Community Supervision and Corrections (Adult Probation)

Programs and Classes


Instructions for Course Enrollment:


Classes and Programs are offered in all three Counties (depending on availability)

Clients shall obtain a referral to programs/classes through an Officer ONLY.


Persons not on supervision/probation may contact the Programs Division Headquarters for enrollment and scheduling of any course.


Programs Headquarters: 700 N LBJ Suite #112, San Marcos, Texas 78666 / 512-353-8923; Contact Irene for scheduling (only if you are NOT ON PROBATION)




The following is a list of programs offered by the tri-county Judicial District Community Supervision  & Corrections department:



Anger Intervention

Offenders who assault and clients who have difficulty controlling their behavior when angry attend and pay a fee for this program. This six-hour program addresses the changing role of men in the abuse cycle, the influence of drugs on assaultive behavior, relaxation and stress reduction and elements of Albert Ellis' Rational Emotive Therapy to deal with cognitive issues leading to abuse.



Budgeting Course


This is a two session program that covers appropriate budget planning , checking account management, and responsible credit management principles.  It is designed for offenders who have histories of poor financial management patterns and for those who fall behind on money owed to the court.



Commitment to Change

Targeted to clients in need of long-term cognitive restructuring information, this 72-hour program addresses problem-solving skills and underlying cognitive issues that need to be restructured in clients at higher risk. There is a fee for this program.



Day Treatment Program    


Because of a delay for an offender to enter 90-day residential chemical dependency treatment had become as long as six months in duration due to the sheer numbers of persons needing treatment, the Day Treatment Program was created as an initiative in 2003 to alleviate the lengthy waiting period, and to offer the Criminal Courts another alternative to incarceration. 

The Program Design includes 120 hours of education and counseling over the course of a six week period.  The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.  The curriculum of the Program includes:


 Chemical dependency education and counseling;

 Cognitive-behavioral programming;

 Relapse prevention;

 Orientation to 12-step self-help support groups;

 Tobacco education;  

 Education related to HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections;

 Awareness of values, attitude and behavior;

 Lifestyle issues pertaining to nutrition, exercise, and leisure time;


 Co-dependency in relationship issues;

 Communication skills and conflict resolution;

 Emotional health;

 Life management skills; and

 Crisis intervention.




Discovery Group

This program is for clients with strong indicators of drug/alcohol abuse who should be going to a 12-step (AA/NA) program. In this six-hour program, the leader addresses chemical  dependency as a disease. Families and/or significant others are expected to participate in this program. The goal is to get the probationer into an ongoing 12-step program or other support group.



Domestic Violence Prevention

Offenders with domestic violence issues are enrolled in this program which costs $150 for locally supervised clients or $300 for others. A 24-session program designed to address factors leading to family violence: the abuse cycle, the influence of drugs/alcohol in assaultive situations, stress reduction, relaxation and creative ways to express emotions without violence.



Drug Offender Education

This program targets offenders convicted of drug-related offenses and other probationers who have drug-related symptoms. There is a charge for this program. Sanctioned by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, this program is designed to educate clients on the dangers of drug use/abuse and associated illegal activities. The eight sessions of this program include both pre-admission and exit interviews and cover topics including:


 Illegal aspects of drug use/abuse

 History of drug abuse

 Effects of specific drugs

 Downward steps to drug dependence

 Costs of drug use/abuse

 HIV infection

 Values and behavior inventory

 Drug replacements

 Relapse prevention and warning signs

 Personal action plan to remain drug free




This program targets first time DWI offenders and requires a fee. This course is certified by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Six sessions, including a pre-admission and exit interview, plus four modules:


 DWI as a social problem, the law and client hostilities toward the criminal justice system

 Physical and psychological effects of alcohol

 Problem drinking and alcoholism

 Decision-making including a plan to prevent future DWI behavior




This program targets repeat DWI offenders and there is a charge for this program. This program includes much of the same information as the DWI-Education program explained above, except it lasts 18-20 sessions and covers the following topics in-depth:


 Costs vs. benefits of using alcohol

 Good eating & physical/leisure time activities

 Emotional issues

 Communication styles and personal goal-setting

 Family roles in the user/abuser

 Use of 12-step support group (AA/NA) with a local resource guide

 Support network

 Relaxation and creative ways to deal with stress effectively

 Warning signs of relapse

 Drink refusal role-plays

 Personal action plan to avoid future problematic behavior.



DWI-Victim Impact Panel

In this free program, DWI offenders listen as a panel of victims who have been personally injured and those who have lost family members as a result of DWI-related accidents tell how the DWI behavior of someone affected their lives.



In-House Out-Patient Program (IHOPP)

This free program is offered to clients suspected of chemical dependency problems identified through CSO assessment, prior record and/or positive urine samples. Facilitated by a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor this program includes three aspects of chemical dependency programming:


 Individual assessment/evaluation

 Individual counseling for crisis issues and relapse prevention

 Ongoing out-patient program services (group or individual).



Life Management Series for Theft Intervention & Life Skills

This program targets clients in need of self-improvement values clarification and behavior control. Fees are charged. This is a short program designed to help clients develop a personal plan for a successful future. Homework assignments are a big part of this program.



Male/Female Offender Group    


This is a cognitive restructure, long-term (1-2 years) program aimed at confronting criminal thinking patterns to redirect thought processes into pro-social and acceptable ways.



Nature of Marijuana Program


Three session education program for offenders probated for or involved with the use on marijuana.  The program looks critically at the illegal actions involved in using marijuana and points out the dangers for people choosing to use this drug in today's world.



Recovery Works
Clients who have completed residential treatment participate in this free support group which is facilitated by a licensed chemical dependency counselor to aid those clients who  have begun to walk the 12-steps of recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) but who need encouragement and technical advice to complete their recovery.



Relapse Prevention Group


After completing a treatment program along with a significant number of 12-step (AA/NA) meetings, clients are referred to this program.  The focus of this group is awareness and avoidance of "triggers" that may lead to use of drugs or alcohol again, keeping the participant sober, and dealing with the needed changes to maintain the sobriety started in treatment.



Sex Offender Groups


These programs are facilitated by Registered Sex Offender Treatment Providers in Texas and deal with cognitive restructuring of the thinking patterns of offenders under supervision for sex offenses defined by state law.



Victim Impact Panel


A panel of victims of various types of crime (from property to crimes of violence) speak to help offenders understand the full effects that criminal behavior has had on their lives. This free program is offered to criminal offenders whose crime involved a victim.

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