CSOSA's goals shape its vision for the District of Columbia and are the foundation of its programmatic activities. To translate these goals into operational terms, CSOSA has adopted five Strategies that define the key activities through which these goals will be achieved. They are:
- Strategy 1.1: Risk and Needs Assessment - Assess an offender's risk and needs in a timely and effective manner to determine appropriate levels of supervision and the need for treatment and support services;
- Strategy 1.2: Close Supervision - Provide close supervision of assessed offenders through effective case management practices including incentives for compliance, immediate graduated sanctions for violations of release conditions and ongoing drug testing and monitoring;
- Strategy 1.3: Treatment and Support Services - Provide appropriate treatment and support services as determined by the risk and needs assessment to assist offenders in maintaining compliance and reintegrating into the community;
- Strategy 1.4: Partnerships - Establish partnerships with federal and local government agencies, faith institutions, and community organizations to facilitate close supervision of offenders in the community; and
- Strategy 2.1: Timely and Accurate Information to Decision-Makers - CSOSA provides timely and accurate information with meaningful recommendations to criminal justice decision-makers so they may determine the appropriate release conditions and/or disposition of cases. Types of information provided include, but are not limited to, status reports and assessments, notification of absconding, pre- and post-sentencing reports, AVRs and the submission of early termination packages.