CJAB Initiatives
Crisis Intervention Training- This training initiative goal is to establish a community partnership to work with mental health consumers and family members within Adams County; set a standard of excellence for law enforcement officers with the respect to treatment of individuals with mental health issues in our communities. Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) has been developed and is being implemented through a CIT Coordinator. Though response to the program among law enforcement personnel has been positive, there are still law enforcement officers in the County who may not recognize crisis intervention for mental health as a priority.

Heroin Awareness Task Force – The Mission of the Adams County Heroin Awareness Taskforce is to form a collaborative HeroinAwareness.jpgpartnership of community members; including governmental, medical, educational, treatment and business agencies; who are dedicated to reducing the abuse of heroin in our communities.  This reduction will be achieved through educating our citizens to the prevalence of the heroin problem, identifying the signs and symptoms of addiction and of the resources that are available to those suffering from the many problems this issue causes to families and the community.  The hope is that the effort of the Adams County Heroin Awareness Taskforce will result in a reduction of drug related deaths in our communities through the efforts of public education, advocacy, media, law enforcement and legislation.

E-citation and Information Sharing – The objective of this Adams County Law Enforcement E-citation and Information Sharing Initiative is to equip each vehicle in the county with e-citation software to allow officers on the street to scan both driver’s licenses and vehicle registration into a computer in the police vehicle and print a copy to issue to a violator. This initiative will decrease the time required, increase data accuracy and generate a clean printed copy without the attendant issues of a handwritten citation.

Additionally, this initiative will provide internet access for this purpose to any police vehicles not already equipped. The e-citation issued will then electronically send the data to the Magisterial District Judge, so no duplicate data entry is required or interpretation of officer handwriting. This electronic sharing will save court time and improve accuracy of data.

Children of Incarcerated Parents - “Children of Incarcerated Parents Program” is a program for inmates with dependent children. The philosophy of the ChIPs program is that children too often suffer emotional and mental anguish due to the disruption that occurs when one or both parents are removed from the family setting due to incarceration.  While many rehabilitative methods are provided to individuals within the criminal justice system, the angst felt by the children is often largely overlooked.

The ChIPs program allows incarcerated parents supervised one-on-one visitation with dependent children after the completion of a parenting educational program.  This contact has been proven through research to be beneficial in reducing the anxiety that children have by maintaining regular contact during a parents’ incarceration and by aiding with the reintegration back to the family setting once the parent is released into the community.