Arlyn became a Probation Officer with the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department (MCAPD) in 1997 and promoted to Supervisor in 2005. She currently serves as MCAPD’s Thinking for a Change (T4C) Program Coordinator. A true champion of this cognitive-behavioral intervention, Arlyn successfully managed a BJA Smart Supervision grant to expand the T4C program. Accomplishments included streamlining referral and enrollment processes; reducing client wait time to enter group; coordinating group space, staffing, and scheduling across multiple locations; training of T4C facilitators; and training and marketing with probation officers to generate referrals and buy-in. With community treatment providers, Arlyn developed a collaborative model of implementing T4C with a sustainable funding source. Under Arlyn’s leadership, significant outcomes were achieved. Based on results of the grant evaluation:
- 128 T4C groups were provided and over 2,600 probationers referred and accepted to the program, surpassing MCAPD’s targets to provide 65 groups and serve 864.
- Of those probationers who entered a group, half graduated from T4C.
- Of a comparison group who had not been referred to T4C, 53.5% experienced a Petition to Revoke (PTR) compared to 15% for those who completed T4C.
- 25.6% of the comparison group had been revoked to incarceration compared to only 2.7% of those who completed T4C.
The positive outcomes could not have been achieved without the energy, enthusiasm, dedication, and skill that Arlyn brings to her role as T4C Program Coordinator. She is a change maker who has contributed significantly to the MCAPD’s ability to provide evidence-based programming.#probation#communityinvolvement#intervention