After initial discussions/training with Probation and treatment agencies, the SSOTR was implemented in the 20th Judicial District of Colorado. All treatment agencies were required to utilize it as part of their standard reporting format. Probation Officers also used the SSOTR as a framework for staffing cases with treatment providers. Three benefits were immediately realized.
1. Enhanced case plans. The treatment teams found the structure provided by the instrument focused the team on clarifying the goals of treatment. Both therapists and probation officers indicated the SSOTR provided the team with a “measuring rod” of the case plan.
2. Clarifying Discrepancies. Upon implementation, treatment teams found they did not always agree on interpretation of the SSOTR elements or offender behavior. Team members reported that the ensuing discussions were remarkably productive in two ways. First, the discussions were an educational process for both officers and therapists which often revealed new information about the offenders. Second, the end result was a building of consensus among team members regarding both treatment/management expectations and offender behavior.
3. Clarification of Expectations. The treatment team and the offender were able to create a clear set of expectations. Using the completed SSOTR as a platform for discussions with the offenders, the treatment team was able to provide definitive goals and expectations. While many offenders were surprised they were not as progressed in treatment as they had previously thought, all welcomed the clarity of expectations.