Specialized Caseloads

Specialized caseloads provide specialized supervision for high- risk offenders. This department has developed specific units to most effectively supervise these types of offenders.

High Risk Caseloads

The High Risk Offender caseload targets high risk/high needs felony offenders with histories of violent or assaultive offenses. Appropriate offenders are directed into Cognitive classes, job training, GED testing and programming to aid them in redirecting their behavior. Probation Officers work in close conjunction with law enforcement authorities to monitor offender activities in the community and to take immediate action when violations occur.

Youthful Offender Caseload

The Youthful Offender caseload targets high risk/high needs youthful felony offenders who have a limited criminal history and/or have limited or no access to resources. The caseload provides maximum supervision, intervention, and resource linkage to offenders seventeen to twenty-one (17-21) years of age, with an emphasis on assisting young adults to complete education goals and develop employment and pro-social skills.

Substance Abuse Caseloads

The Substance Abuse caseload targets high-risk/needs felony offenders who abuse alcohol or drugs. These caseloads may also include offenders who are participating in a Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility aftercare program. The goal of these caseloads is to reduce recidivism and address addiction by providing comprehensive assessment, treatment/counseling, and intensive rehabilitation supervision. An emphasis on relapse prevention through appropriate case management is a unit priority.

State Jail Caseload

A State Jail caseload serves State Jail felons sentenced to serve time as a sanction for probation non-compliance or offenders who are directly sentenced to serve State Jail time “up front” as a condition of probation. While housed at the State Jail, offenders may participate in programming such as GED classes, Life Skills, and 12 Step Meetings. The Probation Officer meets with the offender while they are in custody to review their conditions of community supervision and to set a reporting date to meet their supervising PO. This Officer evaluates the offender’s needs and determines if intensive supervision on a specialized caseload is needed, or if the offender is appropriate for supervision on a field caseload.

Mental Health Caseloads

Mental Health caseloads target high-risk/high-need felony offenders who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. Offenders with mental impairments generally present a variety of special needs and are frequently at higher risk to harm themselves and/or the community. Probation Officers are trained specifically to supervise this type of offender. This caseload affords Officers the ability to closely monitor compliance as well as maintain contact with mental health professionals involved in the treatment of these offenders.

Intellectual and Developmental Disability/Degenerative Disorder Caseload

Offenders on these caseloads demonstrate a wide variety of special needs. The term “Developmentally Disabled” refers to offenders diagnosed with Borderline Intellectual Functioning and Learning Disabilities. “Degenerative Disorders” refers to offenders who suffer from dementia caused by injuries, medical disorders, and/or substance/inhalant abuse.

Sex Offender Caseloads

The Sex Offender Caseload serves to provide maximum supervision, intervention, and referral to therapy for offenders who are on community supervision for a sexually related offense, which meets the criteria for inclusion in the State Sex Offender Registration Program. This Specialized Caseload is designed to provide close supervision to sex offenders by monitoring their therapeutic treatment and ensuring that they are in compliance with their “no contact”, residence and registration requirements.

Programs

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is an intensive outpatient treatment program that provides treatment services for 1000 probationers annually who have been assessed as having high risk factors for anti-social thinking and/or substance abuse. The Counseling Center offers five types of program for both males and females: Intensive Outpatient Program for substance abuse, a Cognitive Skills Enhancement program to address antisocial thinking and behavior, Continuing Care program for those who have completed an IOP or residential treatment program, Misdemeanor DWI Court Program and a Youthful Offender Support Court Program. All referrals to Counseling Center programs are a condition of probation.

CSR-Community Service Restitution

Offenders are court ordered to complete a specific number of CSR hours during their term of probation. CSR is volunteer work at non-profit and government agencies. The Adult Probation Department maintains service agreements with various agencies within the community who participate as CSR sites. The Department also schedules and supervises work crews on weekends to assist offenders in meeting their CSR obligations.

Pre-Trial Diversion Program

This program serves first time offenders arrested or cited with a Class A or Class B misdemeanor offense, with the exception of Driving While Intoxicated, charges involving violence and charges involving sexual activity. The offender enters into an agreement with the County Attorney and the Adult Probation Department to complete the six (6) month program. S/he will complete a minimum of 24 hours Community Service Restitution, pay a $150.00 fee, and attend any classes deemed necessary. If they complete the program, the case will be dismissed and is eligible for expunction. If, however, at any time during the program, the offender does not follow through with the agreement or is arrested for a subsequent offense, the case is referred back to the County Attorney's Office so prosecution can resume in court.

Literacy and GED Education Program

The Adult Probation Department currently contracts with Austin Community College (ACC) to provide instruction to offenders who do not have a GED or high school diploma. ACC provides the instructor five (5) days a week for four (4) hours a day, and the Adult Probation Department provides the class space and materials. When an offender is ready to take a GED test, s/he is given a voucher to test at ACC. Once the offender has passed all the tests and receives his/her GED, s/he is given fifty (50) hours CSR credit. Offenders can also access community-based literacy, ESL, and GED preparation programs.

SMART Program – Substance Abuse Residential Treatment Program

SMART is a 116-bed substance abuse treatment program that provides residential treatment and continuing care services to offenders with substance abuse offenses or a history of chemical dependency. The program includes the SMART Re-Entry Court, a problem-solving court that supports the Continuing Care treatment.

In addition to substance abuse treatment and the SMART Re-Entry Court, SMART includes 3 essential components that research has shown to be essential to success:

  1. continuing care,
  2. intensive attention to anti-social thinking for high risk/case-control and limit setting offenders, and
  3. a family program that is designed to assist family members.

PREA Policy

CSTAP - Community Supervision Treatment Alternatives Program

CSTAP - Community Supervision Treatment Alternatives Program
Funding by TDCJ-CJAD provides for assessment and outpatient or residential treatment services for offenders with alcohol and/or drug problems. If at all possible, offenders contribute toward the cost of their assessment and subsequent treatment. Service providers are identified through a competitive bid process every three years.

Rodolfo Pérez, Jr., Director

Location:
411 W 13th St,
7th Floor, Ste 722,
Austin, TX 78701

McKinney Falls Phone: (512) 854-2723
McKinney Falls Fax: (512) 854-4612
Burnet Road Phone: (512) 854-9775
Burnet Road Fax: (512) 854-5433
Central Phone: (512) 854-4600
Central Fax: (512) 854-4606
Voice-4-Net: (800) 451-3887

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2245, Austin, TX, 78768-2245

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