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Subject 125-4-1 COUNSELING SERVICES

Rule 125-4-1-.01 Responsibility

(1) The State Board of Corrections acting alone or in cooperation with other State, Federal, or Local agencies shall provide overall direction of the counseling programs undertaken within the correctional system.
(2) Wardens/Superintendents shall establish and maintain counseling services and programs consistent with the needs of the offender population concerned and comply with appropriate Department of Corrections standards. Each institution shall have at least one full-time counselor.
(3) counselors shall be responsible for offender management in all counseling activities, services and programs with appropriate security requirements. Although counselors do not have police powers they may be authorized to assume necessary security duties commensurate with conducting regular counseling activities, services and programs consistent with the mission of respective institutions and community rehabilitation centers. In unusual circumstances, such as offender escapes or disturbances, counselors may be authorized to assume administrative functions in order to relieve other correctional personnel or to assist in stabilizing the respective institution or community rehabilitation center.
(4) Wardens/Superintendents shall assure that every assigned offender in their respective institutions and community rehabilitation centers has access to a Counselor who will be responsible for providing needed counseling, guidance, case supervision and program coordination on a regular basis.
(5) The State Director of Counseling Services shall plan, organize, and coordinate Department counseling services and programs; develop and redefine as necessary Departmental program standards, policies, procedures and guidelines relating to counseling functions, practices and services; provide appropriate technical assistance in program implementation and management to Wardens/Superintendents and counselor supervisors, as well as provide necessary coordination with other State Program Directors and designated outside agency resources.

Rule 125-4-1-.02 Purpose

Counseling is designed to assist with offender management in assigned institutions and community rehabilitation centers by helping offenders to cope with the personal and social problems of incarceration and community adjustment. Offenders shall also be encouraged through counseling to assume individual responsibility for their rehabilitation by participation in available programs which offer opportunities to develop needed personal, social, career and citizenship skills in preparation for release.

Rule 125-4-1-.03 Facilities and Equipment

Each institution and community rehabilitation center shall provide facilities, equipment, materials, supplies and other operating funds in support of counseling services, activities and programs consistent with the needs of the offender population concerned and appropriate Department of Corrections standards.

Rule 125-4-1-.04 Counselor Personnel

(1) At each institution and community rehabilitation center, having assigned Counselor(s) on a full-time or part-time basis, the Counselor(s) shall be responsible to the Warden/Superintendent for the counseling and guidance activities undertaken at the institution and community rehabilitation center. The State Director of Counseling Services will assist the local Warden/Superintendent in implementing appropriate counseling services and programs.
(2) Counselors, other than supervisory personnel, shall provide the major functions of individual counseling, appropriate group counseling, case management and coordination of other available adjustment/rehabilitation services and programs in accordance with the rehabilitation plan for each offender.
(3) In-service counselor training will be provided by the Department of Corrections as necessary to meet the on-the-job skills required both for initial employment and career development.

Rule 125-4-1-.05 Plan for Rehabilitation Services

(1) Counselors in respective institutions and community rehabilitation centers shall review the standardized testing results and personal history data retained in each assigned offender's case file from their intake diagnostic and classification processing as well as other information for the purpose of assessing the offender for appropriate assignment to available work programs, education, and other adjustment/ rehabilitation services and programs.
(2) Counselors or designated case managers shall provide counseling, guidance and other appropriate assistance to each assigned offender in planning and recommending participation in available rehabilitation services and programs for approval by the facility/center classification committee.

Rule 125-4-1-.06 Counseling Services

(1) In accordance with availability and each offender's planned adjustment/rehabilitation needs, the Counselor(s) shall provide counseling and guidance services and programs which may include personal/social adjustment, drug/alcohol counseling, vocational/education guidance, psychological services, family assistance, pre-release preparation, and job development as well as other appropriately defined or required counseling assistance.
(2) Counselors or designated case managers in respective institutions and community rehabilitation centers shall provide required continual case supervision and assistance for each assigned offender in meeting appropriate Department of Corrections standards.
(3) Counselors shall provide necessary coordination or referral assistance for other appropriate special institutional and community programs, activities or agencies which may be determined to enhance defined offender rehabilitation efforts.

Rule 125-4-1-.07 Accountability

(1) Wardens/Superintendents shall assure that the Counselor(s) maintain required case documentation and records concerning the participation and progress of individual offenders consistent with the offender population concerned, their defined rehabilitation efforts and meeting appropriate Department of Corrections standards.
(2) An evaluation of the counseling and guidance services and programs implemented at each institution and community rehabilitation center shall be conducted periodically in coordination with the State Director of Counseling Services for review and recommendations of programmatic and fiscal needs or revisions.