Treatment and Classes


The Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department provides in-house treatment options for moderate to high risk offenders who are identified as having significant problems associated with substance abuse/dependency.   The Department also offers educational and cognitive behavioral classes which are designed to provide clients with the necessary skills to identify, plan, and implement effective problem solving techniques, address criminal thinking, and teach prosocial skills.

Cognitive-Behavioral Substance Abuse Interventions

The purpose of this program is to provide in-house treatment options for moderate to high risk offenders who are identified through the CAC as having significant problems associated with substance abuse/dependency. The substance abuse group and individual sessions are based on a cognitive-behavioral model. The treatment curriculum was designed by the University of Cincinnati, Corrections Institute (UCCI). The curriculum consists of 50 sessions across 6 modules that cover motivational enhancement, cognitive restructuring, emotional regulation, social skills, problem solving, and success planning. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Moderate to High Risk on TRAS 
  • Substance abuse or dependency issues 
  • Intensive outpatient or supportive outpatient level of care 
  • Eligible for in-house funding (TAIP Eligible)

Supportive Outpatient Programming

The purpose of Supportive Outpatient (SOP) is to provide clients identified with some substance abuse characteristics the skills to remain sober. SOP services generally range between 3 and 6 months and are a minimum of 2 hours a week. Clients who attend SOP are generally required to participate in aftercare upon completion.

Effective Decision Making

This program is designed to provide clients who are identified through the assessment process with poor problem solving skills the necessary skills in identifying, planning, and implementing effective problem solving techniques.  Clients learn strategies to problem solving and have opportunities to practice skills through role play and homework assignments.  Clients are required to attend 8 hours of group. 

Thinking for a Change (T4C)

This program is a nationally recognized program designed for moderate to high risk offenders who engage in high risk criminal behavior as identified through a structured risk assessment. T4C is 25 sessions held for 1½ hours each that focus on addressing criminal thinking, teaching prosocial skill sets, and focusing on problem solving.

DWI Education Program

This program is required by the State of Texas for any offender who is convicted of a first offense DWI. It is a 12 hour education program focused on educating clients on the DWI laws, discussing the effects of alcohol and drugs on the body and driving skills, and provides some review of dependency characteristics. 

Texas Drug Offender Education Program (TDOEP)

This program is designed to educate persons convicted of drug-related offenses about the dangers of drug abuse as well as to satisfy the legal requirement for reinstatement of suspended drivers’ licenses.  This program does not replace the DWI Education Program which is still required for DWI offenders.  It is a 15 hour education program focused on teaching clients about the history and law of the TDOEP, the dynamics of drug use/abuse and identifying skills necessary for lifestyle changes.

Adult Education Program

The purpose of this program is to assist clients who have difficulty with English become more proficient. It is legislatively mandated for any client who is unable to function at a 6th grade level. Clients will work towards obtaining their GED as they progress through the program. The length and duration of the program is based on an evaluation of the individual’s knowledge and skills. 

Community Service Restitution Program (CSRP)

This program coordinates the placement at non-profit, governmental or faith based organizations of clients ordered by the courts to perform community service. This includes those for whom service is ordered as a condition of their sentence as well as for some non-community supervision clients who serve hours in lieu of incarceration or as payment of fines and fees. Additionally, information about the clients’ hour completion is collected and entered into a computer system on a regular basis for access by the courts and supervision officers.