D&A RIP Data Collection Training FAQ's



  • Do we send the information throughout the quarter (as individuals enter the program) or send a big batch of information near the end of September to represent the entire first quarter at one time?

    The new Data Collection forms should be sent to Temple University on a weekly basis.



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  • Will old forms that are currently pending and waiting for guideline number, etc., be accepted?

    No. Effective immediately, the new Data Collection forms must be used.



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  • Will support be provided for larger counties re: active clients up to 7-1-10?

    Counties that have a large number of active offenders on July 1 may submit the information to Temple University on a spreadsheet. Counties wishing to submit this retroactive information by spreadsheet must contact Dr. Hammer at Temple University first, to ensure that all of the required data elements are captured.



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  • What if a person was originally sentenced to IP/RIP is revoked and then re-sentenced to a new sentence of IP/RIP?

    If an offender was originally sentenced to a County Intermediate Punishment (CIP) sentence, and the sentence if revoked due to a violation, the court has all sentencing alternatives available. The court could resentence to a new term of CIP. Since this would be a resentencing, the sentencing guidelines would not apply (therefore, there would be no completed guideline form for the resentencing). Sentencing guidelines only apply to the original sentence imposed. (For additional clarification, contact the PA Commission on Sentencing at 717-772-4122).



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  • If the Guideline Sentencing Form is kept at another agency, should we match it up with the Data Collection Form in the beginning, or at outcome?

    Information for the Data Collection Form should be matched with the Guideline Sentencing Form in the beginning of the process.



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  • Do you have a research confidentiality form that the individual needs to sign?

    This is not a research project. This new process is intended to automate the Dedicated and Event History forms that have been used for offenders participating in D&A/RIP.



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  • Regarding substance abuse in Section V of the Data Collection form, do you want current use or all prior history use?

    Please report all prior history use and one preferred substance of choice.



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  • Are 2nd offense highest BAC (level 2) for DUI Court considered sentencing Level 3?

    If an offender is facing a second offense DUI within 10 years and falls under the highest rate of alcohol tier, the offender is facing a 90 day mandatory minimum term of confinement. This is automatically considered a level 3 offender under the sentencing guidelines (never a level 2). Since December 5, 2005, the sentencing guidelines include in level 3, any offense for which a mandatory minimum sentence of less than 12 months applies and for which CIP is authorized by statute (this includes DUI). (For additional clarification, contact the PA Commission on Sentencing at 717-772-4122).



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  • If the sentencing court does not give a determined period what should we use for the RIP period? The court lets the APO determine the period of EHM. If a person is successful and doing well, we unhook them at 98 days. Would that be considered 4 mos. or 3?

    When imposing a term of County Intermediate Punishment (CIP), the court is required to state the amount of time in one (or more) Restrictive Intermediate Punishment programs as well as the amount of time on Restorative Sanctions programs. This information is recorded on the Sentencing Guideline Form as "RIP" and "RS." The amount of RIP is used to determine conformity to the guidelines. The CIP statute allows the court to decrease the conditions of a CIP sentence at any time, but cannot revoke or increase the conditions of a CIP sentence without a hearing. (For additional clarification, contact the PA Commission on Sentencing at 717-772-4122).



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  • Who is responsible to complete the forms if the offender is transferred thru inter-county?

    The agency receiving D&A/RIP funds and paying for treatment is responsible for the submission of the forms.



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  • If an offender is sentenced to CIP/RIP and is successful in the program, then the total number of days in jail reported in Section VI of the Data Collection form should be zero. Is this correct?

    If the offender did not spend any days in jail, then the number should be zero. Please remember to count any days the offender was incarcerated prior to admittance into the program or any days incarcerated due to any sanctions imposed.



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  • What should we do if the effective date of sentence is not the same as the sentencing date?

    The effective date of sentence should be reported in Section I under PO Intake Date.



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  • Can forms be emailed?

    Yes. Forms can be emailed to hhammer@temple.edu



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  • Are days in jail equal to days on Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM)?

    No. Days on EHM should not be calculated as days in jail.



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