Topic: applyin’g for a job as a case manager at REALITY HOUSE
Describe skills, training, or experience related to the position that you
are applying for:
Provide any volunteer/internship experience:
If you have had gaps of unemployment, explain those gaps:
If applying for a part time position, please list hours of availability:
Please describe what you believe Reality House Programs to be and the way
you see the position you are applying for to fit into the organization:
How do you anticipate your demeanor will be with people who have been
convicted of criminal behavior?
If hired, what type of relationship do you anticipate having with current
or past participants of Reality House Programs?
The mission of Reality House Programs, Inc. is to provide a broad
continuum of community corrections in the least restrictive and most
productive environment; while remaining true to our core philosophy of
helping to maintain the rehabilitative focus of our participants,
offering accountability to our courts, providing safety for our
community, and seeking retribution for the victims of crime.
We believe in a prosperous future for participants who commit to a future
free of substance abuse & crime.
Our strategy to fulfill our mission is grounded in the principles
outlined by the Missouri Reentry Process (restated herein):
Our participants can change and be productive citizens;
The reentry process begins when the participant first enters the
institution or seeks help;
Reality House Programs, Inc. will help to ensure that there is seamless
continuum of services for the participant coming from prison or other
Participants must remain sober and live in an environment that teaches
Participants must receive training, education, and treatment to help
them be better prepared for the transition into the community;
Participants must meet their obligations to their children to help
reduce the intergenerational cycle of crime;
Employment is an important element in ensuring that the participant
Ensure Faith-based and/or Family support elements in ensuring the
participant’s future ability to reintegrate into the community;
Participants must have help to access to healthcare services;
Reality House Programs, Inc. must endeavor to enforce restitution for,
and input from, the victims of crime.
This mission statement is reviewed by the corporate board of directors
annually and updated as neede
Reality House was founded 42 years ago, in 1970, with a more limited role
than today: it was to provide local judges, for the first time, with an
alternative sentencing option for first time offenders.
At the time, circuit judges could send these convicted offenders to
prison, usually the state penitentiary, or back onto the streets in the
care of probation officers. Using federal money provided under the Law
Enforcement Assistance Act, our local LEAA committee researched and
established Reality House based on a fledgling experiment in Minnesota.
One of our current Board of Director member, Hank Waters, states that one
of the most interesting and rewarding experiences of his civic life was
service on the LEAA committee under the chairmanship of Judge Frank
Conley and subsequently as a founding member of the Reality House board,
a position he says he is “pleased to occupy to this day”.
With fragile funding and the challenge of selling their dream to judges,
state legislators and other public officials in lawmaking and criminal
corrections fields, Reality House began to do good work and gradually
proved its worth. For the first time, judges had a better option for many
of the fledgling criminals they had to sentence and public budget makers
found good reason to provide funding as part of their corrections
The judge could sentence the first-time offender to probation with an
initial experience at Reality House, where serious rules were in effect
and heavy-duty Reality Therapy counseling occurred. A fact of criminal
life is that most youthful first-time offenders were, and still are,
afflicted with drug and alcohol problems. As Hank says, “The idea, of
course, was to divert the burgeoning miscreant from a life of crime and
into productive citizenship.”
The idea proved successful. The original role continues, and Reality
House since has evolved to fill a continuum of criminal justice system
and treatment programming.
The original dream, still being worked out today, was to take care of
local criminal offenders here at home instead of sending them off to
dangerous environments, such as prison. It was believed then, as it is
today, that it would save lives, save money, make society safer and allow
judges to provide more humane, intelligent options for sentencing
At Reality House Programs, we believe people can change, and we provide
the opportunity. We also believe in the importance of proving
opportunities for the offender to interact with the community, while
meeting their responsibilities and obligations to the criminal justice
system and community.
Reality House Programs has an ethical responsibility to the participants
and community it serves. Our program philosophy; through our mission,
vision, and core approach; provides a consistent and ethical framework
for our participant services and business practices. To support ethical
operations and fair treatment of participants Reality House Programs
operates according to a policy of ethical behavior. Our ethical practices
serve to ensure that Reality House Programs, Inc. conducts its business,
and participant care practices, in an honest, decent, and proper manner.
Our core approach is fostering participant acceptance of self-
responsibility and promoting a motivation to change.
Job Title: BOP Case Manager
Summary Job Description: The scope of BOP Case Manager’s responsibility
shall include supervision of all participants and compliance with all
governing contracts related to the corporation’s BOP program. Moreover,
must maintain satisfactory rapport with the liaison officer assigned by
the governing contractor to monitor said participants and contract
Key Areas of Responsibility:
• BOP Program Policies, Procedures, and Contract Compliance
• BOP Staff, Participant, and Referral Agency Relations
• BOP Participant Supervision
• BOP Resource Management
Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree. Law Enforcement, Drug/Mental Health
Case Management or Counseling, Social Services, Judiciary background.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and credentials.
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