The Savannah Impact Program
The Savannah Impact Program (SIP) is a specialized unit within the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD), operating as a “Community Reentry Collaborative”, primarily focusing on “high risk” and “at risk” youth and adults. The SIP collaborative is comprised of sworn and civilian police personnel as well as numerous community supervision agencies to include the Georgia Department of Corrections, Board of Pardons and Parole, Chatham County Juvenile Court and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Collectively, the SIP Community Reentry Collaborative provides intensive supervision & accountability, cognitive-behavioral training, and employment soft skills training. SIP utilizes the “Smart Policing” concept of strategic management, analysis and research, and technology as the force for pro-active policing within SCMPD.
Efforts to Outcomes (ETO)
Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) is SCMPD – Savannah Impact’s case management software. This software was designed to track participant’s progress, interactions and compliance with the conditions of their release. This performance management software helps Savannah Impact capture “what works.” Whether it is impacting progress towards self-sufficiency for a client, or structuring programs to optimize their effectiveness, performance management—the relentless attention to how efforts relate to outcomes. This software is key in establishing more meaningful outcomes without expending extra resources. This intelligent case management software gives program managers quick and useful reporting to support continuous quality improvement, and motivates case managers by providing easy ways to monitor clients’ progress and tailor their efforts to client needs.
Cognitive Skills Training Classes
Savannah Impact Program offers cognitive behavioral classes to juveniles under supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Chatham County Juvenile Court and adults under the supervision of Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole and State Probation. These programs are also available to any at risk client receiving services at Savannah Impact. These evidence based programs are offered at no cost to the client. They are funded by the Savannah Metropolitan Police Department in their entirety. Cognitive behavioral therapy integrates the principles of cognitive theory and behavior theory. This type of therapy attempts to change both unwanted behaviors and the internal thought processes that lead to them. Treatment is based on the premise that thoughts cause feelings and external behaviors. Classes include:
- Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
- Anger Management
- Basic Life Skills (Faith Based)
- Makin’ It Work – Soft Skills Training
Re- Entry Program
In March 2005, in an effort to expand program services, SIP developed and established the SIP Re-Entry Team. The primary focus of this team is to offer the same services to clients released in the community without any conditional provisions of supervision. Participants engage in this program on a voluntary basis.
Adult Basic Education/GED services are offered on-site at Savannah Impact to juveniles 16-18 years of age who have been displaced from the school system and meet eligibility requirements. Interactive teaching methodologies and instructional materials are used to meet students’ varying needs, abilities, and interests. Computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials are used to supplement individual/classroom instruction. This service is offered through a collaborative partnership with Savannah Technical College.
GPS Monitoring (Adults/Juveniles)
Savannah Impact monitors adults who are pending court action (on bond) as well as those who have been sentenced to probation by the court system. Savannah Impact also monitors Juveniles for the Department of Juvenile Justice and Chatham County Juvenile Court.
With the regularly increasing cost of housing offender and an overcrowded prison system, the judicial systems have been forced to seek alternative sanction programs. As crime increase and prolific offenders become more common, more innovative processes have been needed to help manage them during times of bail or probation. In the past, only a fraction of offenders who qualify for house arrest programs were able to participate due to the available solution on the market. Omnilink Focal Point is the right solution for offender compliance and accountability. ‘Focal Point’ provides the accurate location of the offender in real-time, even when the offender is at home, on a bus, in a shopping mall, walking, and other places where traditional GPS solutions would not work. Omnilink provides a solution for the critical challenges of effective electronic monitoring.
Second Chance Employment
The Second Chance Employment Program is an innovative initiative geared at increasing ex-offenders and high risk adults’ success at employability. Stable employment is one of the greatest barriers for a re-entry offender’s success; and this program focuses on educating participants on job readiness skills necessary to gain and maintain employment. The Savannah Impact Program seeks to establish partnerships with the Savannah business community to offer ex-offenders in our area a “second chance.” The program includes: job readiness and soft skills training, drug screening, criminal background check, e-verify, and case management.
Work Ventures provides on-the-job training for ex-offenders and high risk adults with little to no skills or work experience. Work Ventures consists of five components: mobile car wash unit, landscaping, graffiti removal, janitorial services, and building maintenance. All participants must complete job readiness and soft skills training program and have a negative drug screen. At successful completion, participants can be recommended by SIP to compete for full-time permanent employment with the City of Savannah and other employment opportunities.
Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program
Initiated in 2013, the Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program provides academic assistance, life skills development, and job skills training to City of Savannah youth 14 – 17 years of age in the summer. Program participants are also referred to the program by Community Supervision Agencies.
The priority goal of the program is to provide opportunities for participants to improve their math and reading skills and gain job readiness skills that will lead to sustainable employment. The program has also been very resourceful for disconnected youth in our community. Read more on our Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program page.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 Youth Services Program seeks to assist eligible youth ages 14-21 in achieving academic and employment success through effective and comprehensive activities. Under WIA, Savannah Impact offers guidance, activities and services in the following ten program elements:
- Tutoring, study skills training and instruction leading to secondary school completion, including dropout prevention strategies.
- Alternative secondary school offerings
- Employment opportunities directly linked to academic and occupational learning
- Pain and unpaid work experiences, including internships and job shadowing
- Occupational skills training
- Leadership development opportunities
- Supportive services
- Adult mentoring
- Follow-up services
- Comprehensive guidance and counseling
All applicants must meet eligibility requirements to participant. For more information visit the WIA website at www.wiasip.com.
The Director of SIP is Ms. Sala Menaya