Community ACCESS At-A-Glance
Community based program designed to deliver intensive in-home services to high-risk juvenile offenders and their families. Some of these services include assistance with housing, budgeting, paying bills, housekeeping, etc. Services also include assessment, treatment planning, and family counseling. This program stabilizes the family in order to reduce the number of commitments to the Department of Corrections. This program is only court-ordered. In collaboration with Macon County Court Services, Heritage Behavioral Health Center, and Macon County Mental Health Board.
Utilize a quality continuum of community-based services for juveniles and their families.
Our organization and the caseworkers behind Community ACCESS share the following values:
We believe in families
Healthy family systems contribute to the success of juveniles
Positive connections in the community utilizing strength based approaches increase the changes of a juvenile/family being productive members of society
There must be true collaboration and partnership between the family, community, social service agencies, system players, and stakeholders
Services offered include:
Mental health services
Substance abuse services
Community restorative boards
What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative justice is a philosophical framework which has been proposed as an alternative to the current way of thinking about crime and criminal justice. Restorative justice emphasizes the ways in which crime harms relationships in the context of the community.
Crime is viewed as a violation of the victim and the community, not just a violation of the state. As a result, the offender becomes accountable to the victim and the community, as well as the state.
Restorative justice defines accountability for offenders in terms of taking responsibility for actions, and taking action to repair the harm caused to the victim and the community.
Restorative justice provides for active participation by the victim, the offender, and the community in the process of repairing the fabric of community peace.
Evidence-based practices are the result of 30 years in the area of juvenile and criminal justice research. This research emphasizes tools and approaches that are most effective in curbing offender providers and communities should not see "evidence-based practices" as an add-on or program but as the way business is done.
There are four components:
Identification of criminogenic factors that most contribute to recidivism
Identification of tools that work most effectively with offenders
Agency structural change to support staff development and parallel those tools
System (community, family, and justice system) collaboration, coordination, and involvement to restore harm to victims and offenders