Community Based Sex Offender Treatment

Purpose

The purpose of sexual offender probation is to safely supervise youth charged with criminal sexual conduct in the least restrictive placement while protecting the community and decreasing the risk of re-offending through supervision, counseling and treatment. All eligible cases are assigned to one caseworker, knowledgeable in sex offender treatment and supervision / management standards, to assure consistent and comprehensive case planning, enhance collaboration with and oversight of the treatment provider, and effective risk management.

Determining Levels

A number of variables are considered in determining the level of court supervision and intervention. Youth charged with a sex offense or related charge may be placed in a treatment alternative to adjudication, regular probation, intensive supervision, or in residential placement. Regardless of the intervention, the primary case plan goals include sex offender specific therapy, accountability, empathy development and victim restoration, enhancing parental support and control, all toward the end of enhancing community safety through reducing the risk of recidivism.

Program Elements

Assessment

The caseworker assesses a youth’s needs and strengths using psychological, psychosocial, and ERASOR (Estimate of Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivism) assessments. The caseworker interviews the youth, family members, victim, school personnel, and any current treatment providers. Through these activities, the caseworker develops a comprehensive case plan and level supervision / contact needed to support treatment and other case plan goals.

Supervision

Based on the initial assessment described above, the caseworker determines the level of contact needed to assist the youth in reaching supervision and treatment goals. Throughout the program, the caseworker continually assesses the youth’s response to supervision and the risk they pose to the community, and adjusts the level of contacts accordingly. Night Surveillance may augment supervision at the caseworker’s discretion or by court order. The caseworker uses incentives and sanctions to gain youth’s compliance with case plan.

Community-Based Sex Offender Specific Treatment

The Washtenaw County Trial Court - Juvenile Division contracts for sex-offender assessment and treatment services. Treatment generally includes weekly group sessions, monthly family sessions, and a quarterly parent support group. Depending on assessed need, youth may receive individual treatment sessions in addition or in place of group sessions.

Additional family sessions may occur if determined necessary to meet treatment goals. Treatment goals include youth developing an understanding of the offense cycle, becoming aware of how their own victimization relates to abusive behavior, developing empathy and understanding the impact of their offense on the victim, community, and their own family, and developing a relapse prevention plan.

Close Judicial Oversight

Youth on community-based supervision have court reviews every 90 days to:

  • Monitor their adherence to the program and progress toward treatment goals
  • Assess the risk youth poses to the community
  • Evaluate appropriateness of the current placement
  • Make any changes determined necessary

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