Institution Unit Supervisor and ATR Coordinator: Janice Roberts
Unit B5 provides an environment that promotes rehabilitation with re-entry planning, medication management, independent living skills, job skills, personal responsibility, and self-control to reintegrate the resident to the community. Unit B5 houses inmates as well as individuals under alternative to revocation (ATR) statuses, and it is expected that all are involved in individualized programming.
In preparation for a successful transition into the community, develop a supportive environment that provides inmates the opportunity to learn and practice skills, and make independent choices which promote wellness and recovery. Teams will consistently teach, model, and reinforce appropriate behavior and healthy communication in a safe and secure setting.
The objective of unit B5 is to provide skills and practice necessary for successful re-entry to the community. The unit provides a community-based environment with practice in budgeting. The program is choice-based and each resident receives $30 of simulated money in an account for monthly expenses. Room and board is collected on the 1st of the month. It includes 3 meals per day and a set amount of hygiene items. Anything beyond the room and board expenses must be prioritized for value and budgeted for as needed. Treatment interventions and coaching will promote applying skills to manage independently in the community.
Inmates are provided the opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary groups, unit activities, individualized counseling sessions, as well as other specialized social work, recreation therapy, and psychological services in an effort to achieve the following goals:
- To assess any needs for release to the community and provide information and referrals to promote public safety and offender success.
- Improve and encourage independent living and coping skills.
- To educate offenders about the use and importance of prescribed medications.
- To help obtain services and documents required upon release (i.e. Social Security, Medical Assistance, psychiatric follow-up, and ID documents).
- To promote healthy lifestyles and constructive use of leisure time.
- To develop a working wellness plan prior to release.
- To enhance support systems and resources in the community prior to release.
- To work cooperatively with the Division of Community Corrections, state and county mental health service agencies, and private agencies to develop viable release plans.