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Checking in with Dallas CPS Program During COVID-19

Tags: Dallas
June 07, 2020 12:00 AM
By: DOC Staff

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Under the supervision of Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor Pam McDonald, SCI Dallas recently recertified 13 CPS'.

Throughout the quarantine all CPS' have been provided with in-cell training packets and, in lieu of meetings, CPS supervisors meet individually with CPS' on their assigned blocks at least once per week, often more. The CO's on the blocks where CPS' are working report that the CPS' have been effective in reducing tensions on the blocks and in identifying inmates in need of additional attention by psychology staff. Dallas' CPS' have been effective in successful resolution of the difficult situations.

The CPS' appreciate the concern, visits and efforts by supervisors to maintain training opportunities. The supervisors don't want them to lose their therapeutic edge and look forward to another CPS training and additional CPS' in the future. Prior to the quarantine, Dallas' CPS' were very proactive and heavily used on the blocks and in both mandatory and voluntary programming.

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