DCS Annual Report 2015 - Page 9

COORDINATING CARE Georgia’s Office of Victim Services provides advocacy for victims and their survivors. The Georgia Commission on Family Violence is By collaborating with partner organizations and programs, we’re able to extend the scope of services available for offenders who need support most. administratively attached to DCS and works with communities and systems across the state to help end family violence. Both agencies play a crucial role in supporting the well-being of One of the most effective ways to prevent recidivism community members impacted by offenders’ is to provide high-quality treatment programs previous crimes. addressing offenders’ needs in key areas: cognitive behavior, education, mental health, and substance The Governor’s Office of Transition, Support, abuse. In addition, offenders and the communities and Reentry, which operates under the they seek to rejoin—which include offenders’ families, umbrella of DCS, helps connect offenders to employers, victims, health providers, and communities resources such as job skills training, housing of faith—encounter unique challenges throughout the and employment assistance, mentoring, and rehabilitation process. DCS helps connect offenders Healing Communities of Georgia, a faith-based and their communities with resources that will help support network. them succeed. DCS offers offenders in DRCs and DRC Lites classes in GED preparation, literacy, and life skills. DCS also refers offenders to external education DCS counselors and private partners programs. Some offenders are required to collaborate to best meet the diverse and obtain a GED as a condition of supervision, dynamic mental health needs of offenders. and officers help connect offenders with opportunities to do so. georgia department of community supervision 6