Porter County PACT
Founded in 1977, Porter County PACT was one of seven, federally-sponsored, community service restitution pilot programs in the nation. The program created the first comprehensive day reporting center in Indiana and partnered in the development of Indiana’s first certified Veterans Court program.  Porter County PACT currently offers twelve programs and services for male and female, adult and juvenile victims and offenders.

1356 W. Lincolnway

Valparaiso, IN 46385

219-462-1127

Director: Tammy O’Neill

Porter County PACT Programs
Day Reporting Center (DRC)

Program Description: DRC is an evidence-based program that promotes community safety through services that engage participants in assessment, case management, cognitive behavioral classroom services, and drug testing.  Staff members refer clients to appropriate treatment and help clients increase their motivation to change and participate in client advocacy.

Target Population: Adults who have been charged with felony offenses and meet the eligibility criteria listed below.

Eligibility: Must be 18 years of age or older.
• Must have a felony as their instant offense.
• Applicants are sentenced to participate by a Porter County Court.
• Must not have open warrants.
• Must not be in the country illegally.
• Must agree and be accepted for placement on electronic monitoring during the nonsuspendible portion of their sentences.
• Consistent with effective correctional practice research, priority for program placement is reserved for those individuals identified by the IRAS assessment as being at higher risk to reoffend.
• Must have access to transportation to participate in program services

Cost: $600.00, $100.00 of this is to be paid as the initial intake fee.Drug Tests: $9.00 per test.

Day Reporting Center Participant Application

Porter County Alcohol & Drug Offender Services (PCADOS)

Program Description: PCADOS is certified through the Indiana Office of Court Services to provide alcohol and drug services for individuals referred by the Court. The PCADOS program offers assessment and case management, as well as three levels of educational classes.

Target population: Adults who have been referred by a Court who have been charged with a drug or alcohol related offense

Program cost: Informational Session w/out assessment: $100.00.  Informational Session w/assessment: $200.00. Basic Education Services: $400.00. Advanced Education Services: $400.00. Transfer Out: $100.00. Assessment Only: $100.00

Porter County Adult Drug Court

Program Description:The Adult Drug Court program is operated in partnership with the Honorable Julia Jent and is certified through the Indiana Court Services as a Problem-Solving Court. The program is designed to allow participants to avoid criminal prosecution by agreeing to complete a substance abuse treatment program, remain alcohol and drug free, and complete the required case management plan. Drug Court relies on team decision-making and employs evidence-based practices, including risk and need assessment, specialized assessment, case management, cognitive behavioral services, skill training with directed practice, client referral, and client advocacy.  The program process involves the Porter County Courts, prosecutor, defense attorneys, PACT, probation, law enforcement, community social service provides and treatment providers.

Target population: Adults who have been charged with of nonviolent drug-related offenses who meet the criteria listed below 

Eligibility criteria: 

  • All participants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Participants must have been arrested for one of the following charges:
    • Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class C and D Felony
    • Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug, Class C and D Felony
    • Alcohol related Offenses, Class D Felony
    • Possession of Marijuana, Class D Felony
    • Theft, Class D Felony
    • Attempting to Obtain a Controlled Substance by Fraud or Deceit, Class D Felony
    • Forgery, Class C Felony
    • Burglary, Class C Felony
    • Prostitution, Class D Felony
    • Possession of Paraphernalia, Class D Felony
  • No open warrants
  • No prior convictions for felony battery offenses, rape, child molestation, murder or confinement
  • No charges pending out of county
  • No other pending charges excluded by the eligibility guidelines
  • Must be a resident of Porter County and referred by a Porter County Court

Program cost: All persons enrolled in the program will be assessed an initial administration fee in the amount of $100.00 and a monthly user fee of $50.00 which begins on the second month of participation. The cost for drug screens is $9.00 per drug screen.

Victim Impact Panel (VIP)

Program Description: A panel consisting of victims who have been injured by a drunk driver, or are friends/family members of someone injured or killed by a drunk driver, speaks about the impact of the accident on their lives to individuals with alcohol-related offenses.

Target population: Adults who have been convicted of alcohol-related offenses

Program cost: $40

Men's Services Programs

Stop Abuse and Violence through Education (SAVE): The Stop Abuse and Violence through Education (SAVE) program is for domestic violence offenders. Our program provides an educational process for men who batter their partners. PACT uses the Duluth Model and focuses on 10 separate themes including: Nonviolence, Nonthreatening Behavior, Respect, Trust and Support, Honesty and Accountability, Responsible Parenting, Shared Responsibility, Economic Partnership, Sexual Respect, and Negotiation and Fairness. Classes meet for 1.5 hours per session, once per week for a total of 27 sessions.

  • Target population: Men who have been referred from a Porter County Court, who have been charged with domestic battery or other offenses involving domestic violence
  • Program cost:: $875

Constructive Anger Learning Methods (CALM): The Constructive Anger Learning Methods (CALM) is a cognitive behavioral anger management program delivered to offenders. Specific targets of the CALM program are: relaxation training, which targets emotional and physiological components of anger, cognitive interventions which target cognitive processes such as hostile appraisals and attributions, irrational beliefs, and inflammatory thinking, and communication skills which target deficits in assertiveness and conflict resolution skills. This program is comprised of 12 sessions, with each session lasting one hour.

  • Target population: Men who have been referred from a Porter County Court and have been charged with an anger-related offense
  • Program cost: $400

Project Prevent Re-Occurring Offenses Project (PRO) for Men: Project PRO is designed to promote community safety through a containment team process.  Individuals referred for placement have sexual offenses and participate in assessment, groups, meetings with their probation officers, and meetings with other providers as needed for polygraph testing.

  • Target population:Adult men who have been convicted of sexual offenses
  • Program Cost: $35 per session

Thinking for a Change (T4C): T4C is an integrated cognitive behavioral change program for offenders. T4C incorporates research from cognitive restructuring theory, social skills development, and the learning and use of problem solving skills. It is comprised of 25 lessons, 2 sessions per week, with each session lasting 1.5 hours.

  • Program Cost: $875.00.

Decision Points for Men (DP): DP combines aspects of cognitive skills training and cognitive restructuring. DP teaches new attitudes and beliefs as a set of thinking skills. The program teaches offenders the thinking skills necessary for successful pro-social living. Cognitive restructuring aims to change offenders’ antisocial attitudes and beliefs. DP consists of 4 skills and is delivered in 6 lessons with each lesson lasting 1.5 hours. Each step touches on a fundamental aspect of offender’s thinking.

  • Program Cost $400.00.

 

Electronic Monitoring Services (EMS)

Program Description: PACT offers both radio frequency and GPS monitoring to enhance community-based supervision of adults and juveniles referred by the Court.  Individuals referred to Home Detention are required to adhere to strict schedules, and are to remain at their residence unless they are participating in an activity allowable by statute and authorized by program personnel, probation, and/or the sentencing Court.

Target population:Adults from any Porter County Court who have been convicted of a felony and are determined by assessment as being moderate to high risk to reoffend and meet the criteria listed below

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must have a stable residence within Porter County
  • Must have electricity and telephone service within the intended residence
  • Co-residents must be willing to agree (in writing) they are supportive of the program rules, and will abide by them.
  • Clients must be willing to agree to the terms of the program rules.
  • Clients must be willing to be placed on electrical monitoring devices (including GPS) if their offense, or offense history, requires this type of monitoring.
  • Must have no active warrants
  • Must not have pending cases in other counties/states

Program cost: Initial Hook Up Fee: $175.00. RF: $8.50 per day. GPS: $13.50 per day. Drug Testing: $9.00 per test

Home Detention Participant Application

Recovery Connection Programs

Mission: We believe that recovery is the hope and healing that can overcome the devastation of addiction. Our stance is that recovery should encompass and impact all aspects of life. Having an effective support system is crucial. Recovery Connection’s focus is to provide recovery support and assistance that focuses on the holistic well-being of mind, body, and spirit. This facilitates lifestyle balance, which we believe to be the hallmark of successful recovery. Recovery Connection respects each person’s right to choose his/her own recovery path. Program services focus on the holistic well being of mind, body, and spirit and facilitating lifestyle balance.

Programs Include: 

Recovery Navigator: Our Recovery Navigator service is offered to guide and assist persons in recovery to develop their own Personal Recovery Plan. Participants will meet with a Recovery Connection representative regularly to discuss their plan, and to work on 4 areas that support a life in recovery: Health, Home, Purpose, and Community. By developing a Personal Recovery Plan, persons who struggle with addiction can set goals for themselves and break the cycle of addiction to ensure that they are successful in their recovery path.

Peer Mentoring: Peer Mentoring is a program that trains community members to be mentors for those in recovery. Mentors in this program give encouragement, hope, assistance, guidance, and support to addicted individuals.

SMART Recovery: SMART Recovery is an abstinence-base, self-help program for people having problems with drinking and using. It includes many ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying. No one will label you an “alcoholic”, an “addict” or “diseased” nor “powerless”, and if you do not believe in a religion or spirituality, that’s fine, too. We teach common sense self-help procedures designed to empower you to abstain and to develop a more positive lifestyle.  When you succeed at following our approach, you may graduate from the program, or you may stay around to help others.

Circle of Support: Constructive and active family engagement in the recovery process is essential if the family is to heal from the destructive impact of addiction.  To move on, families need a variety of supports, information and skills.  Families need a place where they can feel safe to process the complicated and complex emotions that arise in the face of addiction and recovery.

Life-Skill Training: Life-skills training provides participants with opportunities to develop self-advocacy and sufficiency skills that are necessary for a person to succeed in their recovery.

Recovery-Safe Social Activities: Connection with others is necessary in order for a person to remain successful in their recovery. Recovery Connection offers meetings and social activities throughout the week in order for people in recovery to engage and connect with others.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA): Narcotics Anonymous offers recovery to addicts around the world. We focus on the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug.  Our message is broad enough to attract addicts from any social class or nationality.  When new members come to meetings, our sole interest is in their desire for freedom from active addiction and how we can be of help.

Program Cost: There are no fees for any Recovery Connection programs.

For more information, visit Recovery Connection’s Website: recoveryconnectionpc.org

 

 

Veterans Court

Program description:Veterans Court is certified through the Indiana Office of Court Services as a Problem-Solving Court and operated in partnership with the Honorable Julia Jent.  The program employs team decision-making and relies on the principles of evidence-based practice.  The Veterans Court also offers a mentoring component and services supported by the Veterans Administration and local treatment providers.

Target population:Justice involved Veterans who meet the criteria listed below

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • All participants must have served in the Armed Forces
  • Participants must have been charged with one of the following offenses:
    • Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class C and D Felony
    • Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug, Class C and D Felony
    • Alcohol related Offenses, Felony/Misdemeanor
    • Possession of Marijuana, Class D Felony
    • Theft, Class D Felony
    • Domestic Battery and Related Offenses, Felony/Misdemeanor
    • Battery, Felony/Misdemeanor
    • Attempting to Obtain a Controlled Substance by Fraud or Deceit, Class D Felony
    • Forgery, Class C Felony
    • Burglary, Class C Felony
    • Prostitution, Class D Felony
    • Possession of Paraphernalia, Class D Felony
    • Other offenses will be accepted on a case by case basis.
    • Participants must have no open warrants
    • Participants must have no prior convictions for rape, child molestation, or murder
    • Participants must have no charges pending out of county
    • Participants must be determined to be one of the following risk/need according to the IRAS
      • High Risk/High Need
      • -High Risk/Low Need
      • -Low Risk/High Need
      • -Upper Moderate Risk/Upper Moderate Need
  • Willingness to comply with court ordered treatment and other required program services
  • Ability to physically participate in treatment activities (within guidelines of the American Disabilities Act).
    • *Unless the individual has also received a diagnosis for a disorder (i.e., PTSD) from a qualified clinician. In these cases, an individual may be allowed to participate even if he/she has a low/risk, low/need score according to the IRAS.

Program cost: All persons enrolled in the Veterans Treatment Court program will be assessed an admission fee of $100.00 and a user fee in the amount of $50.00 per month which begins in the second month of participation.

Community Service Restitution (CSR)

Program Description: Individuals are ordered by the Court to perform a specified number of community service hours for nonprofit and governmental agencies. Clients are required to perform one day of community service per week or as sentenced by the court. One day of community service is equivalent to six hours

Target population: Adults who are ordered by the Porter County Court to perform community service

Program cost: Child Support: $25. Infractions & Class C Misdemeanors: $75. Revocations on Misdemeanor Files: $100. Class B Misdemeanors: $150. Class A Misdemeanors: $200. Revocation on Felony Level/6-4: $175. Class D Felony/Level 6: $225. Class C Felony/Level 5: $275. Class B Felony/Level 4: $325.

Women's Services Programs

Decision Point for Women (DP): DP is a manualized curriculum that is delivered to women in the criminal justice system who have been determined to be at low risk to re-offend. It combines aspects of cognitive skills training and cognitive restructuring in order to teach participants the thinking skills that are necessary for successful pro-social living. Additionally, it aims to change the participant’s antisocial attitudes and belief. DP consists of an intake session followed by a repeating series of 5 group sessions each one building on the skills learned the session before until all skill steps have been introduced and learned.

  • Target population: Women in the criminal justice system determined by assessment to have a low risk to reoffend
  • Program cost: $200

Project Prevent Re-Occurring Offenses Project (PRO) for Women: Project PRO is designed to promote community safety through a containment team process.  Individuals referred for placement have sexual offenses and participate in assessment, groups, meetings with their probation officers, and meetings with other providers as needed for polygraph testing.

  • Target population: Adult women who have been convicted of sexual offenses
  • Program Cost: $35 per session

Beyond Anger and Violence (BAV): A gender specific, evidence-based, manualized curriculum, for women of moderate to high risk for re-offending, who are in criminal justice settings (jails, prisons, and community corrections) or the community at large with histories of aggression and/or violence. It deals with the violence and trauma they have experienced, as well as the violence they may have committed. It addresses the factors that put people at risk for experiencing and/or inflicting violence.  This model is used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and was used in the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) research on women in prison.

The program is designed to assist women in understanding trauma, the multiple aspects of anger, and emotional regulation. This four level model of violence prevention considers the complex interplay between individual, relationship, community, and societal factors. Each participant receives a workbook that allows her to process and record the therapeutic experience. There are detailed and empowering tools, skill building exercises, and activities focused on self- examination. Beyond Violence is a 20 week program that meets once a week for 90 minutes.

  • Target population: Women with a history of aggression and/or violence who have been determined by assessment to be at a moderate to high-risk to reoffend
  • Program Cost: $250

Moving On (MO): A gender-responsive program that is based on theory and research concerned with women. It initially was designed for women who are involved in the criminal justice system, but can be implemented for women in the community at large. The program aims at increasing the health and well-being of women, their families, and the community. Its delivery relies on three complementary approaches-relational theory, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral intervention.

Moving On addresses skill building in the following areas: development of effective communication skills to help initiate and maintain healthy relationships; exploring the impact of unhealthy relationships and domestic violence; how to express and celebrate emotions; and how to address real-life challenges regarding relationship with self and connections with others. Moving On is a 26 week program that meets once a week for two hours.

  • Target population: Women in the criminal justice system who have been determined to be at medium, moderate, or high risk to reoffend based on assessment.
  • Program cost: $250

Moving On After Care: The acquisition of new skills requires practice, feedback and reinforcement to be sustained and perfected.  Moving On program After Care group meetings are designed to provide women this opportunity.

The Maintenance Plans completed in module six of the Moving On program will provide the basis for skills practice. The program content will generally be divided into three parts; review of Maintenance Plans, rehearsal and practice, and development of new plans. The group will serve as a platform to discuss and practice utilizing the plan. This group meets for ninety minutes, bi-weekly. There are no fees associated with this group.

  • Target population: Women who have completed the Moving On program are required to participate to a minimum of six meetings. This program is open to any woman who has been in any PACT Women’s Services programming.
  • Program cost: No fee

Healing From Trauma: Healing From Trauma is a program designed to help women begin to recover from the effects of trauma and to help them find ways to grow, flourish, and enjoy healthy relationships and happier lives. The coping skills that it presents can be useful in dealing with a variety of traumatic events, although the primary focus is on intimate partner violence. The program consists of five sessions, adapted from the eleven-session Beyond Trauma materials, which present an integrated approach to women’s treatment based on theory, research, and clinical experience. It is gender responsive, which means that it reflects an understanding of the realities of women’s lives.

The women in the group will go through a process of understanding what has happened to them and exploring how abuse has affected them. They will learn more about what abuse is and how widespread it is in women’s lives. They will also learn coping mechanisms (exercises and techniques) to help them feel grounded and safe.

  • Target population: Women who have experienced trauma and are determined to be moderate to high risk to reoffend based on assessment.
  • Program cost: No additional fee for women enrolled in any other PACT program.$200 if not enrolled in another PACT program.
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