PREA

Prison Rape Elimination Act

Alternatives, Inc. has zero tolerance relating to the sexual abuse or sexual harassment of offenders under our supervision, either by other offenders or staff members.  Alternatives, Inc. recognizes these offenders as victims of a crime and will immediately respond to allegations, investigate reported incidents, pursue disciplinary action and refer for investigation and prosecution of those staff and offenders who perpetrate such conduct.

PREA Coordinator

Rick Deady, PREA Coordinator:  406-294-9609 ext. 300 or rdeady@altinc.net; 1001 South 27th Street, Billings, MT  59101

PREA Managers

Alpha House Director John Williams: 406-259-9695 ext. 129 or jwilliams@altinc.net; 3109 1st Avenue North, Billings, MT  59101

Passages Director Jan Begger: 406-294-9609 ext. 211 or jbegger@altinc.net; 1001 South 27th Street, Billings, MT  59101

Reporting

Family and friends can report allegations of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and retaliation to Alternatives, Inc. by calling, emailing, or writing the PREA Coordinator, PREA Managers, or by contacting the following third party entities:

Great Falls Transition Center, 1019 15th Street North, Great Falls, MT  59401; 406-727-0944

YWCA, 909 Wyoming Avenue, Billings, MT  59101; 406-245-4472

MOU’s/Documents:

3rd Party Reporting MOU

Billings Police Department MOU

Billings YWCA Support

Alternatives, Inc. PREA Policy

Alternatives, Inc. Internal PREA Investigator Description and Duties Policy

Annual Reports

PREA Annual Report FY15

PREA Audits

The PREA audit process for Alternatives, Inc. was completed on November 29, 2016 for Alpha House and Passages.  The final reports conclude a process that began in early 2016 with the hiring of an auditor.  The Alpha House audit took place July 18, 2016 through July 20, 2016 and the Passages audit took place July 20, 2016 through July 22, 2016.  The Interim Reports were received in late August with Alpha’s report identifying six standards not met, with three standards corrected prior to the Interim Report being issued, leaving three standards requiring corrective action and Passages’ report identifying five standards not met, with three standards corrected prior to the Interim Report being issued, leaving two standards requiring corrective action.  The Correction Action Phase is a maximum of 180 days from the receipt of the interim report.  Both Alpha House and Passages completed the necessary Corrective Action by early November, with the Final Report issued with Alternatives exceeding one standard and meeting forty.

The PREA audit cycle is a 3-year window with the first cycle from August, 2013 to August, 2016.  The second audit cycle started in August, 2016 and will conclude in August, 2019.  Alternatives, Inc. will need to have their next PREA audit completed by 2019.

The audit reports are available for review by clicking the links below:

Alpha House PREA Final Report

Passages PREA Final Report