In collaboration with the Office of Community Corrections, the county-based Sheriff's Departments, Probation, Parole, and the Department of Correction, AdCare Criminal Justice Services provides a variety of intermediate sanction treatment programs through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ACJS is the largest single provider of community corrections education and treatment services in the Commonwealth, with programs in Barnstable, Bristol, Essex, Hampshire, and Suffolk Counties.
Substance Abuse Treatment
The ACJS treatment model that operates at the Community Corrections Centers is based on research that demonstrates the effectiveness of treatment programs in reducing recidivism. All of AdCare's programs are directed at increasing an alternatively sanctioned offender's accountability and responsibility, and to effect positive behavioral change. For lowest possible relapse and recidivism rate, as well as meaningful growth-oriented recovery, services focus on measurable sobriety and crime-free living, relapse prevention, and pro-social life skills development.
As part of the multidisciplinary team providing treatment to criminal offenders, ACJS Adult Educators facilitate academic and vocational skill building groups. Specialized Educational services allow for treatment concepts to be integrated with academic programming and for classes to be taught in a manner most conducive to the learning style of individuals in early recovery. Educators also teach skills such as resume writing, interviewing, and professional communication styles to the criminal justice client preparing to enter the work force.
Lifeskills Programs and Vocational Readiness
Many criminal offenders have deficits in a multitude of life skills that are essential for living lives free of substance abuse and criminal behavior. The ACJS curriculum has been designed to respond to this need. Groups and case management services include opportunities for offenders to build competency in all areas of life management, including budgeting, meeting legal obligations, accessing services, planning and organizing, and seeking help appropriately. Job developers work with sentenced offender to develop the skills, demeanor, and resources necessary to seek and maintain employment upon release from correctional sanctions. Job skills and lifeskills are powerful tools that can greatly reduce the likelihood of both relapse and recidivism.
ACJS operates a toll-free reentry support line available to all men and women who have completed ACJS programs. In addition, offender specific aftercare and early recovery groups are available to newly released inmates in many of our outpatient locations. These groups offer the offender-specific support that is crucial to the man or woman navigating the complex challenges of early recovery and reintegration.