(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Department of Corrections, Division of Community Corrections Director Joseph Diament announced that several important steps have been taken to change the way the offender population is supervised in the community.
“The implementation of the new Division of Community Corrections community based services is well underway. Seven case managers, three of whom are Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC) have been hired and one additional LADC position remains to be filled,” Director Diament said.
These counselors are located in the State’s four (highest volume) probation/parole offices. A clinical supervisor was also appointed to assure that all case management and counseling staff utilize evidence-based practices in an effective, efficient way. An administrator for the federally-funded Second Chance Demonstration Grant has also been appointed.
The community-based staff will provide an important support service for the offender population under Department supervision by working with them to implement individualized case plans and enable the provision of appropriate treatment. It is expected that, when fully operational and using evidence-based practices, the Division will help lower NH offenders’ recidivism rate and eventually lower the prison population without increasing risk to public safety.
The new Division is also working with sub-grantees of the Second Chance Grant Demonstration Project who will deliver specialized vocational, mental health, and substance abuse services in Merrimack County thanks to a $400,000 federal grant and a generous cash contribution from the NH Charitable Foundation.
“This project allows us to demonstrate that additional services working in concert with probation and parole officers is indeed the most effective approach to maintain public safety and lower correctional costs,” Director Diament said.