The Department of Public Safety recently awarded over $3 million in contracts to agencies providing evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Intervention and substance abuse services to individuals on probation or post-release supervision.
These contracts were awarded in a re-bid process because some providers withdrew from contracts leaving areas without services. Many others have found it difficult to operate under the extremely low monthly reimbursements paid out under the current contracts. There were also a few areas in which agencies had not bid for services.
While program completion is an important measure, it would be better to reward improvements in completion, rather than completion alone. Since the high risk/high need population currently has a recidivism rate (measured by re-arrest) ranging from 35%-60%, even the most successful programs or probation officers are unlikely to realize a 100% completion rate.
Contracts were awarded to:
- Coastal Horizons – $469,436 – Duplin, Pitt, Sampson and Wayne.
- Freedom House Recovery Center – $228,521 – Caswell, Chatham, Orange, Person, and Warren
- Insight Human Services – $2,044,566 – Cabarrus, Gaston, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Randolph
- Loving Light Community Outreach – $55,339 – Chowan and Gates
- Piedmont Triad Regional Council – $201,181, Rowan
- PORT Human Services – $191,014 – Pitt
- Walk Through the Valley – $412,722 – Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson