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News from the Adult Probation Division



The Adult Probation division is responsible to the Court for investigating and supervising adult offenders and alleged offenders.  Written investigative reports are provided to the Court at the pretrial stage, sentencing stage, and during supervision. If an offender is sentenced to pretrial or probation supervision, the conditions imposed by the Court are monitored by probation officers and include office visits, home and work contacts, facilitation of treatment, urinalysis testing, public service work, and criminal record checks.  More about the individual functions of the division may be found here.





Adult Probation Highlights for 2014


Adult Probation provided internships for eleven interns from local universities. The interns completed between 200 – 500 hours of internship programming and training.


Adult Probation officers in our Probation Field Unit and Pretrial Services Unit received mobile technology for use in the field which increased efficiency and safety of officers during home visits and field contacts.


An officer from the State Police conducted two (four hour) training sessions at Adult Probation on Sex Offender Registration Laws.

A Probation Officer was appointed chair of the treatment committee for Lake County Sexual Assault Coordinating Council.


We have five Adult Probation Officers that chair Illinois Probation and Court Services committees that include the following committees: Sex Offender, Technology, Pretrial Committee and the Representative Chair of the Executive Board and Substance Abuse Committee.


An Adult Probation Officer received the IPCSA Officer of the Year Award and another Adult Probation Officer received the Distinguished Service Award.


Adult Probation developed a committee for Strategies in Supervision of Heroin/Opiate Addicted Probationers.


Adult Probation’s Community Outreach Presentations Group Reporting Program conducted 24 presentations to 237 probationers including presentations regarding relapse prevention, budgeting and reinstatement of driver’s license.


In May, 2014, Lake County Volunteer Program which is a collaborative effort with the 19th Judicial Circuit and the College of Lake County celebrated forty years of service.


Police Relations Committee participated in the Law Enforcement Exhibition in September, 2014 at the Mall in Vernon Hills.

Adult Probation Officers facilitated 15 Cognitive Restructuring Groups with 137 individuals successfully completing the program in 2014.


Our Adult Field Officers attended a two day anti-gang summit in Waukesha, Wisconsin.


Lake County Adult Probation Staff participate in the Lake County Sex Offender Coordinating Council, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and the Family Violence Coordinating Council.


Adult Probation participated in over 1600 hours of training in 2014 in order to meet their mandatory 20 hours of training required by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.


In September 2014, the 19th Judicial Circuit Court was awarded a four-year grant from the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) to enhance our Therapeutic Intensive Monitoring (TIM) Courts through the efforts of a Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaborative (BHTCC). An Assistant Director with Adult Probation has been designated as the Grant Program Director.





Adult Probation Highlights for 2013


Lake County Adult Probation consistently provides and delivers training to staff and others within the Criminal Justice System.  In 2013 several different training events took place:


  • Thirty-four Adult Probation Officers participated in Effective Practices in the Community Supervision Training Program (EPICS) developed by the University of Cincinnati which offers assistance with the development and implementation of case management strategies that target the criminogenic needs of higher risk offenders.  The training consisted of twelve hours of classroom training and over 20 hours of coaching sessions and audio tape reviews. This training was provided by an Illinois Redeploy Grant.


  • The Adult Probation Internal Training Committee set up training for Officers that included:  Inpatient and Beyond (Recovery Panel), Firearms Restriction training provided by Judge Strickland, Alcohol Anonymous Ungarbled, Webinar – Gateway – Advanced Treatment for Opiod and Alcohol Dependence, Webinar – Gateway – Heroin and Opiod Treatment – Insight Into an Epidemic.


  • Affordable Care Act Training was conducted for Adult Probation staff.  Directors of Psychological Services and Adult Probation participated in a subcommittee with the Governor’s Task Force on the Affordable Care Act implementation process.


  • Adult Probation staff participated in CPR/AED certification training and PREA certification.


  • Director of Adult Probation attended the Supreme Court Conference on Strategic Planning for the Courts.


  • An Adult Probation Assistant Director provided a presentation to the Illinois Judicial Regional Seminar Conference on Evidence Based Practice Initiatives for DUI Judges.


  • Two Adult Probation Officers provided training to over 200 police officers in Lake County regarding a probation officer’s role in supervising domestic violence cases and Bischof cases (Felony Violation of Order of Protection).


  • Two Adult Probation Officers provided Level of Service Inventory Assessment training to probation officers at the request of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts.  Multiple county probation officers were provided 14 hours of training. In addition Probation Officers conducted Cognitive Outreach Training for 34 Probation Officers throughout the State of Illinois. 


  • Adult Probation Internship Committee trained and supervised eleven interns from various universities during the year.  Schools included:  University of Illinois – Champaign, Western Illinois, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Governor State and Dominican University.


  •  In March, 2013, two Adult Probation Cognitive Outreach Group facilitators provided training to Lake County Behavioral Health staff on cognitive behavioral restructuring interventions for criminal thinking.


In addition to training Adult Probation Officers have been recognized for accomplishments in their field:


  • An Adult Probation Officer became a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management through the National Center for State Court Training Program.


  • Two Pretrial officers received their Pretrial Professional Services Certification through the National Association of Pretrial Services (NAPSA).

  • The Adult Probation Drug Testing Committee developed an informational brochure for staff and Judges regarding drug testing procedures.


  • The 19th Judicial Circuit’s Research Activity Policy received the 2013 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACO). The development team included Director of Psychological Services, Director of Adult Probation, Human Resource Director and Research Analyst. As a result of our implementation of the Research Activity Policy, Rosalind Franklin University staff gave a presentation to Domestic Violence Treatment Providers on the results of their research on Domestic Violence Offenders on probation. They also compiled several articles regarding the results of our data.


·        Eleven Adult Probation Officers received Career Path Promotions.


  • Six Adult Probation Officers received awards through Illinois Probation and Court Services Association for Distinguished Service and Dedication to Profession.


  • Director of Adult Probation was appointed to the Supreme Court Probation Advisory Board for three years and elected co–chair of the Board.


  • Several Adult Probation Officers are involved in various committees of the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association.


Adult Probation also works collaboratively to promote and establish programs to benefit the Organization and the individuals under probation supervision:


·  Adult Probation Division implemented an updated case review process for all case carrying officers.  A review sheet was develop for our case management process.

·  Multiple Adult Probation Committees have been established and have been very active in establishing and implementing procedures in the Division.  Committees include:  Less for Less, Caseload Explorer, Occupational Hazard Committee, Drug Testing, Green Team, Police Relations, Gender Specific Supervision, Safety and Cognitive Outreach Groups.

  • Adult Probation with contributions from the Lake County Bar Association set up a clothing room for probationers and their families.  The Clothing room has clothing for job interviews, work clothes, winter coats and children’s clothes and toys.


  • In June 2013, Lake County Adult Probation hosted our Annual Police Relations Luncheon with local law enforcement agencies.  Annual Award recipient was Chief Wayne Brooks of Zion Police Department for his support and assistance to Lake County Adult Probation.


  • Lake County Adult Probation Sex Offender Unit implemented meetings with the SAO and Sex Offender Community Treatment Providers in order to collaborate on casework, court ordered conditions and treatment requirements.


  • Multiple jurisdictions around the state have requested site visits to look at programs developed in Adult Probation for potential implementation in their jurisdictions.  Programs visited include Group Reporting, Cognitive Outreach Groups, Pretrial Services and Specialty Court.


  • Adult Probation instituted the new probation service fee guidelines for transfer case collection procedure per Administrative Order.


  • The Adult Probation Public Service Unit dispatched public service crews for emergency help in filling sandbags during flooding situations in 2013.


  • Our Specialty Court Program had the following offenders complete probation successfully in 2013 – Drug Court – 16, Mental Health Court – 3 and Veteran’s Treatment and Assistance Court – 7.


  • Adult Probation was awarded two Adult Redeploy Illinois Grants in 2013 to provide treatment to high risk offenders, recovery coach services and recovery home services to specialty court offenders and provided training to probation officers.


  • Adult Probation Officers facilitated 14 Cognitive Outreach Groups in 2013 to high risk offenders. Over 1400 high risk probationers have completed COG groups since it began in 2002.


  • Lake County Adult Probation’s Group Reporting Program developed a Community Outreach Presentation Series for Adult Probationers. Programming includes relapse prevention, budgeting, driver’s license restoration, education, GED and employment information.





Adult Probation Highlights for 2012


Adult Probation participated and provided a variety of training for staff:


The Adult Probation Training Committee orchestrated the following training programs to Probation Officers

  • In service presentation regarding the Mary Pat Maddex Center about residential programming for women.
  • Training by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office regarding Sexually Violent and Sexually Dangerous Predator’s Act
  • Evidence Based Practices – Protective Factors
  • Set up free medical screening services for probationers by having the Rosalind Franklin University Community Care Connection Program be available at the Probation Department for three hours in September 2012.
  • In service presentation by Gateway Foundation regarding “Current Trends in Substance Abuse”.

Thirty-Two Adult and Juvenile Officers received 20 hours of training sponsored by the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center on “Survival Spanish for Probation Officers”.


Fourteen Adult and Juvenile Probation Officers attended a16 hours training conference by Project Safe Neighborhoods” Anti-Gang Summit”. Director of Adult Probation participated on the Administrative Office of the Illinois Court Advisory Committee regarding Probation Service Fees Policies and Guidelines.  Training was then provided to Adult Probation staff on the implementation policy and procedure regarding collection of out of county collection of probation service fees.


Adult Probation Officers participated in an Evidence Based Practices Booster Training on Case Planning.  In addition, new employees from both Adult and Juvenile Probation participated in 20 hours Evidence Based Practices training on Motivational Interviewing.


Adult Probation Officers participated in training by the Illinois State Police regarding updates on Offender Registration Laws.


An Adult Probation Officer and Therapist from the Psychological Services Division participated in a train the trainer program though SAMHSA’s Gain Center for “How Being Trauma Informed Improves Criminal Justice Responses”.  They will provide training to staff in 2013.


All Adult Probation Officers received recertification in the use of pepper spray. Adult Probation Officers received training by the Judiciary regarding the new comprehensive Sentencing Orders.


Adult Probation Officers in the Domestic Violence Unit participated in a Presentation by Rosalind Franklin University on their research project regarding “Treatment Outcomes for Male Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence”.  Three Pretrial Officers attended an 8 hour training on Detecting Danger sponsored by the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center in Iowa.  An Adult Probation Officer participated in the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management Fellows Program.

Adult Probation Officers provided the following community presentations:


Our Adult Motivational Interviewing Trainer provided community outreach training to the Lake County Interagency Council for their Pregnant and Parenting Teen Collaboration Group.  She also conducted  Motivational Interviewing to Focus House and Ogle County Probation in Rochelle IL


Two Adult Probation Officers conducted two workshops on Motivational Interviewing at the Fall Conference of the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association.


Two Adult Probation Officers presented on the court system and probation supervision to a criminal justice class of students at Harper College as well as to a group of high school students.


An Adult Probation Officer conducted two one-hour training sessions with the Zion Police Department on Effective Communication with a Motivational Interviewing Perspective.


An Adult Probation Officer conducted Interstate Compact Training on updated rules and regulations for out-of-state transfer cases to Adult Probation Officers.


An Adult Probation Officer presented on Probation as a career to local area high school students at the Lake County High School Technology Campus.


The Director and two Assistant Directors of Adult Probation presented on probation supervision to the Lake County Bar Association’s Annual Criminal Law seminar in Milwaukee, WI.


Division of Psychological Services Therapists provided an in service training to Adult Probation Officers on “Suicide – Risk, Recognition and Prevention”.


An Adult Assistant Director presented on the Veteran’s Treatment and Assistance Court at the Illinois Specialty Courts Conference in Decatur, IL. Adult Probation along with the College of Lake County and Lake/ McHenry Veterans and Family Services participated in Mental Health First Aid Training along with our Veteran Mentors for our Veteran’s Treatment and Assistance Court (V-TAC).


Adult Probation Division held their Second Annual Picnic with Police Appreciation Luncheon and honored the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division for their support.  The Division also recognized Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Waller to his collaboration and support.


The Adult Probation Field Service Unit conducted special community contacts with probationers in order to monitor compliance with special court ordered conditions.





Adult Probation Highlights for 2011


The Adult Division Pretrial unit received a National Association of Counties Award (NACo) for the Lake County Pretrial Risk Assessment and Case Classification.  The Lake County Pretrial Risk Assessment instrument was developed to determine risk level when an offender is before the Court for review of bond and for case classification of offenders placed on pretrial bond supervision.


The Division of Adult Probation Services - Presentence Investigation Unit collaborated with the Division Director, Assistant Director of the unit, the Director of Psychological Services, AOIC and the Judicial Research Analyst to make revisions to the PSI format in order to be consistent with evidence-based practices and the use of the Level of Service Inventory – Revised (LSI-R) assessment tool as practiced in other units within Adult Probation.


Directors from Administrative Services, Adult Probation Services and Psychological Services, with the Judicial Research Analyst, collaborated to develop a Research Activities Policy to assist external researchers and students requesting to conduct research in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court. A fillable request form is posted on the Court’s website. In 2011, three requests for research were processed: Illinois Mental Health Courts Study, Loyola University; Analysis of Personality Variables of Sex Offenders, Argosy University (Dissertation); and Treatment Outcomes for Male Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence, Rosalind Franklin University.


Adult Probation participated and provided a variety of training for staff:


The Adult Probation Training Committee set up training programs for probation staff.  In September 2011 Elder Abuse Training was conducted and in December 2011 an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing training was conducted by Community Youth Network for treatment for trauma victims. In addition internal training was conducted for Adult Probation staff regarding Community Based Correctional Center and Electronic Monitoring Overview, Computer Search for Probation and Parole Officers, Thinking for A Change 3.0 and Sentinel GPS training.  Also, the Adult Probation Sex Offender Unit provided training to staff and treatment providers regarding new legislation for sex offender supervision and registration. Adult Probation in conjunction with the College of Lake County, Veteran’s and Family Services of Lake and McHenry County and V-TAC Court are developing a peer mentor program and training programs for volunteer mentors for our court involved veterans. Our Group Reporting Program has conducted several training for new volunteers.


Adult Probation Officers provided the following community presentations:


Adult Probation Officers conducted two workshops at the American Probation and Parole Association Summer Conference in Chicago, IL.  The workshops include our Group Reporting Program and the Cognitive Outreach Groups.


Adult Probation officers conducted “Thinking for a Change” training to the Northern District of Illinois Courts:


The Adult Probation Director presented on the Cognitive Outreach Program (COG) to the Illinois Sentencing Advisory Council in Springfield, in May 2011.


The Adult Probation Director and Judicial Research Analyst presented Evidence Based Programming in Adult Probation to the Board of Directors for the Illinois Crime and Justice Authority in Chicago in July 2011.  The presentation included an overview of the Cognitive Outreach Groups (COG) and Group Reporting Project.


In August 2011 the Veteran’s Treatment and Assistance Court (V-TAC) was established as part of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court Program. The Assistant Director of Adult Probation subsequently participated in a workshop panel on Veteran’s Court at a conference sponsored by the Veteran Family Services of Lake and McHenry County in September 2011.  In addition, the Specialty Court team developed a new case planning process for Drug Court integrating the LSI-R, psychological assessments, bond reports and a substance abuse assessment tool.  The project was done in collaboration with Haymarket Center.


During 2011 several programs were updated:


Adult Probation developed an audit procedure for reviewing officer’s use of motivational interviewing and case management to align with Evidence Based Practices.  Supervisors sat in on intake interviews and office visits for officers in their unit and conducted reviews of the interview process.  Supervisor also developed a case checklist for review of intakes, ongoing case plans and supervision strategies. In addition the Field Service unit audit form was developed. The Adult Probation Administrative Sanctions Program was updated and under review for implementation and future training. Our urinalysis testing procedure has been updated and an admission of use form was developed.  Adult Probation staff are in the process of updating the Adult Division Procedural Manual with a projected completion date in 2012. All specialized units and program procedures are being updated as well. The Adult Probation Caseload Explorer Focus Group completed a full review of our case management system to align the program with day-to-day case supervision.  The focus group developed a Caseload Explorer user’s guide to be incorporated in the Adult Probation Division manual.


Staff are involved in workgroups and community councils:


Adult Probation and Psychological Service Staff are members of the Court Service workgroup for the Governor’s Taskforce on Health Care Reform. In addition, Adult Probation Staff participate in the Sex Offender Coordinating Council and are currently working with treatment providers and Court personnel to develop the “approved provider” list and sentencing guidelines.

Adult Probation’s Police Relations Committee held their first annual “Picnic with Probation” open house and invited the Chiefs of Police.  Presented an overview of probation to the Chiefs, provided lunch and presented an award to Sgt. Brian Mullen from Waukegan Police to recognize his collaborative work with probation. 





On March 15, 2010 Caseload Explorer was implemented at Adult Probation replacing our Prober Data System.  Caseload Explorer is not only a data system but is Adult Probation’s case management system.  A Caseload Explorer focus committee was developed to assist with providing consistent and timely training for officers.  The focus group provides a systematic approach to case management and information sharing as well as developing consistency in data entry.  Training in the implementation of Caseload Explorer has been an ongoing process throughout 2010.

In addition to Caseload Explorer our Pretrial Unit utilizes the ROVER Program (digital pen) to provided computerized bond reports for Courts and stores the reports electronically instead of having paper copies.

In April 2010, the 19th Judicial Circuit hosted the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association’s Spring Conference in Lincolnshire, Illinois.  The conference provides workshops and training sessions on various topics for probation officers throughout the state of Illinois. Many of our officers conducted workshops for this conference which included Group Reporting, Smaart Performance Measures and Sex offender programming. 

The Adult Probation Training Committee provided in service training to probation officers on the “Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs”.   In addition, Adult Probation certified trainers in Motivational Interviewing provided booster training to adult probation staff.  Each year updated training is conducted to improve evidence based practice techniques.  An Officer attended Motivational Interviewing (MINT Training). MINT training is an international training organization and trainers come from all over the world to attend this training.  This year training was in San Diego, California.  This training provided the officer expertise to train other individuals as trainers of Motivational Interviewing.

In September 2010, the 19th Judicial Circuit’s Therapeutic Intensive Monitoring Court, which consists of a Drug Court and Mental Health Court Program, was awarded a three year SAMHSA grant in order to enhance services for these problem-solving courts.  The grant allows for expansion of services for recovery support services, which supports substance abuse treatment, screening, case management and coordination for individuals. Haymarket Center, located in Chicago, IL., is providing recovery coach services to many of our TIM Court individuals who are in need of dual-diagnosis services.

In October 2010 Probation Officers and the  Lake County’s Cognitive Outreach Groups (COG) received Illinois Probation and Court Services Awards.   Jeff Ross – Principal Probation Officer was the recipient of the Robert E. Burdine Award.  Bob Geidner- Principal Probation Officer was the recipient of the William C. Albertson Award.  Deborah Norman – Principal Probation Officer was the recipient of the S. William Ettinger Service Award.  The Lake County Cognitive Outreach Program was the recipient of the Institute for Legal and Policy Studies Innovative Leadership Award.  The award is presented annually to the program in probation or detention that exemplifies innovation and leadership in offender program development with demonstrated evidence of effective outcomes.

On December 13, 2010 a Probation Officer in the Pretrial Unit participated in a national focus group sponsored by American Probation and Parole Association and the Pretrial Justice Institute in Washington D.C. to review the role of Probation and Pretrial Services.

Currently in Adult Probation, three research studies are being conducted.  Rosalind Franklin University is conducting a study regarding domestic violence offenders who have gone through the Lake County Probation system.  The study seeks to identify levels of recidivism in different classifications of offenders based on their completion of treatment.  Loyola University is conducting research regarding a comprehensive assessment of Mental Health Courts in Illinois as well as conduct a comparison of different types of Mental Health Court programming and operations.  In addition, Adult Probation is also conducting an outcome study of our “Moving On” Program for Women.  Moving On is a cognitive based program for high risk female offenders.

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