INTERMEDIATE PUNISHMENT/CROSSROADS PROGRAM (Awarded June 2021)
This is a one-year grant (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022) 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) Treatment Plan, which presents eligible offenders with viable and effective alternatives to imprisonment (restrictive condition of probation). The total grant awarded for the one-year period is $500,000, approximately 86 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 as part of a restrictive condition of probation.
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 TWO participantS have 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 year of life--and another year 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.
CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING (Awarded August 2020)
This is a two-year grant, retroactive to March 1, 2020 and ending on January 31, 2022, that provides additional funding enabling law- enforcement agencies in Lebanon County to plan for and respond to the ongoing pandemic. Total amount awarded for the county is $74,630 and assists several CJAB departments as well as some municipal police departments recover eligible costs related to the COVID crisis. In December, PCCD awarded Lebanon County an additional $33,696 in funding to support law enforcement's efforts to combat COVID-19.
TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT (Awarded May 2021)
This is a "mini-grant" of $2,000 awarded to the CJAB by PCCD and the County Commissioners Association of PA to fund special short-term projects. The CJAB has approved using the award to assist MH/ID/EI with the ongoing Suicide Prevention Campaign.