The Day Reporting Center Expands Its Reach
(CSOSA Newslink, Fall 2004)
The Day Reporting Center (DRC) began operations on June 1, 2004. The DRC was initially designed to service unemployed offenders who reported to Taylor Street who were in need of structured programming. The program accepts referrals from CSOs for a variety of services that includes: substance abuse, parenting, domestic violence, victimization, volunteerism and life skills. Realizing that some offenders who were not enrolled in the DRC still may need some of the aforementioned services, it was decided that certain programming would be made available to the general offender population. Recently, the program began a relationship with Project Orion to provide medical services to DC residents in their own communities. This program will be available to all offenders.
The Project Orion bus arrived promptly at Taylor Street on October 12, 2004 for client intakes. By the close of business, a dozen offenders had received services. Considering the large reporting population at Taylor Street, the total number served was slightly below expectations, however, Project Orion is optimistic that numbers will increase. The program in collaboration with the DRC, will determine which day of the week will provide for greater numbers.
In addition to being available for all CSOSA offenders, the program is also open to community residents. Project Orion is managed by Unity Health Care in partnership with the Department of Health. Via a mobile outreach model, the program provides medical insurance for DC residents as well as the following services:
- primary medical care;
- counseling, testing and treatment for HIV, STD's, Hepatitis B and C as well as tuberculosis (TB);
- substance abuse outreach, prevention, education, counseling and intake for treatment;
- social service case management;
- housing/shelter referrals and food assistance.
Project Orion will be stationed at Taylor once every month to ensure that offenders are provided with the most accessible medical care available.
For more information please contact Curtis Atkinson, Day Reporting Coordinator, at (202) 585-7706.
For additional information on CSOSA media releases contact:
Leonard A. Sipes, Jr.
Senior Public Affairs Specialist
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
633 Indiana Avenue, NW Suite 1263
Washington, DC 20004