The fifth annual All-Sites Summit will feature training relevant to the breadth of Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) programs. This year's summit will focus on peer learning around innovations at ARI sites and current critical issues including the Affordable Care Act.
The summit will include panel presentations, sessions on best practices from the field, updates from ARI sites, and time for networking.
Those expected to attend are a spectrum of ARI site stakeholders including but not limited to judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers, probation staff and supervisors, program coordinators, and researchers. Summit content is structured for relevancy to a broad group of stakeholders. In addition to current ARI program representation, planning grantees are welcome and have previously benefited from exposure to current ARI programs and system-wide training.
Adult Redeploy Illinois is a state initiative providing funding and technical assistance to local jurisdictions to support the diversion of non-violent offenders from prison to more effective and less expensive community-based supervision and services.
ARI sites use grant funds to design and implement local programs that address offenders' risks and needs and leverage their assets (family support, employment) to improve public safety and offender outcomes. ARI has grown from five initial pilot sites in early 2011, to the current 22 sites implementing 24 programs covering 39 Illinois counties (as of February 2015).
Based on 2014 Summit feedback, the 2015 ARI All-Sites Summit will focus on peer learning around innovations at ARI sites and current critical issues including the Affordable Care Act. The Summit will include panel presentations, sessions on best practices from the field, updates from ARI sites, and time for networking.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, Program Manager, Adult Redeploy Illinois.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and expanded Medicaid allow for unprecedented access to critical substance abuse and behavioral health services for vulnerable populations, including justice-involved people. The ability to leverage the ACA for the justice-involved population holds significant potential to impact outcomes on an individual, community and state level. This presentation by TASC, a state and national expert on the ACA’s impact on the justice system, covered the current status of ACA implementation in Illinois and its effect on the criminal justice system. Strategies for leveraging the ACA were discussed and the audience shared successes, strategies and challenges.
Eight Adult Redeploy Illinois sites representing a breadth of program models from across Illinois provided brief presentations of current ARI-funded activities highlighting recent innovations. Presenting sites include the 2nd Judicial Circuit, the 4th Judicial Circuit, Cook County-Access to Community Treatment (ACT) Court, LaSalle County, Madison County, Peoria County, Sangamon County, and Grundy County. Specific innovations for discussion included hiring mobile substance abuse counselors in rural drug courts, site training with the National Drug Court Institute, leveraging the Affordable Care Act in an urban environment, re-tooling a new program to increase enrollment, implementing a Community Restorative Board (CRB), accessing community services, using the Risk and Needs Triage Tool (RANT) in drug court, creating a drug court treatment track, providing employment programming, and engaging in the ARI planning process.
This panel provided different perspectives on how Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) sites and adult diversion programs engage law enforcement. Panelists discussed the strategies, benefits, successes and challenges of law enforcement involvement at ARI sites and adult diversion programs in general. Providing insight from both rural and urban experiences across Illinois, specific discussion issues included law enforcement on drug court teams, county jail collaboration, screening and assessment for substance abuse and behavioral health in county jails, swift and certain sanctions, interagency communication, triage centers, and the role of street level law enforcement.
Recovery-oriented systems of care, the use of recovery supports and the importance of aftercare in Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) are critical to long-term participant success; however, program budgets have not always allowed for these components. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and expanded Medicaid can lead to cost shifting in criminal justice diversion programs, freeing up funds previously spent on treatment for more recovery-oriented program components. This breakout session highlighted two sites that are leveraging recovery supports to strengthen aftercare in their programs: Lake County and Effingham County. Lake County discussed the effect of a newly implemented recovery check-in system and other aftercare components on participant success and the local problem solving court system. The Wellness Loft, a treatment provider collaborating with Effingham County, discussed the Communities Restoring Wellness (CRW) program, which uses restorative justice principles, pairs problem solving court graduates with adult mentors, and facilitates meaningful community service projects to aid in the successful reintegration of individuals into the community.
Data collection and analysis in Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) and adult diversion programs are important for both fidelity to evidence-based practices and program sustainability. This session covered the use and importance of consistent and accurate date to improve programs, including leveraging data to arrive at better outcomes. Upcoming national and state standards related to data, evaluation and quality improvement were discussed. Participants learned about harnessing data for improvements both in-house and at collaborating treatment providers, and presenting data to communicate successes with funders, community members, county officials and other justice-system stakeholders.
Adult Redeploy Illinois staff reviewed the SFY16 Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) funding process and timeline. Topics covered included the Illinois state budget, important dates, required documents, and the timeframe for program changes. The presentation is relevant to renewing ARI sites, new ARI sites, and jurisdictions interested in implementing an ARI program in the future.