Transitional Intervention for Parole Supervision (TIPS)
CSOSA has established three specialized Transitional Intervention for Parole Supervision (TIPS) teams to assist offenders on parole and supervised release successfully transition back into the community.
The TIPS program ensures that offenders transitioning directly to the community or through a Federal Bureau of Prison's Residential Reentry Center (RRC, also referred to as a halfway house) receive assessment, counseling, and appropriate referrals for treatment and/or services. The TIPS Community Supervision Officers (CSOs) work with each offender to develop a transition plan while the offender resides in the RRC under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
TIPS staff review and approve or disapprove the offender's release plans prior to their release from the institution or the RRC to ensure their living and employment situations are appropriate. As needed, TIPS staff make recommendations for public law placements, where the offender resides in the RRC until suitable housing is located. TIPS staff also make recommendations for treatment and social services.
Two teams work with pre-parole/supervised release inmates in the institutions prior to their release to an RRC or their direct release to the community. One TIPS team is located in a local RRC and works directly with offenders to facilitate their transition from institution to the community. For offenders transitioning directly to the community from prison, the transition plan is developed during the period of incarceration.
TIPS CSOs also perform investigations on offenders from other jurisdictions who request to move to the District of Columbia under CSOSA's active supervision through the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS).
Returning from Prison to Washington, D.C. - "We Make Transitions Possible" (Journal of Community Corrections, Fall 2006)