Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI)

The Criminal Justice Initiative was established as part of the Public Safety Improvement Act. DSS was tasked to provide evidence-based treatment services and intervention programs for parolees and probationers. The target offender population includes offenders with Class 5 or 6 felony offenses identified with a substance use disorder.      

CJI Services

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBISA)

CBISA is a cognitive behavioral approach which teaches participants skills and strategies for avoiding substance use. It emphasizes skill-building activities to assist with cognitive, social, emotional and coping skills development. Participants identify risky situations and learn the skills to appropriately deal with those situations as they arise. CBISA services are available in person and statewide via telehealth.

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

MRT is an evidence-based program that combines education, group and individual activities, and structured exercises to assist participants in addressing negative thought and behavior patterns. The program promotes higher moral reasoning by increasing self-awareness and promoting a productive identity. MRT includes 12 steps focusing on issues such as honesty, trust, acceptance, healing relationships and setting goals. MRT services are available in person and statewide via telehealth.

How are individuals referred for services?

A Department of Corrections Parole Agent, Unified Judicial System Court Service Officer or DSS Resource Coordinator submits a referral to the Division of Behavioral Health. An assessment will be conducted by the CJI community provider to determine the appropriate treatment services based on the client’s needs.

For more information please contact your local provider agency or the Division of Behavioral Health at 605.367.5236.

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