INTERMEDIATE PUNISHMENT/CROSSROADS PROGRAM (July 2018)
This is a two-year grant awarded by the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) enabling the County of Lebanon to continue the long-standing and highly successful Renaissance-Crossroads program. This intensive in and out-patient treatment program has been in place in the County since 2001 and has done an outstanding job of getting drug and alcohol-addicted offenders' lives back on track. It is a major element of the County's Intermediate Punishment (IP) Plan, which presents eligible offenders with viable and effective alternatives to imprisonment. The total grant awarded for a two-year period (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2020) is $1,023,645, almost 90 percent of which is appropriated for treatment. The remainder of the grant award is set aside for personnel-related costs. Some of the personnel costs are budgeted toward the cost of supervising Crossroads and other offenders who are serving a period of time under House Arrest/Electronic Monitoring.
Administered by Pennsylvania Counseling Services, Inc. and operated out of leased space at the Lebanon VA Medical Center, Renaissance-Crossroads is a 34-month program that requires offenders to complete several steps along the towpath to recovery. It is NOT designed to be an easy undertaking. Crossroads participants, in exchange for avoiding prison time, adhere to a demanding structure with high expectations and strict rules that must be followed. Zero tolerance for rule breakers. The program's tough--but fair--approach has been working. Since July 1, 2009, for example, only ONE participant has been terminated from the program due to a new drug or alcohol arrest. This is an impressive statistic, and one of the main reasons why the County has been able to make the case to PCCD for continued funding. The County could not sustain this vital program without help from the Commonwealth. Thanks to PCCD's support, Renaissance-Crossroads gets another two years of life--and two more years of offering drug and alcohol-addicted offenders a lifeline that pulls them in the direction of recovery and no more involvement with the criminal justice system. One special note: WGAL Channel 8 featured the success of the Crossroads program in the Summer of 2018 in one of its "State of Addiction" segments.