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NCJ Number: 67869 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: PROJECT SCOUT (SENIOR CITIZENS OUTREACH UNIT TEAM) - INVOLVING DRUG ABUSING OFFENDERS IN COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Author(s): J ROSS; H MAYELL; J WILLIAMS
Corporate Author: Project Connection Macro Systems, Inc/NASADAD
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Project Connection Macro Systems, Inc/NASADAD
Silver Spring, MD 20910
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Contract Number: 271-78-4628
Publication Number: DHEW (ADM) 80-927
Sale Source: Project Connection Macro Systems, Inc/NASADAD
8630 Fenton St
Suite 300
Silver Spring, MD 20910
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PROJECT S.C.O.U.T. (SENIOR CITIZENS OUTREACH UNIT TEAM) INVOLVES DRUG ABUSE OFFENDERS IN PROVIDING SERVICES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS, THUS BUILDING THE OFFENDERS' SELF IMAGE AND POSITIVELY INVOLVING THEM IN THE COMMUNITY.
Abstract: THIS NEW YORK CITY PROGRAM BEGAN INFORMALLY WHEN PERSONNEL OF PROJECT RETURN, A DRUG TREATMENT FACILITY, BEGAN TO SEARCH FOR MEANINGFUL WAYS TO INVOLVE OFFENDERS IN THE COMMUNITY AND TO HELP THEM DEVELOP MARKETABLE SKILLS. THE PROGRAM DEVELOPED IN FOUR PHASES. DURING THE FIRST, INFORMAL ESCORT AND ERRAND-RUNNING SERVICES WERE PROVIDED WHILE THE PROGRAM BUILT A RECORD IN THE COMMUNITY. DURING THE SECOND PHASE, PROJECT S.C.O.U.T. ACTIVELY SOUGHT POLICE COOPERATION. THE POLICE CALLED S.C.O.U.T. TO HELP WITH ROUTINE POLICE-ESCORT CALLS AND TO PROVIDE SIMPLE FORMS OF AID, SUCH AS TAKING ELDERLY PERSONS TO THE DOCTOR OR TO THE GROCERY STORE--DUTIES WHICH WERE NOT WITHIN THE SCOPE OF POLICE WORK BUT WHICH THE POLICE WERE OFTEN ASKED TO PERFORM. THEN, S.C.O.U.T. MADE CONTACT WITH HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS WHICH HAD LARGE NUMBERS OF SENIOR CITIZENS. AN INTENSIVE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN ADVERTISED THE SERVICES AVAILABLE AND THE S.C.O.U.T. PHONE NUMBER. FINALLY, IN THE FOURTH PHASE, FUNDING WAS SOUGHT, A PROJECT FACILITY WAS ESTABLISHED, AND THOSE INVOLVED WITH DRUG TREATMENT BEGAN TO ACCEPT THE CONCEPT AS A VIABLE FORM OF THERAPY. THE PROGRAM HAS AIDED DRUG OFFENDERS BY INCREASING SELF ESTEEM, IMPROVING CHANCES OF REENTRY INTO THE COMMUNITY, AND DEVELOPING EMPLOYMENT SKILLS. THE ELDERLY HAVE RECEIVED ESCORT, TRANSPORTATION, EMERGENCY HELP, AND COMPANIONSHIP. THE POLICE HAVE RECEIVED HELP IN SERVING A VULNERABLE POPULATION AND HAVE DEVELOPED A POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH TRADITIONAL ADVERSARIES. THIS ARTICLE DESCRIBES THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROGRAM IN DETAIL AND GIVES A CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. DIAGRAMS AND REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED.
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Drug offenders; Drug treatment programs; New York; Older Adults (65+); Police community relations; Volunteer programs
Note: PROJECT CONNECTION - BEST STRATEGY, STRATEGY NO 7
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