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Hamilton County Community Corrections (HCCC) is located in Noblesville, Indiana. It is an independent agency that works closely with the local probation department, defense attorney, prosecutor’s office, and sentencing court, to serve the offender population of Hamilton County, the 4th largest county in the State of Indiana with a population of 279,287 residents (as of 2009). In 2009, HCCC relocated to a new community corrections facility and redesigned the manner in which they deliver services and supervision for all program components.
From 2009 to 2010, HCCC served 905 offenders (716 male and 189 female), both adults and adolescents. Of those 905 offenders, 370 participated in residential programs, 509 in electronic monitoring, and 26 in Pre-Trial Services.
HCCC is responsible for evaluating every offender referred by the court system. The goal of this evaluation is to determine the best match between offenders’ needs and available HCCC services. Assessment results are used by the sentencing court to make decisions regarding the services an offender will receive and the duration of treatment.
HCCC offers the following program components:
In addition to the core components available to offenders, HCCC also has a number of programs and services to which offenders may be referred if need is determined during the development of their individualized case plan. These services are provided by either deparment personnel or certified providers in the community. HCCC offers in-house services including employment skills training, Thinking for a Change, financial management, Washington Aggression Interruption Training, General Equivalency Diploma education, substance abuse programming, and support groups. In addition, HCCC refers offenders to community-based mental health and faith-based organizations for specialized interventions such as sex offender treatment.
In the near future, HCCC plans to develop and implement a Residential Drug and Alcohol Program that will serve individuals that have not successfully completed available community-based programs and whose level of needs and risks calls for services in a residential setting. HCCC also plans to offer family-based programming, including parenting skills training, in June 2011, to expand its in-house 12-step meeting program, and to make its programming more sensitive to the needs of women offenders.
HCCC’s commitment to evidence-based practice is a notable aspect of this organization. In 2004, HCCC formed a research partnership with the University of Cincinnati to look at the processes and outcomes of their residential program. Since then, the University of Cincinnati has conducted yearly evaluations that inform programmatic changes designed to improve HCCC services. In 2009, The HCCC residential program was the object of a Correctional Program Assessment Inventory (CPAI) that yielded satisfactory outcomes.
The goals and activities of HCCC are intended to enhance the implementation of evidence-based programming. For example, the organization is currently working on developing an action plan for each Continuum of Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices Assessment category. Its objectives for 2011 are to review, prioritize, and use the recommendations of the University of Cincinnati’s 2010 program evaluation, and to finish incorporating the Correctional Program Assessment Inventory recommendations by September 2011.
HCCC is also committed to working closely with its community partners, to better carry out its mission of public safety. It conducts annual strategic planning sessions in which HCCC advisory board members meet with HCCC personnel to discuss how best to enhance community corrections programming.
If you have interest in or questions related to the organization, goals, or programs currently implemented by HCCC, you can access their website at http://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/departments.asp?id=2102.
You can also contact the agency here:
Ralph Watson, Executive Director
18104 Cumberland Rd
Noblesville, IN 46060