DMC exists in Montana and particularly in Cascade County at points of arrest and secure detention. The project goal (long-term) is to improve DMC in Cascade County and Montana. The overall project design is three-pronged. The project will enhance the capacity of state/local DMC Committees to sustain stakeholder engagement and to develop and accomplish DMC Reduction Strategic Plans. State/local Committees will implement a DMC Reduction Model within 12 months. Through completion of a DMC Point of Arrest Study, the project will inform state and local stakeholders regarding factors contributing to DMC at point of arrest and enable identification and implementation of an evidence-based intervention at point of arrest. The project will also accomplish an evidence-based intervention at point of secure detention for an identified American Indian population with disparate detentions (juveniles on Probation with runaway history or at high risk for runaway). Strong collaboration exists and will be strengthened between MBCC, the University of Montana and Alliance for Youth to accomplish the Project goals, objectives and state and local strategies.
Alliance for Youth have several policy and programs that have been implemented in order to reduce disproportionality at point of arrest and detention, reduce the use of unnecessary detention, and interrupt the cycle of repeat offenders within Cascade County. One program in particular is a newly implemented curriculum that is being administered through Youth Court Services. Two youth Probation Officers have been trained in the Cognitive Change Curricula are administering classes that target specific offense types (PFMA, Assault, & Theft) within our Jurisdiction with a curriculum developed through NCTI - National Training and Curriculum Training Institute. Probation Officers, Bloomgren and Riphenburg, are administering several class types including: Anger Management 1 & 2, Misdemeanor Offense Class and Shoplifting Classes for the offense types discussed above. Every other month a class is conducted. Once the class is completed Bloomgren and Riphenburg complete 30 and 60 day follow up call with the participants/clients.
In this program the probation officer will do the following: instruct individuals in clarifying the relationship between values, attitudes, and behaviors; implement an array of cognitive behavioral and offense specific curricula for juvenile and adult individuals; assist the client in identifying their own learning styles using NCTI’s Real Colors® Personality Instrument; facilitate the group process using cognitive behavioral techniques; construct open-ended questions to elicit an intrinsic commitment to change; use group process techniques to involve even the most disinterested individuals; and use the Personal Awareness Journal™ as a tool to reinforce cognitive learning.
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