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Milwaukee County Day Reporting Center (DRC)
1673 S. 9th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone: (414) 933-1516
Fax: (414) 342-8847
Hours of Operation:
7:30am to 4:00pm
OBJECTIVE OF THE MILWAUKEE COUNTY DAY REPORTING CENTER (DRC)
The DRC is an alternative to incarceration for non-violent pretrial and sentenced misdemeanor and felony offenders. Program participation is designed to divert offenders from jail into a community alternative, while maintaining public safety and reducing detention costs. The goal of the DRC is to effectively supervise and treat offenders by addressing their identified criminogenic risks and needs. The desired outcomes for participants are: to remain crime free with no new arrests, to satisfy all court obligations, obtain and maintain sobriety, obtain employment or be job ready upon program completion, and to achieve academic attainment.
The DRC will incorporate Evidence-Based Principles (EBP) into its service delivery to effectively address criminogenic needs and reduce recidivism. All staff will be trained in these principles, and the leadership will ensure fidelity to EBP through a Continuous Quality Improvement process involving direct observation, data management, and participant feedback.
Milwaukee County Day Reporting Center Brochure
PARTNERS OF THE WCS MILWAUKEE COUNTY DAY REPORTING CENTER
REFERRAL SOURCES AND PROCESS
Referrals to the DRC may come from Judges, attorneys, and the Department of Community Corrections. The leadership at the DRC will ensure all referrals meet the criteria for participation in the program. The DRC Case Managers utilize the LSI-R risk assessment tool to gauge the level of risk, as only moderate to low-risk offenders will be served at the DRC. Services on-site: (Women will receive primary services on-site at the Benedict Center, and will report to the DRC weekly for case management, drug testing, community service and employment services).
SECURITY - WCS
The objectives of the Security Officers are to:
1. Maintain safety at the DRC by responding swiftly and consistently to incidents and violations
2. Maintain a positive physical and social environment
3. Support offenders in making progress toward their individual goals.
CASE MANAGEMENT - WCS
The objectives of the case management/community supervision component of the DRC are to: 1. Assess and understand criminogenic risk and need; 2. Reduce the likelihood of recidivism by targeting the unique criminogenic needs of clients using evidence-based practices; 3. Improve communication and information-sharing with other stakeholders in the criminal justice system in regard to case-level decisions, which will impact overall decision-making; and 4. Help to create and maintain an environment that promotes and increases community safety in Milwaukee County.
ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG COUNSELING - WCS (male participants) and The Benedict Center (female participants)
All participants will be assessed to determine eligibility for AODA services at the DRC. Those deemed appropriate for individual and/or group AODA counseling will be served by credentialed staff following the Matrix Model for males OR Stages of Change and Seeking Safety for females. The treatment services have specific objectives which are customized to the six different levels of service within the Matrix Model, as well as to the specific AODA curriculum for females.
COGNITIVE INTERVENTION GROUPS - WCS (male participants) and The Benedict Center (female participants)
All participants will be screened for eligibility to participate in Cognitive Intervention Groups. The WCS Cognitive Intervention Instructor will deliver the Thinking For a Change Curriculum, and the Benedict Center will follow the Moving On Curriculum, which is gender specific for women. Low-risk offenders will not participate in Cognitive Intervention Groups at the DRC. The Cognitive Intervention Programming has specific objectives defines based on the specific curriculum.
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION SERVICES - Milwaukee Area Technical College
All DRC participants will be assessed for their educational needs. MATC will utilize the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) Assessment, and the results generate a personalized study plan for each student. A Personalized Education Plan is developed by staff with learner input. The instructors utilize pre and post-test scores in order to measure academic achievement or educational gains.
EMPLOYMENT COUNSELING - INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP - WCS
Participants with a sixth grade reading level are eligible for employment services at the DRC. The program consists of 10 modules and 16 hours of Targeted Employment Search, and the curriculum is designed to facilitate immediate job attachment and elimination of the greatest need the participant faces to retain that position, to integrate preparatory lessons with targeted employment search to maximize application of lessons, and to strengthen individual relationships to increase accountability and commitment of both the client and the employment counselor. Assessments are utilized to determine those participants who need life skills assistance due to the barrier lack of these skills presents to gaining employment. The goal of the employment counseling services is to provide motivated job seekers with the knowledge and skills to obtain and retain immediate employment as part of a long-term career plan.
PARENTING AND FATHERHOOD CLASSES - Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin
CSSW will provide two curricula at the DRC: the Nurturing Fathers Program and the Nurturing Parents Program. These programs are designed to teach parenting and nurturing skills to men while developing skills and attitudes for male nurturance. Participants will learn the secrets for creating safe, loving, stable and nurtured families, positive discipline tools, effective family communication, strategies to stop fighting and arguing through conflict resolution and problem solving, and how to achieve cooperation and teamwork in family life. The Benedict Center will provide a nurturing parenting program for females referred to the DRC.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND PEACEMAKING CIRCLES - The Benedict Center
Restorative Justice Community Service may be court ordered or voluntary, and participants prepare for service by participating in lessons in team building, civic responsibility and the harm caused by the crime. Priority is given to court ordered participants. Peacemaking Circles will be facilitated to reinforce lessons learned through community service, to raise awareness of the harm done to relationships by drug offenses, harness the power of pro-social peer-to-peer mentoring, and build leadership and peacemaking skills to avoid conflict and violence. There are multiple goals of the Restorative Justice Community Service, including providing opportunities for offenders to be accountable for the harm they have done in the community by giving service.