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Alternative Sentencing Policy for Non-Violent Drug Possession Offenders

by Marie McNeal last modified Nov 17, 2018 10:20 AM


Background

On November 1, 2003, legislation became effective which provides that certain adult offenders convicted of a first or second drug possession offense be sentenced to Community Corrections intensive supervision and be required to successfully complete a certified drug treatment program in lieu of incarceration in a state correctional facility.

Goal

To provide community intervention and the opportunity for treatment to certain offenders with substance abuse problems in order to more effective address recidivism of substance abuse users in the state prison system which should be reserved for more serious and violent offenders.

Partners

There are five primary partners in the SB123 program, each with their own responsibility:

Kansas Department of Aging and Disability (KDADS)
  • The licensing and regulatory body for substance abuse treatment providers in the state of Kansas.

Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB)
  • The licensing and regulatory body for addictions counselors in the state of Kansas.

Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC)
  • Responsible for certification of all treatment providers and counselors who wish to assess and/or treat SB123 clients.
  • Provides Cognitive Behavioral Intervention curriculum training for addictions counselors.  Curriculums included Substance Abuse Program (SAP), Thinking for a Change (T4C), and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Concepts (CBIC).
  • Coordinates and conducts treatment provider site visits.

Kansas Sentencing Commission (KSC)
  • Determines billable services (modalities and cost caps).
  • Reimburses treatment providers for SB123 treatment services rendered.
  • Receives and processes offender reimbursements for treatment.
  • Analyzes SB123 data to identify potential improvements to the program.

Community Corrections Agencies
  • Responsible for supervision of probationers sentenced to the SB123 program.

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