Community Service Program
The Community Service Program provides both individual community service placements as well as group community service opportunities. The program embraces the following guiding principles:
- Individual community service placements provide meaningful service to non-profit entities.
- Group community service projects involved staff and/or placement staff working with clients to complete projects vital to community enrichment.
- Community service builds healthy relationships in the community and promotes positive staff/client relationships.
- Community service promotes healthy alternative leisure time activities.
- Community service models appropriate work-related behaviors.
- Community service offers skill-building opportunities, vocational exploration opportunities and promotes self-confidence in these endeavors.
Types of Community Service:
There are various forms of community service:
- Community Service Sentencing (CSS)- individuals are court ordered as part of their sentence.
- Community Service Restitution (CSR) – individuals who are financially unable to pay court costs, fines, or court-appointed attorney’s fees (community service cannot be performed in lieu of victim restitution).
- Community Service as Assigned (CSA) – this option becomes part of the individual’s treatment program while under the supervision of DCS.
- Facility or Program Requirement – While individual is in a residential facility there is a requirement to complete community service hours to move through the internal levels system.
- Courtesy Community Service (CCS) – This is a substitute for employment for offenders who either will return to their original employer and/or are currently on disability.
By the Code of Iowa, community service is to be performed at a public agency / governmental municipality or a private nonprofit agency.
Minimum wage changes went into effect gradually over this year, ending at $7.25 per hour. Due to the gradual change, this became somewhat of a logistical process to ensure individuals where given credit at the appropriate amount in consideration of when the hours were completed.