the COMPAS 8 assessment have received specialized training.
- Thinking for a Change. Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an evidence-based integrated cognitive behavioral curriculum that promotes more accurate and useful thinking and teaches social and problem-solving skills. Trained facilitators deliver the program to small groups of offenders in 22 lessons. This program is appropriate for incarcerated individuals, as well as those on probation and parole and can be expanded to meet the needs of specific groups.
- Goal-setting and communication. Goal-setting and communication classes are adapted from Targeted Interventions for Corrections by the Institute of Behavioral Research at Texas Christian University. In goal-setting classes, participants are encouraged to commit to a specific behavior or attitude they want to change. Communication classes help participants focus on ways to improve their relationships by learning to make amends, forgive, let go of resentments and recognize healthy, supportive relationships.
- Anger management. In the six-week class, What’s Good About Anger, trained facilitators help offenders understand that anger is a normal emotion. Participants learn how to transform angry energy into positive energy that can be used to nurture healthy, personal relationships and achieve positive life changing goals.
Theft Remediation Services – StopLift
Juvenile shoplifters examine their personal motives for stealing, learn about the legal consequences of continuing to steal and gain skills to prevent a reoccurrence of the behavior. This intensive, one-day retail theft remediation class is modeled after the Minnesota Youth Intervention Program Association’s evidence-based program, Stolen Minutes. All instructors are trained and have experience working with at-risk youth. Juveniles are referred by District Judges and pay a $100 fee in lieu of a judicially-imposed fine. There is a $20 rescheduling fee added when a class is missed. For more information, including class schedules and fees, please call 610-432-3919 ext 1179 or email gro.v1493151707lafbP1493151707@nero1493151707dnavl1493151707. Referrals may be made directly via fax at 610-841-0044. Please indicate on the fax that this is a referral for juvenileStopLift and provide all contact information for the individual being referred and the individual making the referral.
Transitional Residence Continuum of Care Initiative
Homeless women who are transitioning out of the criminal justice system or who are at risk of criminal behavior may participate in the Transitional Residence Continuum of Care Initiative with their children for 12 to 18 months. The Initiative includes subsidized housing in a seven-unit apartment building in Center City Allentown, owned and operated by Pinebrook Family Answers, and comprehensive support services. Women must be referred by a social service agency and submit a formal application. Successful applicants must demonstrate that they have made an effort to adopt positive lifestyle changes and that they are able to support themselves and their children with the help of subsidized housing and supported services. These services help the women achieve individual goals such as maintaining recovery from addiction, establishing and maintaining healthy relationships, improving parenting skills and family bonding, and improving personal and household budgeting skills.