Alternative Sentencing is a program offered by Harbor House in partnership with different courts throughout the State of Arkansas that provides offenders of certain crimes with an alternative to incarceration. This program is based on the belief that treatment and/or education is a more effective solution than incarceration. We use a Recovery Coach approach that helps clients manage mental health and substance use issues by using Acceptance Commitment Therapy and providing case management to help offenders remove barriers to leading a vital life, as well as assist with gainful employment, safe housing, and transportation. Harbor House has partnered with Adult Education Centers throughout the state to provide educational needs to better shift life directions. Alternative Sentencing impacts not only the offender, but the community as a whole. We currently offer programs in Fort Smith District Court, Greenwood District Court, and Bentonville District Court.
Harbor House coordinates alternative sentencing at no cost to the court or client. Therapeutic services are billed thorough insurance. If an offender does not have insurance, they are enrolled. If an offender is ineligible for insurance offenders will still receive services. Harbor House reports directly to the court through our court liaison if the offender is participating in therapeutic services. If the offender completes the 16-week program usually fines are reduced, jail time is waved, or the case is dismissed. For more information or for assistance implementing an Alternative Sentencing Program into your court, please contact Kasey or Robert @ 479-785-4083 or feel free to email us @ email@example.com