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Winnebago County, Resource Intervention Center (RIC) Expansion Project

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $714,808)

The proposed project will expand hours and programming at the Winnebago County Resource Intervention Center (RIC) in Rockford, Illinois. The RIC is an evidence-based, multiagency, multidisciplinary center where public and private agencies assign staff to be co-located on-site to deliver coordinated services to the target population, moderate and high-risk individuals on probation or pre-trial supervision in Winnebago County.

    The RIC currently operates Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., this funding will allow RIC to offer programming until 8:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday. The funding goal is to reduce recidivism by increasing access to services, which will benefit individuals needing services, and the community as a whole.    
    Foundational to the RIC is adherence to the risk-need-responsivity (RNR) model, which states the risk and needs of the offender should determine the strategies appropriate for addressing the individual's criminogenic factors before and after release. Risk level is determined using validated risk/need assessments, a mandatory eligibility requirement for RIC services. RIC is available to moderate to high risk individuals and does not mix low risk populations.

    Programming at the RIC is reflective of dynamic, changeable factors. RIC programming is a collaborative effort with community service agencies providing high school equivalency; job readiness; substance abuse assessment, intensive outpatient treatment; parenting classes; and Partner Abuse Intervention Programs (PAIP). RIC staff provides cognitive behavioral change groups such as anger management, Thinking 4 Change (T4C), Beyond Violence, and Beyond Trauma. RIC Therapists provide mental health assessments, individual therapy, and group therapy. Additionally, RIC personnel provide orientation groups, relapse prevention programming, and substance abuse aftercare.

    Primary activities include a strategic planning period in which project partners define expanded duties of the RIC PM Programs Coordinator, research options for additional evening programs, and establish security safeguards for p.m. services. Products and deliverables include a Strategic Action Plan, and implementation of PM programming.

    Community data and RIC wait lists suggest slating T4C and PAIP (expanded to offer Spanish) as the first two programs offered in evening hours. T4C will be led by the RIC PM Programs Coordinator and delivered in small groups over 25 lessons. Classes will meet 2 nights per week for 2 hours. The curriculum was developed in cooperation with the National Institute of Corrections and is an evidence-based, best-practice model. PAIP will be led by partner, Remedies, using the Cognition Works Change Curriculum. PAIP is 24 weeks in duration, each group meeting once per week for 2 hours.

Date Created: December 3, 2021