TEXAS DWI EDUCATION PROGRAM - Article 42.12, Section 13(h),Code of Criminal Procedure requires persons convicted of first offense DWI and receiving probation, to attend and successfully complete an educational program certified by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Failure to complete the program within 180 days (unless an extension was granted) from the date probation was granted will result in the offender's license being revoked. The license cannot be reinstated until the educational program is completed. The standardized program is 12 hours in length and is designed to help DWI offenders increase their knowledge about alcohol and drugs as these substances relate to driving skills, to identify their own individual drinking/drug use and driving patterns, and to assist them in developing plans which will reduce the probability of future DWI behavior. Specific course topics include alcohol/drug and traffic safety problems, Texas laws relating to DWI, effects of alcohol/drugs on humans, alcohol/drugs and driving task abilities, chemical dependency, symptoms of dependency, sources of assistance, costs of DWI, and decision-making.
TEXAS DWI REPEAT OFFENDER PROGRAM - Article 42.12, Section 13(j), Code of Criminal Procedure requires persons convicted of subsequent DWI offenses to attend a program for "repeat offenders" approved by TCADA. Failure to complete the program will result in the offender’s license being revoked until the program has been completed. This standardized program is 30 hours in length and is designed for multiple DWI offenders and/or others who have alcohol/drug related problems for which the first offender program was not designed to address. The program purpose is to intervene in the alcohol/drug abusing lifestyles of the offenders in order to encourage entry into treatment where indicated as well as to prevent further substance abuse related problems. Specific course topics include lifestyle issues, values, self-esteem, positive thinking vs. irrational beliefs, responsibility, physiological/psychological effects of drugs, alcoholism, chemical dependency, how drug abuse effects family members, co-dependency, Al-Anon, treatment options, 12-Step Self-Help Groups, peer pressure, relapse prevention, problem solving and action planning.
TEXAS DRUG OFFENDER EDUCATION PROGRAM (DOEP) - Section 521.371-521.377, Texas Transportation Code (formerly Article 6687b, Section 24B, Texas Civil Statutes) states that persons convicted of misdemeanor or felony drug offenses will automatically have their licenses suspended for a period of six months. In order to have their license reinstated, they must attend and successfully complete an education program on the dangers of drug abuse approved by TCADA. Failure to complete the program will result in the license being revoked indefinitely until the education program is completed. The standardized program is 15 hours in length and is designed to increase the knowledge of drug offenders by educating them on the dangers of drug abuse and associated illegal activities, to identify their own individual drug-use patterns, and to assist them in developing a personal action plan which will reduce the probability of suffering the consequences of future drug using and illegal behavior. Specific course topics include history of drug abuse, drug/DWI laws, dynamics of drug use, drugs of abuse, how drugs work, cost of use and abuse, health issues, HIV, interpersonal relationships, deglamorization of drugs, values and behaviors, past and desired behaviors, getting control of your life, resource options, and personal action planning. (Not applicable to deferred adjudication)
BATTERER'S INTERVENTION PROGRAM (BIP) - Requiring batterers to attend intervention programming as a condition of probation or component of pretrial diversion is fast becoming an integral part of many jurisdictions' response to domestic violence, yet many judges and probation officers lack basic information about the goals of and methods used by local batterer programs. The diversity of available programming and the emotionally charged ideological subtext to program choice make understanding and working with program providers potentially difficult for criminal justice professionals. This report is intended to meet the need for increased information exchange between criminal justice professionals and batterer treatment providers. Specifically, this report will help criminal justice personnel -- including prosecutors, judges, probation officers, and victim advocates - - better understand the issues surrounding batterer intervention and enable them to make appropriate referrals to programs and to communicate effectively with program providers. Program staff will find the report helpful in their efforts to understand the constraints faced by the criminal justice agencies that refer and monitor batterers as well as the underlying goals of the criminal justice system -- to protect victims and to deter reoffense -- and thus be able to align program practices with criminal justice expectations.
ALCOHOL EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR MINORS PROGRAM: (aka MINOR IN POSSESSION (MIP) Section 106.115, Alcoholic Beverage Code, requires minors convicted of first or subsequent offenses for the purchase, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages to attend an alcohol awareness course approved by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in addition to assessing a fine. If a TCADA approved course is not available, the court shall require the defendant to perform 8-12 hours of community service. Failure to complete the alcohol awareness course or community service within 90 days of conviction will result in a license suspension of up to 6 months. TCADA has adopted minimum operational requirements for alcohol awareness programs seeking our approval. Administrator/instructor training in the use of the standardized curriculum is offered quarterly.
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT / ANGER CONTROL COUNSELING - This program area will focus on the cause and effect of the inability to control anger, stress, and hostility in your life. Many people struggle with controlling their anger and it affects every area of life, especially their relationships. Animo helps our clients understand the processes necessary to gain control and improve their relationships. We will delve into what controlling behavior is and assist in finding the root causes of anger issues. Through counseling and education, we have seen these issues resolved and families reunited.
Anger impedes our ability to be happy, because anger and happiness are incompatible.
Anger sends marriages and other family relationships off-course.
Anger reduces our social skills, compromising other relationships, too.
Anger means lost business, because it destroys relationships.
Anger also means losing business that you could have won in a more gracious mood.
Anger leads to increased stress (ironic, since stress often increases anger).
We make mistakes when we are angry, because anger makes it harder to process information.
CARING DADS PROGRAM - Caring Dads is an intervention program designed for men who have abused or neglected their children or exposed them to abuse of their mothers.
Designed to fill a significant gap in services to maximize the safety and well-being of children and their mothers, Caring Dads was developed and piloted over five years. This 12-session group program draws from best practices in the fields of batterer intervention, parenting, behavior change, child maltreatment, and working with resistant clients.
We are committed to being accountable to the safety and well-being of women and children while at the same time working to engage fathers and support them in developing better relationships with their families.
THEFT INTERVENTION PROGRAM - Four hour training sessions designed to address court ordered treatment requirements for clients placed on county probation for “Theft” related offenses. Class will include: quizzes on current laws, fines, length of probation, victim awareness and behavioral issues that contribute to theft offenses.
INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM (IOP) - Animo's Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed to assist the person who does not require inpatient care or hospitalization and are ready to return to work or school and get back to life. The IOP uses 12-Step and proven clinical treatment methods to bring about a positive change in your life and bring you back to a place where you are a strong and independent person.
SUPPORTIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM (SOP) - The SOP is perfect for those that have advanced beyond the Intensive Outpatient Program and are ready for a higher degree of independence. Individuals will have a basic understanding of addiction and effective coping. Our Supportive Outpatient Program helps clients develop effective relapse prevention skills through education, individual and group sessions.