Cognitive Outreach Groups (COG) Program
Coordinator: Zach Jeffries
Since November 10, 2008, Cowley County Community Corrections and State Parole partnered together to begin offering Cognitive Outreach Groups (COG), which is firmly based on the National Institute of Corrections Thinking for a Change Program. The goals in implementing the program are to: increase the number of clients who successfully complete probation and parole, reduce recidivism and improve clients’ abilities to take control of their thoughts, behaviors and lives.
The concept of the program is based on the belief that our thinking controls our behavior and by taking control of our thinking, we can take control of our lives. The three main components of the COG Program are Social Skills, Cognitive Self-Change and Problem Solving. Groups are interactive and consist of 5-10 members and 2-3 facilitators, who meet once a week for 22 lessons. Each lesson lasts approximately 1½ hours. The curriculum requires members to share personal experiences, provide feedback and to participate in role-playing exercises. The program is offered to clients free.
Clients who enter the program are either ordered by the court or referred by their supervising probation or parole officers to increase the likelihood of success while on probation and parole or as administrative sanctions.
Day Reporting Treatment Program
* NOTICE: As of June 15, 2016, the Day Reporting Treatment Program will no longer be operational. Due to continued State Budget Cuts to
the Community Corrections Program, we are no longer able to provide this service to the community.
Addictions Counselor: Danielle Tipton, LSCSW, LCAC
Philosophy of the Day Reporting Drug/Alcohol Treatment Program
The program is intended to provide a non-residential drug/alcohol treatment program for offenders under the supervision of Community Corrections, Court Services, Municipal Courts and State Parole.
Our philosophy is to provide services that combine treatment of the mind, body, and spirit with education and skills development – this is the key the addict or alcoholic requires for the lifelong journey of recovery. Through this approach, Cowley County Community Corrections Day Reporting Drug/Alcohol Treatment Program offers hope to those struggling with the devastating consequences of chemical dependency. Our comprehensive system of treatment services is based on the beliefs that:
- Abstinence from alcohol and mind-altering drugs must be maintained in order to appropriately treat clients.
- Recovery must be an ongoing process, taking into account each aspect of life that is altered by alcohol and drug use. We emphasize treatment of the physical, emotional, spiritual, and family aspects of addiction and alcoholism through cognitive based therapy and evidence based practices as well as motivational interviewing techniques.
Treatment at the Cowley County Community Corrections Day Reporting Drug/Alcohol Treatment Program is the beginning of a new way of life. We provide the necessary exposure to recovery principles and work at removing barriers that may prevent acceptance of those principles. This is accomplished in a warm, peer-oriented environment, guided by compassionate, professional staff.
The Program will utilize supervision, sanctions, and services coordinated from a central location. The program is intended to provide adult offenders with a treatment program which will address each offender’s individual needs, which will assist the offender in accepting responsibility for their behavior while at the same time learning to respect themselves as well as maintaining a productive crime free lifestyle in the community.
Addiction and alcoholism are chronic, fatal diseases. Staff and program participants work together as a team to develop individualized treatment plans that treat the person as a whole-body, mind and spirit. Team-based treatment and aftercare planning, alcohol and other drug education, exposure to 12 step recovery principles, 12 step programs, and the local recovery community are integral parts of our curriculum.
Drug Court Program
Judge: Nicholas St. Peter
Coordinator: Mary Read
Positive Values and Personal Responsibility
The Cowley County Drug Court is dedicated to reduce recidivism of our alcohol and drug offenders within the criminal justice system while striving to increase public safety and build an infrastructure for change with a cost effective, continuum of care through the development and utilization of community based programs. Drug Court will hold defendants accountable for their actions and will assist them to achieve long-term recovery to become law-abiding citizens as well as successful family and community members.
About Drug Court
Drug Courts are an innovative alternative to prison sanctions with emphasis on accountability and intensive monitoring for individuals charged with a felony drug related offense. All Drug Court Programs use a new type of courtroom environment where the offender undergoes treatment and counseling, submits to frequent and random drug testing, makes regular appearances before the Judge and is monitored closely for program compliance.
While Drug Courts vary widely in scope, organization, and points of intervention, they all share an underlying premise that drug use is not simply a law enforcement or criminal justice problem, but a public health problem with roots deep in society. Drug Court programs see the Court, and specifically the Judge, as filling a role that goes beyond that of adjudication.
The Cowley County Drug Court Program began in part as a result of the large number of felony drug convictions occurring in our county and the need to target these offenders with something new to possibly reduce the number of offenders we continued to see over and over in the court system.
Also playing a part in the implementation of our program was the passage of Senate Bill 14 Risk Reduction Initiative in 2007, which established three specific goals:
- Increase public safety
- Reduce the risk level of probationers on Community Corrections supervision
- Increase the percentage of probationers successfully completing community corrections supervision
Our Drug Court Program will be vital in completing these goals.
Drug Court consists of a Drug Court team which meets every Wednesday afternoon before Drug Court at 4:00 p.m. The team consists of but is not limited to treatment providers, county attorney’s office, law enforcement, probation, mental health staff, and any other social service organization that may be involved in the probationer’s life to discuss how they have done with their program.
Immediate Sanctions or Rewards
The probationer will meet with the Judge and will be immediately given praise or a consequence for their behavior. The team will decide what award or sanction should be imposed. The sanctions could range from extra community service, an earlier curfew, increased treatment or jail time. If the probationer has done a good job, the Judge may give verbal praise, remove the curfew, move them to a different phase of reporting or give them a reward of a small gift card.
The probationer will be required to call an automated phone line to see if he/she needs to report for a drug test that day. They are to report to the Community Corrections Office between 7:30 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. Monday – Friday, and on Saturday, Sunday and holidays are to report to the Cowley County Jail between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to submit testing.