TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) has now opened a connection and intervention station in Twin Falls.
It's the first one of its kind in the Magic Valley. The program's goal is to decrease recidivism by enhancing community support services and increasing the likelihood of successful completion of supervision, thereby reducing the demand for prison beds.
The station is one of four that’s opening this week statewide.
These four centers are non-residential and provide individualized assessment, one-on-one therapy, group discussions, and evidence-based programming for eligible participants supervised by IDOC.
Participants are referred to the station by their supervising officers, and behavior change plans are developed to meet individual participant’s needs.
Each station serves as a one-stop center for the provision of community-based case management, group and individual behavior change programming, and accountability services.
In-person services are available six days each week, plus the station offers technology-based programming services used to supplement traditional delivery.
Virtual services are accessible by a cell phone, tablet, or computer. When people are released from prison on parole, IDOC refers them to take part in programs like this one. Organizers say especially during the pandemic, the virtual services will be helpful for those in rural areas.
The Idaho Legislature granted the Idaho Department of Correction funds during the legislative session to expand community services for people supervised on probation and parole.