Kansas City Reentry Center (KCRC)


July 2019

Big News

The Department of Corrections has changed the way they do their recruitment!  There is a new application system in place and internal job opportunities will no longer be posted in the K: drive.  Internal and current job opportunities can be viewed at https://doc.mo.gov/jobs, the DOC Intranet and the DOC Facebook page.  Employment postings will be coming soon to the Department’s Twitter page as well!

WeSave has recently made updates to their website that will require you to login to reactivate your account and you should receive an email with instructions.  What is WeSave? WeSave is an online marketplace that has great deals on products from national brands and allows you to make a charitable donation on top of your discounts. You can also earn points that can be redeemed for goods on their site.  See https://shop.wesave.com for more information.

Flags around the state were flown at half-mast on Monday, July 1, 2019 in honor of Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf who died in the line of duty.

There will be a state-wide Department of Corrections Motorcycle Ride to Columbia, Mo on September 7, 2019.  All DOC staff and family members are welcome, and you can still participate if you do not ride!  More information on the ride and the charitable organization funds raised will go to will be coming in the next few weeks.  See Functional Unit Manager Christopher Browning for more information.

The Department of Corrections is bring back Crisis Negotiation Training!  There will now be five teams instead of the three we had before, which will increase the coverage areas and decrease response times.  Membership on the team is very competitive and candidates participate in a 56 hour intensive training course, where they are evaluated a few are selected to join the team in their region.  The selections were forwarded to the Division of Adult Institutions Director’s office for final approval and one of KCRC’s own, Corrections Officer II Aaron Leonard was accepted as a member of the Western Region’s Crisis Negotiation Team on July 30, 2019!

On July 12, 2019 the last group of Crossroads Correctional Center (CRCC) offenders were transferred out, completing the consolidation of CRCC with Western Missouri Correctional Center (WMCC).  The facility is in a caretaker status, with only a few remaining staff to maintain the buildings and grounds.  With the closing of CRCC many institutions are welcoming in new staff members from the transition.  KCRC was fortunate enough to have 10 staff members from CRCC join our team this month!

Ke'Kella Jones received assistance from the Corrections Peace Officer Foundation
Jones CPOF award

Find out what’s happening at KCRC and other institutions by checking out the Local News page on the Department of Corrections website.  It is updated monthly and provides highlights from each facility like employees of the month, new hires, training, awards and so much more! 

Awards & Recognition

Corrections Officer I Ke’Kella Jones received assistance from the Corrections Peace Officer Foundation on July 8, 2019 due to the tragic loss of her 19 year old son.

Deputy Warden of Operations, Spencer Colliatie was the winner of Penny Wars and received a pie to the face at the picnic held on July 31st, 2019.

Corrections Officer II Aaron Leonard was accepted as a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team on July 30th, 2019.

New Team Members

Meet and greet 7-15-19
Meet and greet 7-15-19

A Meet & Greet was held on Monday, July 15th, 2019 to welcome the new staff members to the KCRC team!

Academic Teacher Dennis Brock

Corrections Officer I Faith Jolly

From Crossroads Correctional Center (CRCC):

Chaplain Matthew Mason

Corrections Officer I Curtis Guffey

Corrections Officer I Kristen Morgan

Corrections Officer I Mike Laytham

Corrections Officer I Carlos Jolly

Corrections Officer II Terry Silver

Corrections Officer II Elizabeth Wilburn

Corrections Officer III Gary Rogers

Corrections Case Manager II Camden Atkinson

Food Service Manager Laura Johnson

From Western Missouri Correctional Center:

Senior Office Support Associate Kristi Shewell

Promotions

Office Support Assistant Kristi Shewell promoted to Senior Office Support Associate (timekeeper).

Food Service Manager Laura Johnson assumed her new position at KCRC beginning on July 15, 2019

Staff Moves

Corrections Officer I Madison O’Brien change positions to Senior Office Support Assistant on July 22nd, 2019.

Chaplain Matthew Mason comes to KCRC from CRCC with nine years of experience with the Department of Corrections.  He also worked at CCC and has 4 years of experience working in county jails.

We had several staff members from Crossroads Correctional Center become a part of the KCRC family this month:

CO I Curtis Guffey

CO I Kristen Morgan

CO I Mike Laytham

CO I Carlos Jolly

CO II Terry Silver

CO II Elizabeth Wilburn

CO III Gary Rogers

CCM II Camden Atkinson

We had one staff member from Western Missouri Correctional Center join our team as well:

OSA Kristi Shewell, promoted to SOSA

Training

Hard Skills Training will be held Monday, July 15th through Friday, July 19th, 2019.  This is a mandatory training and your attendance is required if you are on the list. 

Be advised that the next Core Training is scheduled for Monday, August 12th through Friday, August 16th, 2019 for those born in July or August. 

Lunch & Learn: Reentry Coordinator Latrice Tate and Probation and Parole Quality Assurance Coordinator Shelly Graf will give a presentation on the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) which will be available on Facebook Live on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 from 12-1pm. The presentation will explain what ORAS does, why it works, how it is used and what it does for the job we do.

DOCOTA: The Department of Corrections Online Training Academy has more to offer staff than just the annual PREA and DHRUC training. You can now use DOCOTA to help you with drug and contraband identification!  Modules and photos are available of items found at other facilities that can help you with identifying what you find.  If you are interested, there is also a training module available on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Town Hall Report

This month’s Town Hall meeting will be held on July Tuesday, July 30th and Wednesday July 31st, 2019.

Important Dates

Holidays:             Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day

Training:              Hard Skills training- July 15th-19th, 2019

                                Next Core Training is scheduled for August 12th-16th, 2019

ORAS: July 30th, 2019 at 12pm

Town Hall: Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 at 3:15pm and Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 7:15am and 9:15am.     

Food Day: Friday, July 19th, 2019.             

Personnel Club: KCRC’s Personnel Club will be handing out popsicles on July 3rd, 2019 to celebrate Independence Day from 7am-8am, 11am-12pm and 3pm-4pm.

Penny Wars begins on Monday, July 22 and ends on Monday, July 29, 2019. Who will get the pie in the face?  The candidates are Warden, Todd Warren, Deputy Warden of Operations, Spencer Colliatie, Deputy Warden of Offender Management, Beth Johnson and Captain Shelley Gray.  There will be jars for each person in the entrance for you to add your pennies to.  The person with the most pennies at the end of the contest will get a pie in the face at the picnic on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019. Remember only pennies count, so if you put nickels, dimes, quarters or bills in the jar they will take away from the penny total!

The Personnel Club picnic will be held on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019.  There will be a combo available of pulled pork sandwiches or a hamburger, chips, cookies and a drink for $5.  Please submit your order forms to a Personnel Club member by July 30th, 2019 if you would like to participate. 

Hot dog day
Hot dog day

Morale Committee: National Hot Dog day is July 17th, 2019.  The KCRC Morale Committee will have a combo of two hotdogs, chips, a drink and a dress down day for $5.  You may purchase individual items (chips, drink, etc) for $1.

Human Resources: Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP) benefit checkup will be held on July 24, 2019 from 1pm-4pm and July 25, 2019 from 830am-12pm. Representatives will be available to answer questions about medical benefits, prescription drug plan, Strive for Wellness program, Strive Employee Life & Family (SELF) and program retirement coverage.

Missouri Deferred Compensation representatives will be at KCRC on Monday, July 15, 2019 from 1030am-330pm to discuss plans and benefits.

Employee of the Month Ceremony: Thursday, July 11, 2019

Meet & Greet: Monday, July 15, 2019

TB testing:          August at KCRC:

Test: Tuesday, August 6, 2019                                    Read: Thursday, August 8, 2019

Make-up Test: Monday, August 12, 2019               Read: Wednesday. August 14, 2019


June 2019

Pay Plan signing
Pay Plan signing

Big News

JRI-Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Incorporates the ORAS, Case Planning and OAP “to return the offenders back to the community better than when they came.”  To do so, the department will focus on three areas: Assessment, Case Planning and Offender Accountability Procedures.  For the Assessment portion, the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) began on June 1, 2019.  The new case planning model went into effect on June 1, 2019 as well.  As far as the Offender Accountability Procedures, the new offender rulebook went into effect in the institutions on May 1, 2019, while Probation and Parole’s Missouri Offender Management Matrix (MOMM) went into effect on June 1, 2019.

On June 10, 2019, Governor Mike Parson along with over 100 Department of Corrections staff, were present at Jefferson City Correctional Center where he signed the budget bill, proposed by DOC Director Anne Precythe, who was also present.  The bill allows for all State of Missouri employees to receive a 3% raise and those employed by the Department of Corrections to receive an additional 1% per every two years worked, up to 20 years. 

CO I Jackson receives award from CPOF
CO I Jackson receives award from CPOF

Team DOC Leak Busters from Eastern Reception and Diagnostic Correctional Center (ERDCC) won the 2nd cycle of the Governor’s Show Me Challenge by developing a way to manage water in correctional facilities to save resources, improve safety and help protect community water supplies, while saving the state about $62 million a year.  The Show Me Challenge is an event available to all State of Missouri employees to create a team to challenge themselves to find ways to improve how we work.  For more information on the rules and to find out how the Show Me Challenge works, please visit https://showmechallenge.mo.gov/

Funding has been secured to complete the Missouri Corrections Integrated System (MOCIS).  Phase I begins in July.  Phase II will begin on July 1, 2020.

Director Precythe is looking for a team of 5-6 people to work with the vendor and the Office of Administration (OA) Information Technology Services Division (OA ISTD) to help test and give feedback on the updates to MOCIS.  They are looking for department employees from all classes, but the team would be based in Jefferson City.  Interviews will be taking place in June.

EOM Elisa Crank
EOM Elisa Crank

If you have not signed up, here is your chance to become a part of the Governor’s initiative to improve technical skills in state employees.  MOLearning is a tool to increase your professional development and there are thousands of videos available to increase your knowledge on a wide variety of topics, not just corrections!!

Employee of the Month

 

Licensed Practical Nurse Elisa Crank

LPN Elisa Crank creates educational boards containing information on common medical issues that she updates monthly.  She was nominated because this a project that she has taken on herself using her own time and materials.  Her selfless gesture that not only benefits the offenders but staff as well!

Functional Unit Manager Christopher Browning and Corrections Case Manager II Jason Lisenbee

EOM FUM Christopher Browning and CCM Jason Lisenbee
EOM FUM Christopher Browning and CCM Jason Lisenbee

Functional Unit Manager Christopher Browning and Corrections Case Manager Jason Lisenbee were nominated for their act of assisting a co-worker in need.  On Friday, June 21, 2019 there was a heavy rain that caused a flash flood near the facility.  DWO Spencer Colliatie noticed that CCM Theresa Kent’s car was stuck in water and not moving in front of the business next door to the facility.  He contacted FUM Browning and CCM Lisenbee, who came out in the rain to push her car into the facility parking lot and get her out of harm’s way, without thinking of themselves.

Awards & Recognition

KCRC had several staff members attend the signing of the pay plan bill by Governor Parson in Jefferson City on Monday, June 10, 2019: Warden Todd Warren, Deputy Warden-Operations Spencer Colliatie, Deputy Warden Offender Management Beth Johnson, Business Manager Teresa Smith, Functional Unit Manager Stephanie Wilson, Corrections Case Manager Effie Cook-Hannon, Corrections Case Manager Theresa Kent, Corrections Case Manager Karen Roberson, Corrections Case Manager Jessica Stever, Corrections Case Manager Steven Yavrouian, Maintenance Worker II Jeffery McFarland, Storekeeper I Garrett Lowstetter, Corrections Officer I Brandon Fender, Corrections Officer I Deborah Jones and Corrections Officer I Garlia Yeke.

Partners in the park group photo
Partners in the park

KCRC staff and members of the Morale Committee participated in a volunteer event with the Kansas City Parks and Recreation on Saturday, June 15, 2019.  Staff performed beautification activities such as weeding and mulching in a park near the facility.

Corrections Officer I Renard Jackson received assistance from the Corrections Peace Officer Foundation on June 26, 2019.

New Team Members

A Meet and Greet for new staff was held on June 12, 2019.

Corrections Officer I Abdi Asis Ali

Corrections Officer I Dante Partee

Corrections Officer I Jerry Irby

Corrections Officer I Madison O’Bryan

New staff meet and greet
New staff meet and greet

Cook III Laura Johnson from Crossroads Correctional Center was promoted to Food Service Manager.  She will begin her new position at KCRC on July 15, 2019.

Promotions

Cook III Laura Johnson was promoted to Food Service Manager effective June 25, 2019.

Training

Core Training: Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21, 2019 for those born in May and June.

Hard Skills: July 15-19, 2019

Offender Accountability Program: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Western Region Training Academy

6/13/19: Anatomy of Contraband

7/10/19: Trainer Skills Development

If you complete T4T then you are eligible to attend the Field Training Officer Training Skills Development (FTO T4T) on 7/23/19 to 7/25/19 at WRTA as well.  KCRC only has 4 seats available, so sign up soon!

7/23-7/25/19: Field Training Officer Training Skills Development (FTO T4T)

Supervisory Training: Coaching the Corrections Way, Monday, July 15, 2019. 

Important Dates

Morale Committee:   National Donut Day, Friday, June 7, 2019.  Donuts will be handed out to all staff as appreciation for all your hard work!

                                    Partners in the Park- Saturday, June 15, 2019

Pay Plan Bill Signing in Jefferson City: Monday, June 10, 2019

Personnel Club:          Bake Sale starts Monday, June 17, 2019 through Friday, June 21, 2019.

                                     Dress down week Monday, June 24, 2019 through Saturday, June 29, 2019

Training:                      Core Training-June 17, 2019 through June 21, 2019

Meet & Greet:                Monday, June 17, 2019

MoLearning Town Hall & Ice Cream Social: Wednesday, June 19, 2019     

Employee of the Month Ceremony: Thursday, June 27, 2019

Success Story

Krispy Kreme delivery
Krispy Kreme delivery

Kansas City Reentry Center’s Restorative Justice Program successfully completed its first fundraiser of Krispy Kreme Donuts on June 5th, 2019.  The event was well received with the offenders being allowed to purchase food from outside vendors, they ordered a total of 48 dozen donuts and raised $47!!  Congratulations RJ!!!

MOLearning Town Hall and Ice Cream Social was held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Fletcher Daniels State Office Building.  A group of staff from KCRC attended the Town Hall and Social: Cook II Juanita Tolbert, Accounting Clerk Quantaline Thomas, Storekeeper I Garrett Lowstetter, Business Manager Teresa Smith and Recreation Officer I Calvin Lollar. Along with ice cream, attendees were given Information on how to log on and access the MOLearning website, how to navigate the categories and how to customize the information you see to fit your needs.  They also found that you may receive training credit for some of the classes that are available. 


May 2019

Public Service Recog month

Big News

Offender Accountability Program went into effect on May 1, 2019.  All KCRC staff received training on the new procedure during the month of April. 

The Pay Plan has passed through the Missouri House and Senate and now awaits Governor Parson’s signature to become effective in January 2020.

Public Service Recognition Week is May 5 - 11, 2019. This week recognizes all staff in a public service position. KCRC’s Personnel Club will hand out ice cream to staff on May 10 as appreciation for Public Service Recognition Week and all the work that we do on a daily basis.

 

We were approved by Warden Warren to have a monthly food day!  Our first food day will be held on Friday, May 17!

Military Appreciation Month

We were also approved for a dress down week this month beginning on May 19tthrough May 25, 2019. Please review SOP IS2-1.1 Non-Uniformed Staff Member Appearance to ensure your attire is within policy.  If you have any questions, about the appropriateness of your attire, please speak with your supervisor prior to wearing it to work. 

Director Precythe asked that all flags be lowered to half-mast on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in honor of Missouri Peace Officers Memorial Day. This day is to remember federal, state, county and municipal officers that were killed or injured in the line of duty.

Don’t forget that May is Military Appreciation Month!  KCRC salutes our current military personnel: CO I Jacob Olsen, CO I Kasey Quinlain, CO I Michael Smith, CO I Erik Nash, CCM II Jessica Stever, CCM II Jason Lisenbe and our military veteran staff!

 

Employee of the Month

Storekeeper II Laura Scruggs

SKII Laura Scruggs was nominated due to her remarkable job in prioritizing her work which keeps the canteen/clothing issue area running smoothly.  She has assisted the Business Office with her exceptional knowledge of Excel formulas and spreadsheets which allows for the budget to take less time to enter and simplified the layout for less confusion. She was nominated for going above and beyond her normal job duties.

Senior Office Support Associate Rebekah Maples

SOSA Rebekah Maples was nominated because she not only completes all SOSA duties for both Deputy Wardens and the Chief of Custody, she is also KCRC’s Policy and Procedure Coordinator.  She has also filled in to assist as the Training Officer by organizing training, SOSA for Classification and SOSA for Personnel due to vacancies in those positions.  She recently has worked countless hours organizing and preparing for the PREA audit by collecting/organizing over 900 documents.  She remains positive, energetic and professional while assisting many people in so many different positions.  Rebekah is a true team player and an asset to KCRC!

New Team Members

New staff meet and greet
New staff meet and greet

CO I Miguel Sanchez

CO I Tony Young

CO I Shontrel Wilson

CO I Stephanie Waughtel

CO I Tyletha Robinson

CO I Rusell McGowan

A Meet & Greet was held on Monday, May 20, 2019 to welcome the new staff members to the KCRC team!

Training

Hard Skills Training will be held May 14 through May 17, 2019. This is a mandatory training and your attendance is required if you are on the list. 

Be advised that the next Core Training is scheduled for June 17 through June 21, 2019 for those born in April or May.

Town Hall Report

This month’s Town Hall meeting will be held on May 6 and 7.

Important Dates

Holidays: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 -Truman’s Birthday

Monday, May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day

Training

Hard Skills training- May 14 – 17, 2019

Next Core Training is scheduled for June 17 – 21, 2019

Please check your email to see if you are required to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor.

Town Hall: Monday, May 6, 2019 and Tuesday, May 7, 2019 

Theme Day: Bring a treat, something sweet, dish you always like to make or a dish you always wanted to try! KCRC’s 1st Food Day is Friday, May 17, 2019.   

Personnel Club: Support KCRC’s Personnel Club! A fundraising event will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019. There will be pulled pork sandwiches, chips, cookies and a bottle of water available for $5. Please submit your order forms to a Personnel Club member by May 30, 2019 if you would like to participate. 

Human Resources: Per the Director, all compensatory time will be paid out on the May 31, 2019 paycheck. The last day to submit your Application to Pay/Retain Compensatory Balances (MO 931-4509) is Monday, May 20, 2019 at Noon, in order to receive or retain your pay for the May 31, 2019 paycheck. 


April 2019

EOM Kent
EOM Theresa Kent

Big News

KCRC staff and offenders participated in the National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, the week of April 7 -14. There were various activities going on throughout the week. On Monday, ribbons that were made by KCRC’s Restorative Justice Organization were passed out to staff. Tuesday and Thursday we had speakers to come in and share their story with staff and offenders. Daily emails of crime victim statistics were sent out to staff as well. Each year we choose an organization in the Kansas City area to focus our fundraising efforts on, and this year we chose, Healing Pathways Victims Service Agency. On Wednesday, staff were able to raise money with a dress-down day for a $2 donation, and KCRC’s Restorative Justice Organization also donated $500 to Healing Pathways Victims Service Agency.

EOM Aaron Leonard
EOM Aaron Leonard

KCRC’s first annual health fair for staff was held on April 24, 2019 and was sponsored by the Heartland Health Group.  Stations were set up to check eyesight, hearing, blood pressure and much more. There were handouts and pamphlets available to those who wanted more information on the various stations and Heartland staff assisted at each station and answered any questions staff may have had. Of the staff that attended, Heartland Health Group had a drawing for four Walmart gift cards and there were four winners: CO I Christopher Hatfield, CO I Douglas Avery, Accounting Clerk Quantaline Thomas and Records Officer II Anita Petifurd.

Department of Corrections Director, Anne Precythe attended our Town Hall Meeting held on April 30, 2019. Staff were able to ask questions and present any concerns.

Employee of the Month

CCM II Theresa Kent, CO II Aaron Leonard, Accounting Clerk Quantaline Thomas

EOM Quantaline Thomas
EOM Quantaline Thomas

CCM II Theresa Kent and CO II Aaron Leonard performed a random check on our work-release crew in October 2018. During their search, contraband was discovered. Because of their dedication to ensuring the safety and security of the work release crew by performing random searches, contraband was not allowed to enter the facility

Accounting Clerk Quantaline Thomas was asked to fill in the mail room due to the absence of mail room staff. She would process all the offender mail, while still keeping the personnel budget current, completing her regular job duties and attending training. She receives many phone calls throughout the day from various departments that need to know about shipments, requisitions, budgets, offender releases, payroll, green checks and more. She is consistently professional, pleasant and positive. She is willing to go the extra mile for anyone that needs assistance, and if she does not have the answer, she will find out! Quantaline does a remarkable job prioritizing work and has an exceptional work ethic. She is an excellent team player and is dedicated and willing to help all departments.

Awards & Recognition

KCRC staff was recognized by CROI Jennifer Smith for their professionalism, respectfulness and teamwork during the DHRUC training held this month, with an email sent to Director Anne Precythe. She wrote that “The staff at KCRC were very respectful and their teamwork is second to none. Each shift works as if they are a family and every person in their facility (staff or offender) are their top priority.”  Warden Todd Warren came into the classroom while the class was on a break to meet with the P&P supervisors that were attending the DHRUC training at KCRC. Smith stated “The P&P staff commented that it was great to get to meet the Warden and they appreciated him making the effort to greet outside staff into his facility.”  This is the second year in a row that Mrs. Smith has recognized the professional behavior and positive attitude of staff at KCRC with an email to the Director. 

New Team Members

CO I Debra Jones
CO I Ke’Kella Jones

A meet and greet was held on April 22, 2019 for staff to stop by, chat and meet the new staff. Refreshments provided by KCRC’s Personnel Club.

See you soon and Safe Travels…to CO I Kasey Quinlain who was deployed this month and Welcome Back…to CCM II Jessica Stever who returned on April 22, 2019 from military training.

Training

April: Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation and Unprofessional Conduct training was held on April 10 and 11 for line staff and on April 16 for supervisors by CROI Jennifer Smith and HROI Thomas Wulff. Mrs. Smith was impressed with the professional behavior and attitudes of KCRC staff and took the time out to write a letter to the Director, for the second year in a row!!!

The new Offender Accountability Program will take effect on May 1, 2019. Staff will receive training on the new policy and procedures for the new program during the week of April 22, 2019 through April 26, 2019.  FUM Stephanie Wilson, FUM Christopher Browning and CCMII Theresa Kent will be facilitating classes.

May: Hard Skills Core training is scheduled for May 14- 17, 2019.

Town Hall Report

Town Hall Meeting was held on April 30, 2019. Director Anne Precythe, Deputy Division Director Ryan Crews, Warden Todd Warren and many other KCRC Staff were in attendance. Many topics were discussed including the new pay plan, the strategic plan and what it is and new and exciting changes in progress for the department. Staff asked questions and brought forth concerns which were answered by Director Precythe.

Important Dates

April

DHRUC training: April 10, 11 for line staff; April 16 for supervisors.

Meet & Greet for new staff will be held on April 22

Offender Accountability Program training: April 22 through April 26.

Town Hall Meeting: April 30 - Director Precythe will be in attendance.

May

Town Hall for May is scheduled for May 6 and 7, 2019.

Holidays: Truman’s Birthday,  May 8, 2019.

                 Memorial Day. May 27, 2019.

PREA Audit: May 30 and May 31, 2019. Staff and offenders may be approached by Auditors to answer questions.