Community Justice Integrated Services
CJIS is the collective name for a number of services commissioned by the CJISB (Community Justice Integrated Services Board). This includes: -
- Drug Intervention Programme (DIP)
- Arrest Referral (AR)
- Tough Choices (Wrexham)
- Conditional caution (Police disposal)
- Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR)
- Alcohol treatment Requirement(ATR)
The CJISB is a board made up of representatives from the Police and crime commissioner’s office, Probation Community Rehabilitation Company and National Probation Service, Police, Prison, Community Safety Partnerships, Area Planning Board, Supporting People, National Offender Management, Welsh Government, Dept. of Work and Pensions, and Courts.
This Board is currently chaired by Stephen Hughes (Chief executive of the OPCC), and is also attended by the Regional Management Team.
Annual Report 2016
There are two distinct funding streams which make up the funding received and utilised by this Board - The Home Office and National Offender Management Service. (NOMS)
The Office of the police and crime commissioner grant money annually to the CJISB for the commissioning of DIP and AR services. The services follow historical national guidance in their delivery, criteria etc.
Some Probation monies are managed by the CJISB under a pooled budget system. These monies are dedicated to the commissioning of specified services. For example the keywork functions associated with DRR’s and ATR’s.
The Drug Intervention Programme contract is currently held by ARCH Initiatives, who deliver this within an integrated model across the six areas of North Wales. DIP is intended to provide a service aimed at reducing offending by substance users, by assisting this specific group of people into drug treatment.
The aim is to assist this group with ceasing drug use with the intention that this lifestyle change will reduce the amount of acquisitive crime committed to provide the funds to use drugs. DIP is intended to target a group of offending substance users who may not be engaged with treatment in any form, and provide an intensive, time limited service to assist them to become stable within mainstream services. The DIP service also targets this client group in prison to provide ‘through the gate’ engagement with treatment.
Criminal justice workers provide, or broker provision of, appropriate wraparound services to assist service users with their identified needs.
Through the development of individually tailored care plans key workers support rehabilitation and re-integration. Aftercare is not one simple discrete process and can involve addressing other factors if these have not already been addressed during treatment, including, housing, education, training and employment. The gains made in health, improved social circumstances impact in a reduction in re-offending .
The contract for the delivery of Arrest Referral services, including Tough Choices in Wrexham, is currently held by ARCH Initiatives who deliver this within an integrated model across the six areas of North Wales. The Arrest Referral service provides drug workers within Police custody who strive to identify those detainees coming through the custody suites who may benefit from accessing DIP and other substance misuse services. Arrest Referral is a voluntary service. They assess these people within custody and can signpost, make referrals to other services, and follow up these cases.
Tough Choices is an enhanced Arrest Referral service running in areas identified as ‘intensive’ by the Home Office, due to the volume of acquisitive crime committed in the area – In North Wales we have one area identified as ‘intensive’ – Wrexham. Tough Choices targets those arrested for certain trigger offences (those deemed by the Home Office to be most likely to be committed by drug users) for drug testing. These detainees are tested for cocaine/crack cocaine and opiates. Detainees testing positive for either, or both, drugs become subject to Required Assessment (RA), whereby they must attend an assessment with a drug worker in the community at a specified time and place. The case could also become subject to Restrictions on Bail (RoB), a court bail option whereby the service user must comply with drug treatment whilst on bail. Failure to give a sample for testing, failure to attend the RA and failure to comply with the RoB conditions are all offences, even if the original arrest does not lead to a charge. This compulsory element to treatment aims to get more substance users into services, with the hope that they will choose to continue to engage following the completion of the compulsory time period.
A conditional caution is an out of court disposal that requires the person to complete specified conditions within a set time period. This allows for the Police to add educational or rehabilitative conditions with the aim that it will help change behaviour and thereby negating their need for criminal behaviour. CJIT workers individually assess and identify needs and provide or broker appropriate services. If a person fails to engage a statement is supplied to the Police who then have the option of instigating court proceedings.
DRR & ATR
The contract for the delivery of DRR and ATR is currently held by ARCH Initiatives, who deliver this within an integrated CJIT model alongside AR and DIP. The element of the DRR/ATR commissioned by the CJISB is the assessment, key working and reporting service.
The CJISB also work closely with a number of additional partner agencies within the region to enhance service access and promote integrated working, these include, third sector organisations, local authorities, further education establishments and the Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board.