The mission of the Reintegration program is to reduce recidivism rates in our communities. To do so, we connect incarcerated individuals to services relevant to their needs.
The Reintegration team itself is comprised of various programs tasked with reducing recidivism rates in our county and operates inside of the detention center. Those programs include Re-entry, Jail Based Behavioral Services, Arapahoe Douglas Works Workforce Center and the Douglas County Human Services (DHS).
Reintegration is part of a larger network we call Collaborative Programs for Reintegration or CPR. This team includes agencies that operate outside of the jail. They include Probation, Public Defender’s office, Community Justice Services, the courts, DC Cares, County Attorney’s, AllHealth Network, among others.
The Re-entry program is often the starting point to participation in other programs. Our Re-entry case managers begin by reaching out to individuals soon after their arrest. They meet to discuss their re-entry plans, assist with the planning process, and provide resources and referrals to community agencies. It’s never too soon to begin planning for re-entry!
Reintegration Deputy :
The Reintegration Deputy addresses the complex transportation needs of Douglas County and works with a specialized and vulnerable population. There are no shelters in Castle Rock and with no public transportation, options for releasing inmates to go home or leave the county are very limited. The transportation of inmates is the primary duty of the position but is also responsible for Reintegration check-ins post release in the community and Specialty Courts.
Daily, the Douglas County Jail needs to transport inmates on mental health holds, M-0.5 Transportation holds, to public transportation (light rail, RTD bus, or Bustang), and to sober living homes. Many of these inmates are required to check in at Community Justice Services, contact their probation officer, receive services at Douglas County Human Services, or get medication that they need to continue from their incarceration. The Reintegration Deputy takes care of these transports.
Our Reintegration team works closely with DHS, our community, and our community partners. We coordinate with the Homeless Engagement Assistance and Resources Team (HEART) on several releasing inmates. This position will have the flexibility to address many of the concerns raised with inmates releasing from the jail with no way of getting to their future lives outside of incarceration.
Jail Based Behavioral Services (JBBS) :
The Jail Based Behavioral Services (JBBS) program is focused on mental health treatment and Substance Use Disorder treatment inside of the facility. Our therapists provide treatment in group settings and one-on-ones. They also provide Moral Reconation Therapy, a cognitive behavioral program for substance use treatment and the offender population.
Our Competency Enhancement therapist meeting with our severely mentally ill population. They assess the level of care needed and work with our partners to assure treatment at every stage of their court process, as well as for upon release. Their work starts as soon as Competency is raised in the court process.
Another position through JBBS is our Pre-Sentence Re-entry Navigator. They target high jail utilizers that have been arrested at least twice in the last year. Through case management and referrals to outside community resources, they strive for case resolution and reduced recidivism.
Jail Medicated Assisted Treatment (JMAT) :
The Jail Medicated Assisted Treatment (JMAT) program is designed to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment using the three FDA approved mediations used to treat opiate use disorders. These include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone during incarceration or upon day-of release. The program intends to reduce unmet treatment needs and opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder for individuals in jails.
Being able to find and keep a job is a vital part of reducing recidivism rates in our communities. An advisor from Arapahoe Douglas Works Workforce Center provides workshops in the detention center. Participants are trained on how to build effective resumes, sell themselves in interviews, and additionally manage professional relationships and pursue their goals. Our advisor is also able to meet with individuals after their release, a service offered to all participants.
Medicaid/Food Assistance :
If an inmate has a scheduled release date, they are screened to determine if they are currently active on Medicaid or any other health insurance. If they are not, our advisor reaches out to them to see if they are interested in applying. If an individual is eligible, their Medicaid benefits can be approved before they are even released from jail and can start using these services immediately upon their release.
Food Assistance cannot be processed while an individual is still incarcerated, however, an application can be placed in their property so they can submit it as soon as they release.
How to get in touch :
If you have a loved one or friend currently incarcerated in the Douglas County Jail that would benefit from one of these services, please encourage them to reach out to “Re-entry” via the kite system. If your loved one is not able to speak on their own behalf, please email DCSOReintegration@dcsheriff.net. Due to HIPPAA standards, we may not be able to discuss details pertaining to their situation, but we would appreciate knowing more about their diagnosis, medications that have worked in the past, or other details that may assist in their success in-custody and upon release.