Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Free Intensive Outpatient Counseling Program

Are you having difficulty controlling your addiction? Need more than one group session a week?
Parolees in Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, and Walker Counties are eligible for FREE Intensive Ouptpatient Counseling. Contact your Parole Officer now!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Can I get off parole early?
A. It is possible. Depending on your crime, your time on parole, your behavior, and your risk level, you may be eligible for commutation and early discharge. Ask your parole officer for more information.

Q. What can I do to make parole easier and discharge early?
A. Get and keep a job (unless disabled), attend and participate in programs, don’t break the law, avoid the wrong crowd and bad influences, don’t use drugs or alcohol, be truthful to your parole officer and tell him/her immediately if you have a problem. Be HONEST with yourself, admit your problems & weaknesses. Commit to changing if you really want a better life.

Q. What if I have a problem?
A. Talk to your parole officer. Ask your parole officer for help before the problem gets too serious. Contact a local counseling resource (see list on this blog).

Q. What is M.R.T.?
A. M.R.T., or Moral Reconation Therapy, is a program designed to improve a person’s decision-making skills and lead a crime-free life. Ask your parole officer about enrolling. Successful completion may improve your chances of getting off parole early.

Q. What if I get arrested?
A. Contact your parole officer before you post bond. An arrest doesn’t always mean that you will return to prison.

Q. What is Electronic Monitoring?
A. Electronic Monitoring (E.M.) is a form of house arrest. Someone on E.M. is required to wear a transmitter on his/her ankle that sends radio signals to a device connected to your phone line. This device notifies your parole officer when you leave and return home. If you are on E.M., your time away from home will be restricted. You are required to pay a daily fee while on E.M. This program may be imposed as a special condition by the Parole Board, or it may be a sanction for parole violation(s).

Q. How long must I be on E.M. if I have that as a special condition?
A. Typically, E.M. lasts for 120 to 180 days (four to six months) unless you are a sex offender. With good behavior you may be permitted to end E.M. after 90 days.

Q. How do I pay my parole fee?
A. Bring a money order for $30 to your parole officer. Be sure to put your name and inmate (EF)number on the money order. Payment is due on the first of every month unless you meet requirements for exemption.

MRT Class Schedules

Monday evenings at the LaFayette Parole Office
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays at the Ringgold Church of Christ Ministry Center
7099 Nashville St., Ringgold (Behind the Church)
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Thursday evenings at the LaFayette Parole Office
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Local Counseling Resources

Adaptive Coping Responses
102 West LaFayette Square, Suite 205
LaFayette, GA 30728
(706) 638-2998
Sex offender counseling, anger management

Celebrate Recovery
Oakwood Baptist Church
115 Oakwood St.
Chickamauga, GA 30707
Chemical dependency, eating disorders, emotional issues, 12-step workshops, sexual addictions.
No fee required – Faith-based programs

Correctional Counseling & Probation Svcs.
Rhyne Building. 2nd Floor
102 West LaFayette Square
LaFayette, GA 30728
(423) 629-0840
Substance abuse counseling, anger management, batterer's intervention, and parenting
Fee Also a Chattanooga location
Lookout Mountain Community Services - Catoosa
Fant Drive
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742

Lookout Mountain Community Services– Chattooga
83 Highway 48
Summerville, GA 30747

Lookout Mountain Community Services– Dade
12580 North Main St.
Trenton, GA 30752

Lookout Mountain Community Services– Walker
501 Mize Street
LaFayette, GA 30728
Mental health & substance abuse counseling.
Fee (sliding scale)

Fountain of Life Counseling
822 Belvoir Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37412
(423) 903-2231
Mental health & grief counseling – Faith-based
Fee (sliding scale)

Healing Bridge
Rhyne Bldg. Suite 201
West LaFayette Square
LaFayette, GA 30728
(706) 638-2533
Counseling for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
No fee required

Freedom Counseling Services
151 Bell Rd.
Rock Spring, GA
(706) 764-1460
Alcohol & drug - outpatient, residential, relapse prevention, evaluations – Faith-based

Please Note:
Residential substance abuse, aftercare, & intensive outpatient programs may be available. These programs include both faith-based and non-faith-based programs. Most require a fee. Contact your parole officer for more information.

Adult Education - Adult Literacy Centers

  • Catoosa County-–----- (706) 861-1757
  • Chattooga County–-----(706) 857-0771
  • Dade County –--------- (706) 657-2205
  • Walker County –------- (706) 764-3521

Non-Emergency Medical & Dental Care for Low Income/Uninsured

Primary Health Care Center of Trenton
13570 North Main Street
Trenton, Georgia 30752
Phone: 706-657-7575

Primary Health Care Center of Rossville
1430 Suggs Street
Rossville, Georgia 30741
(706) 866-5520

Services include the medical specialities of pediatrics, family medicine and dentistry, with specialized diabetes and women's health programs.

The Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center and is a member agency of the United Way of Greater Chattanooga (TN). Their mission is to provide high quality, affordable and accessible preventive services, primary health care and dental services to all individuals, regardless of ability to pay.