The Southwestern Regional Day Report Center (DRC) was awarded the Judge Martin Gaughan Award for Excellence in Community Corrections for 2016.
The DRC Director Michelle Akers said, “It has been my goal to have our center recognized with this award since I started in 2012.”
The press release from the Division of Justice and Community Service states “The West Virginia Community Corrections Subcommittee created an annual award, now in its fifth year, to both honor the work of Judge Martin Gaughan in helping to create the Community Corrections program in WV and to recognize an outstanding Day Report Center.”
“This Day Report Center has always been well respected across the state but had never been honored with that award,” said Akers. “I recognized we needed to think outside of the box a little bit.”
DRC has done a community garden; they helped with cleaning up from the June 2016 flood and have had softball tournaments just to name a few things on thinking outside of the box.
According to Akers they expanded the number of treatment services they provide.
Akers said, “We really branched out and looked at things like recreational therapy.”
According to Akers they do social activities to show the individuals in the DRC there are more things to life than dugs.
The press release states a DRC has to meet certain criteria to even be nominated for this award. Administrative performance, an active Community Correction Board, Innovative efforts, quality assurance and of course leadership are several items on this list of criteria to be met.
However, there are four other important items looked for to be nominated. The following items are from Title 149 Legislative Rule.
• Intake, risk and needs assessment
• Re-entry and aftercare
• Program evaluation
Akers said, “We are not just supervising and drug screening we are actually looking at all aspects of someone’s functioning and trying to help get them back on their feet so they can be a productive member of society again.”
“Day Report is still a relatively new concept to most people who are not in the criminal justice system,” said Akers. “We hold the people that come to us very accountable.”
“We really encourage the community to find out more about what it is that we do and where our clients have gone with their lives,” said Akers. “We have had a lot of success stories.”
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-307-3104, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.