Partnerships and collaborations are essential for meeting the needs of the field of corrections. The UCCI's partnership with the Council of State Governments (CSG), with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance as part of the National Reentry Resource Center, has allowed for the extensive research and development of UCCI's Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions - Core Adult (CBI-CA) curriculum.
This curriculum targets major criminogenic needs while recognizing the disproportionately large occurrence of mental illness in the CJ population. By embedding tips and modified worksheets into the curriculum, the CBI-CA targets criminogenic needs and addresses specific responsivity factors. Uniquely, then, the CBI-CA recognizes mental illness while teaching participants cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skills to anticipate and manage high risk situations successfully. The CBI-CA curriculum applies the tools and skills to each individual’s risky situation, tailoring the program to fit each participant’s needs. Given the interest in the curriculum and the prevalence of youth with both criminogenic needs and mental illness symptoms, we have developed a juvenile version – CBI-CY.
Without partnerships like this, we would not be able to create a research driven comprehensive curriculum to support those in our criminal justice system. Check out the amazing article CSG wrote on how the CBI-CA has impacted agencies across the country by reducing recidivism, and helping participants understand and change their thinking patterns that lead to criminal behavior.