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Unit 8 - Pre-Release and ATR Mental Health

Institution Unit Supervisor: Tim Reichenberger


The objective of the Daily Incentive (DI) program is to assist the inmate in developing and maintaining a sense of self-regulated emotions and pro-social behaviors so that the inmate is able to transition to a less restrictive setting.


Inmates participating in the DI program will develop and maintain an increased sense of self-regulation and adaptive behaviors so that they are able to transition to a less restrictive environment.  

Unit Description

The DI program is designed or suited primarily for inmates who present problematic behaviors and have difficulty maintaining pro-social behaviors in a less structured environment. The DI program integrates the "recovery" and "decompression" models of treatment in providing behavioral feedback. The unit program is designed to foster awareness and adaptation of self-control as well as enhancing appropriate social interactions with peers and institution staff. The unit operates as an inter-disciplinary management program, structured to provide rapid feedback about their behaviors. The inter-disciplinary treatment team reviews inmate progress daily and identifies individual treatment needs. Along with the Wisconsin Resource Center's objective and goals, the B8 team focuses on empowering inmates to learn the necessary skills for improving the quality of institutional life and to enhance self-reliance and confidence.

The DI program includes ratings that measure interactions with peers, interactions with staff, rule compliance (limits), and activity and school involvement. A target behavior (special) may also be added through the treatment learning plan (TLP) process, or at treatment team discretion to assist the inmate in identifying a specific challenge that needs to be addressed. These measures are shared with the individual in a coaching/teaching approach to assist them in recognizing their level of skill development. Once outcome measures indicate skill attainment, then the individual can petition and be reviewed for the maintenance stage of the DI program or a less restrictive setting such as another program unit.

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Last Revised:  April 23, 2014