My response is based on the program of which I work. I work with a Work Release program with Male Offenders in a half-way house.
The outcome of the program is to ensure that every resident reintegrates into society with gainful employment and a positive mindset to live a conventional lifestyle. The specific goal of the program is to adequately prepare every resident mentally, physically, psychologically, and financially through treatments, counseling, and employment to reintegrate into society.
According to Yegidis, Webinach, and Myers (2017), the Program can be described as either time-limited or permanent. Yegidis, Webinach, and Myers (2017), also went on to describe the three (3) types of evaluations, which can be interpreted as follows:
1. Needs Assessment
· By conducting an initial risk/needs assessment with each resident. In the interview, we get to know what factors led the resident to the justice system, criminal history, family background, education, mental history, drugs/alcohol, domestic violence history, financials, etc.
2. Formative Evaluations
· After all the information is collected we prepare master service plan and LSI-R Score to know where the resident is at, how likely it is to repeat criminal behavior, and the frequency of sessions based on LSI-R Score. We identify the top risk needs area to work along with the resident. The master service plan also identifies modules for referrals for treatments and interventions. The Master service plan is presented to the team for approval based on the interview
· When the Master Service Plan is approved, we conduct a feedback session with the resident. We discuss based on the interview, the areas we need to work on. At this point, the resident gives consent and agreed that these are the areas he needs to work on
· When the resident agrees with the feedback, the Case Manager and resident work together to come up with a service plan. The resident comes up with his short/long term goals and measurable steps to achieve his goals
3. Outcomes Evaluations
· There is a time-bound to all service plans. A bi-weekly service plan review session is conducted to ensure that the resident understands the concept of his steps and sees how he is applying measurable steps to his daily life.
· While the resident is working on top needs, he goes for job readiness classes to prepare them for the job search process. When the resident completes job readiness, he starts to put in an application and going out to find a job. When the resident finds a job, he is required to open a bank account to save income to help him reintegrate into society. The resident is required to provide bank statements for the accountability of funds. A weekly statistic is prepared by employment and presented to the team reporting, the number of residents working, the number of residents in job readiness, the number of residents job searching, and the number of residents in school. An employment staff is required to visit every resident work site to ensure employment and attendance
· During the exit interview or discharge planning the resident can clearly explain the reasons why it is right to live a conventional lifestyle, and how he can apply the skills learned to avoid going back to the criminal justice system.
Yegidis, Webinach, & Myers (2017), explained why it is important to conduct Program Evaluation. Program Evaluation helps you see where there is a need for improvements, and where the organization's strength lies. Therefore, to evaluate my program, I will say that my program has been successful in its outcome to some extent. To further improvement, the program is working on establishing a relationship with external programs that will continue to work with residents when they are released.
According to the VOA/Fletcher website, since 2014, nearly 600 residents were able to obtain gainful employment and nearly 200 enrolled in post-secondary schools. The program has also been successful through services such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy for each resident to address criminal thinking, poor impulse control, wrong choices, poor decision making, drugs/alcohol issues, domestic violence, peers/negative influence, and educational services to pursue their goals.
However, everyone in this life has a choice to make. Therefore, it is up to the resident to decide to continue to practice skills learned to remain focus and stay out of the criminal justice system
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