Community Justice Assistance Division
Rehabilitation and Victim Services Programs
Community supervision and corrections departments (CSCDs) may offer the following rehabilitation programs. For details on specific rehabilitation programs, contact your local CSCD.
- Adult Education Programs These programs assist adults under community supervision to acquire academic competencies for literacy skills, General Education Development (GED) certificates, and English as a Second Language.
- Cognitive Programs These behavioral, nonacademic programs assist adults under community supervision acquire competencies in problem solving, anger management, understanding the impact of their behavior on others, changing thinking and changing behavior to noncriminal alternatives.
- Vocational/Employment and Life Skills Training These educational, non-academic programs assist adults under community supervision acquire skills to obtain and keep employment and function at a higher level in daily life.
- Substance Abuse Treatment Programs These programs include a continuum of care ranging from screening/assessment, outpatient, intensive outpatient and residential programs to treat those under community supervision with drug and/or alcohol problems.
- Pretrial Diversion Pursuant to Government Code Sec. 76.011, Pretrial Diversion Programs are an alternative to prosecution that offer a defendant a chance to avoid a criminal conviction and other punitive sanctions, including fines, community supervision, and incarceration, upon successful completion of the program. Successful completion will result in dismissal of a criminal court case without prosecution. Individuals who are eligible to participate may be supervised for a period not to exceed two years.
- Programs for the Mentally Impaired This mental health initiative provides intensive case management, treatment referral and resource linkage to either divert the mentally impaired offender from the criminal justice system, or to provide sufficient supportive services to minimize the risk of revocation.
- Sex Offender Surveillance and Treatment This intensive supervision requires mandated registration and reporting, and also requires treatment by licensed therapists to reduce the risk of recidivism.
- Specialty Courts strive to divert criminal behavior by providing treatment and programming in the offender’s community. The courts target specific offender populations and include regular judicial interaction and collaboration from a multidisciplinary team using intensive treatment, supervision, and support to address criminal behavior. These courts have evolved to several specialty areas within the criminal justice system and can include drug, veterans treatment, mental health, human trafficking, sex offender, and domestic violence courts.
- Restitution Programs Restitution is required of nearly every person under community supervision. The supervisee repays and restores society and/or the victim by monetary payment and/or community service work without pay. Hundreds of thousands of hours of community service are accomplished each year in Texas, restoring communities and contributing the equivalent of millions of dollars of service. In addition, each county collects court-ordered monetary restitution.
- Batterers Intervention and Prevention Programs (BIPP) These are operated by nonprofit organizations that provide, on a local basis to batterers referred by the courts for treatment, treatment and educational services designed to help the batterers stop abusive behavior. TDCJ-CJAD works in collaboration with the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and has established minimum guidelines for programs to receive funding.
Victim Services Programs
Victim Services Programs These programs provide notification and information to victims of offenders on community supervision. (Information regarding services for victims is available from the TDCJ-CJAD coordinator for Victim Services.
For details on specific rehabilitation programs, contact your local community supervision and corrections department.