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Office of Community Corrections

Plans & Services Programs

Kent County OCC is funding twenty-one programs which accept referrals from Circuit Court Probation and Pretrial Services during FY 2016. These programs provide a wide range of treatment services which include community service supervision, substance abuse treatment, anger management classes, and sex offender treatment among others.

Funded programs for FY 2016 include:

Case Management

Arbor Circle

Reentry Case Management

Cathy Worthem
1115 Ball Avenue NE, Building A
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
(616) 456-8010

Arbor Circle staff provide case management to high risk and need felony offenders residing in the Reentry Pod at the Kent County Correctional Facility. Eligible offenders must have received a split probation/jail disposition for their felony offense. Case managers assist the offender in making connections to such things as stable housing, substance abuse treatment, education, job training and placement and mental health services. Case management services begin while the offender is incarcerated and continue for up to six months following release.

Community Service

Court Services -
Work Crew

Tim Bouwhuis
180 Ottawa NW, Suite 2100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 632-5350

The Work Crew program provides screening, assessment, placement and monitoring of sentenced male and female felony offenders who are ordered by the 17th Circuit Court to complete a specific number of work crew hours. The work is labor intensive and performed in a group setting under close supervision.

Drunk Driving/Jail Reduction Program

Pine Rest
OUIL III CBT

Sara Gee
320 Commerce St. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 258-7599

This program provides assessment, case management, inpatient, and outpatient services for eligible OUIL III offenders who are targeted by the state as “prison bound”. Outpatient OUIL III groups are 1.5 hours in duration and meet once per week for 12 weeks.

Kent County Sheriff's Department -
Jail-Based Assessment

Andrew Verheek
180 Ottawa NW, Suite 2100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 632-5367

Provides jail bed space at the Kent County Correctional Facility for eligible OUIL III offenders while an assessment is completed.

61st District Court -
Sobriety Court

Joe Berlin
180 Ottawa NW, Suite 2200
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 632-5625

The Drug Court Program provides assessment, case management, alcohol testing, and individualized treatment programming to assist eligible OUIL III offenders overcome their addictions to alcohol. This 12 – 18 month program is designed for offenders who need a structured intensive program and have a willingness to receive treatment in order to avoid a lengthy jail sentence.

Education

Alternative Directions -
NonCore CBT

Natalie Synowicz
1706 S. Division Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
(616) 245-4346

This program provides Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) to sentenced male felony offenders enrolled in the Alternative Directions Probation Residential Program to aid them in changing their thinking and decision making processes and assist them in developing appropriate life choices to avoid future criminal activity.

Jail-Based GED Program

Lisa Stone
1330 Bradford NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 327-9817

This program provides GED preparation and testing services to male and female inmates who are serving time at the Kent County Correctional Facility and who lack a high school diploma. Services are provided at no cost to enrolled offenders.

Alternative Directions -
GED Program

Natalie Synowicz
1706 S. Division Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
(616) 245-4346

Alternative Directions provides GED preparation and testing services to sentenced male and female probationers. AD will provide transportation to the testing site for enrolled offenders.

Court Services -
Community CBT

Kathy Katt
180 Ottawa NW, Suite 2100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 632-5337

This program provides Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) to male and female felony offenders and probation violators to help them recognize how their thinking patterns and decisions have led to their criminal behaviors. They practice different ways of thinking that will help them avoid future criminal activities. Each participant must attend an orientation session and 8 gender specific groups.

Employment & Training

Women's Resource Center -
New Beginnings Gender Specific Program

Michelle Bryk
678 Front Ave. Suite 180
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 458-5443

Women participating in the Reentry Pod at the Kent County Jail are given the opportunity to participate in the New Beginnings program which provides employability classes and reentry planning during incarceration. Women will receive transitional and traditional job placement or job search support, continuting education, and contact with their mentor once they are in the community. Women serving a term of probation in the community may participate in the New Beginnings program and receive the same services.

Intensive Supervision

Alternative Directions -
Day Reporting

Natalie Synowicz
1706 S. Division Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
(616) 245-4346

Sentenced male and female felony offenders who are currently serving a probation sentence and require a more intensive level of supervision can be referred to the Day Reporting Program. In addition to closer supervision in the community, an offender can be referred to the Day Reporting Center to assist with employment related issues, cognitive behavioral treatment, drug and alcohol testing, GED prep classes and testing, and anger management issues. An individualized supervision plan will be created for each participant to address specific risks and needs with projected completion dates.

Mental Health

Family Outreach Center -
Anger Management Program

Shelly Seasly
1939 S. Division Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 247-3815

The Anger Management Program provides cognitive behavioral based group counseling to sentenced male and female offenders with anger management problems. The program helps the offender identify anger management issues and learn anger management skills and alternatives to anger. Group sessions are designed to illustrate the key conceptual components of the program, be interactive, and include weekly homework assignments for the group participants.

Berghuis Psychological Services -
Sex Offender Treatment

David Berghuis
436 – 44th St. SE, Suite C
Kentwood, MI 49548
(616) 340-4946

This is an evidenced based treatment program for felony offenders serving a term of probation for a Criminal Sexual Conduct offense or other offense that is sexual in nature. Following both a psychosocial and risk assessment, most offenders will be required to participate in weekly 120 minute gender specific group sessions that are based in cognitive behavioral treatment. Individual therapy and family counseling is also available. Program length varies based on the individual but usually lasts 6 - 9 months. Berghuis Psychological Services begins treatment, when possible, in the Kent County Correctional Facility serving a split sentence with treatmetn services continuing once they are released into the community.

Homeward Bound -
Sex Offender Treatment

Ron Grooters
436 – 44th St. SE, Suite C
Kentwood, MI 49548
(616) 560-0019

Homeward Bound provides evidenced based treatment to offenders convicted of a Criminal Sexual Conduct offense or similar sexual behavior problem. Each offender will receive both a risk and psychosocial assessment to craft an individual treatment plan. Treatment usually consists of group sessions but individual therapy, family therapy and couples counseling is available as needed. Groups are gender specific and meet weekly for 6 – 12 months depending on the level of treatment needed. Additional services such as polygraph exams and ABLE assessments are also available.

Catholic Charities West Michigan
Co-Occuring Program

Priscilla Kern
40 Jefferson Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 356-6231

CCWM's Co-occurring program is a community based program serving offenders who have a need for both mental health and substance abuse treatment. The program consists of assessment, group treatment, individual treatment (as needed) and discharge planning. Offenders will be placed into a group setting after a psychosocial assessment and and individualized treatment plan is completed for each client. Individual sessions will be used based on individual need of each offender and also to complete a Safety/Relapse Prevention Plan to wrap up the offender’s treatment.

Pretrial Services

Court Services -
Regular Pretrial Supervision

Tim Bouwhuis
180 Ottawa NW, Suite 2100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 632-5350

Regular Pretrial Supervision provides assessment, referral and monitoring services, including drug testing, for male and female pretrial offenders who are released from the Kent County Correctional Facility on a conditional bond. Offenders may be referred for substance abuse or mental health assessment and treatment if needed.

Court Services -
Maximum Pretrial Supervision

Tim Bouwhuis
180 Ottawa NW, Suite 2100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 632-5350

Maximum Pretrial Supervision provides the same type of services that the Regular Pretrial Supervision Program does save for the type of supervision that is provided. Pretrial offenders under maximum pretrial supervision are required to wear an electronic tether which provides for 24 hour monitoring of these offenders along with meeting with their case worker several times a week in either telephone or face-to-face meetings.

Substance Abuse

Arbor Circle

Cathy Worthem
1115 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
(616) 459-7215

Arbor Circle provides substance abuse programming for offenders housed within the Kent County Correctional Facility. Offenders will participate in cognitive behavioral group treatment that will provide them with the basic understandings of addiction and their own personal use patterns. The goals of treatment include increasing the offender’s knowledge of relapse and recidivism, restructuring the individual’s cognitive and behavioral patterns, and planning for reentry into the community. Groups meet once per week for 90 minutes each for up to eight weeks.

Catholic Charities of West Michigan

Priscilla Kern
40 Jefferson Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616)356-6231

Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM) provides outpatient substance abuse treatment to sentenced felony offenders and probation violators. Following an assessment offenders are placed in a group according to their needs with groups meeting an average of 8 to 15 sessions. CCWM utilizes a curriculum tailored toward the criminally minded substance abusing offender that is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Techiniques, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Restructuring.

Pine Rest -
Men's NonCore SA Treatment Services

Heather Duthler
243 68th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
(616) 281-0040  ext. 6562

This program provides funding for substance abuse treatment services for offenders that are enrolled in the Pine Rest Men’s Residential Treatment Program. During the course of the NonCore program the offender will learn: to accept responsibility for recovery, the stages of change, cognitive and behavioral thinking patterns and coping skills, and relapse prevention skills.

Contact Us

Community Corrections

Kent County Courthouse
180 Ottawa Avenue NW, Suite 2100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

(616) 632-5350

(616) 632-5339

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