Through involvement with the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) and the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), ACTT is a leading partner in advocating the What Works agenda in offender treatment. Commonly used by correctional agencies, the term What Works refers to research principles and practices common to evidence-based offender programming. In a meta-analysis of correctional of correctional treatment programs, Gendreau and Andrews (1990) showed that offenders, especially substance abusers, share many of the following risk factors.
Effective treatment should be guided by the principles that are known to maximize their effectiveness (Gendreau & Andrews):
The Advocate Program is not only a treatment provider, but a correctional treatment agency. Thirty years of experience have demonstrated the importance of communication between correctional agencies and treatment providers. The Program understands the need to partner and share information with other correctional agencies. Also understood is corrections officers are partners in the treatment process. As treatment providers, ACTT must be their partners in the supervision process. The partnership with correctional agencies leads to better treatment and outcomes for the clients served.