Community Corrections Facilities

The purpose of the residential phase of community corrections is to provide clients with the knowledge and skills necessary to be emotionally, cognitively, behaviorally, and financially prepared for reintegration. Denver Community Corrections provides comprehensive program options including core services, dual diagnosis treatment, gender specific, cognitive behavioral, intensive residential treatment, and therapeutic communities.

Programs match client risk and need with the most appropriate treatment modality through assessment-driven individual treatment plans. Clients are assisted in obtaining employment and encouraged to participate in educational and vocational services. Programs monitor the payment of restitution, court fines, child support, and useful public service requirements. Program staff monitor offenders in the community to enhance client accountability and to address public safety concerns. Denver programs continue to work toward implementation and application of the eight (8) guiding principles for reducing risk and recidivism set forth by the National Institute of Corrections (“NIC”) in their daily operations, with offenders.

The eight (8) guiding principles that Denver Community Corrections programs are striving to implement and apply include: 1. Assess Actuarial risk/needs 2. Enhance Intrinsic Motivation 3. Target Intervention 4. Skill Train with Directed Practice 5. Increase Positive Reinforcement 6. Engage in On-Going Support in Natural Communities 7. Measure Relevant Processes & Practices 8. Provide Measurement Feedback

Denver Community Corrections contracts with a combination of private and public providers to operate facilities in Denver. 


CoreCivic: Dahlia

Location: 4511 E. 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80216

Population Types: Adult male offenders either transitioning from the Department of Corrections or offenders sentenced through Denver District Courts.

Facility Director: Dawn Cubbage 303-377-7200 x217

CoreCivic-Grievance-Procedures.pdf(PDF, 98KB)

Zoned Bed Capacity: 120

Program Description: The Dahlia program has been in operation in Denver since 2003 and was acquired by CoreCIvic in April 2016.

CoreCivic: Fox

Location: 570 W. 44th Ave., Denver, CO 80216

Population Types: Adult male offenders either transitioning from the Department of Corrections or offenders sentenced through Denver District Courts.

Facility Director: Ericka Gillespie 303-477-5190 x218

CoreCivic-Grievance-Procedures.pdf(PDF, 98KB)  

Zoned Bed Capacity: 90

Program Description: In July 2011, Fox began operating a 90-day Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT) program for community corrections clients with severe substance abuse issues. Each week, IRT clients complete 20 hours of therapy and 20 hours of education (cognitive behavioral, employment training, parenting, financial planning, etc.). In addition, they have partnered with many outside agencies to provide supportive services. 


CoreCivic: Ulster

Location: 3955 Ulster St., Denver, CO 80207

Population Types: Adult male offenders either transitioning from the Department of Corrections or offenders sentenced through Denver District Courts.

Facility Director: Aisha Alvarado 303-336-0900 x104

CoreCivic-Grievance-Procedures.pdf(PDF, 98KB)

Zoned Bed Capacity: 84

Program Description: Ulster is a 84-bed community corrections program and as with all other CMI Denver programs provides comprehensive residential treatment services to offenders. Each client is assessed by professional staff utilizing instruments designed to elicit criminogenic needs and offender risks. A clearly defined, individualized treatment plan is developed with the client. Our goal is to release clients with skill appropriate employment, cash savings, suitable housing, and an addiction-free lifestyle, enhanced impulse control, and improved problem-solving skills.



Location: 10500 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80239

Population Types: Adult male offenders either transitioning from the Department of Corrections or offenders sentenced through Denver District Courts. 

 Zoned Bed Capacity: 48

Facility Director:  Mike Asher 720-913-3815

 Denver-EMBARC-Grievance-Procedures.pdf(PDF, 246KB)

Program Description: The Enhancing Motivation By Achieving Reshaped Cognitions (EMBARC) is a unique program designed for men at high risk of recidivating.  EMBARC clients complete the program with reduced risk of recidivism and prepared to be engaged citizens in their home communities.

 The development of this program utilizes cutting edge research and partnership with industry experts from George Washington University and the University of Cincinnati.  Front loaded intensive treatment support services support clients in reentering the community with the skills and tools they need to succeed. 

The cornerstone of the program is participation in Cognitive Behavioral Interventions-A Comprehensive Curriculum. Clients are also supported with intervention services including skills groups, individual case management, weekly individual therapy, and advanced cognitive practice groups. Clients are provided ongoing feedback and coaching around individual strengths and challenge areas. The program actively engages a variety of services under one roof, providing increased access to services and improving delivery. Additional resources support client’s individual needs through partnerships with community treatment providers.

The diverse multidisciplinary  team is comprised of staff with rigorous academic training and reentry experience. EMBARC staff are highly trained professionals, and over half of the staff have master’s degrees. All staff participate in thorough training around evidence-based practices. All staff receive weekly individual and group supervision, support, and coaching to enhance their ability to support client’s growth and success.  

This program, rather than a stand-alone effort, collaborates with city and community service providers. EMBARC clients are supported in expanding their access to prosocial resources such as the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver (GRID), The Phoenix, Second Chance Center, Denver Human Services,  Denver Health and Hospital Authority, community providers of sober living environments, and 12-step recovery support groups.

 EMBARC is delivered in a safe and secure environment provided by the Denver Sheriff Department. DSD provides supervision and support, providing program staff with an opportunity to focus solely on client needs.



Independence House Inc: Pecos

Location: 4101 Pecos St., Denver, CO 80211

Population Types:  Adult male offenders transitioning from the Department of Corrections or offenders sentenced through Denver District Courts.

Facility Director: Stephen Silbermann 303-455-7667 x200

Independence-House-Pecos-Grievance-Procedures.pdf(PDF, 354KB)

Zoned Bed Capacity: 75

Program Description: The Pecos facility has been in operation since 1976, located in North Denver, Pecos is one of the oldest community correction programs in the state of Colorado. The program has a mixture of Diversion, Department of Corrections Inmates, including some Condition of Parole Clients. Pecos is a dormitory style setting for general population clients. It is our mission to promote the virtues of productive work, respect for others, self-discovery, responsibility and accountability. The Pecos program encourages re-connection with family and community, and the development of healthy, realistic, and productive habits of living. Independence House provides an off-site treatment program for mental health, substance abuse individual and group therapy, as well as, mental health and drug/alcohol assessment. Clinical treatment is provided by licensed and/or certified therapists. 



University of Colorado: The Haven and Haven Mother's House

Location:  3732 W. Princeton Circle, Denver, CO  80236

Population Types:   The Haven programs serve adult females, including pregnant women and women with infant children who are referred by various counties from Diversion, Department of Corrections, Probation, Parole, and the Department of Human Services.

Facility Director: Daniele Wolff, MS, CAC III 303-734-3346

University-of-Colorado-Haven-Grievance-Procedures.pdf(PDF, 354KB)

 Zoned Bed Capacity: 36, with 16 beds dedicated to pregnant women and/or women with infant children at the Haven Mother's House

Program Description:  The Haven, is a Modified Therapeutic Community (MTC) providing treatment for women with chronic substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health. The Haven Mother’s House is unique in that it allows pregnant women and women with infant children to reside in treatment together. While in treatment, clients receive services that not only focus on recovery from substances and maintenance of mental health, but treatment that focuses on social functioning, education/vocational skills, and positive community and family ties. Participants learn to be accountable to the TC community through a hierarchical model of treatment stages that reflect increased levels of personal and social responsibility. The TC model is based on “community as method” or mutual self-help where all individuals within the TC assume responsibly for not only their own recovery, but that of their peers, and hold each other responsible for making meaningful changes. Clients receive evidenced based, on-site structured programming that includes: drug and alcohol treatment groups, cognitive behavioral therapy, specialized parenting groups, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, trauma informed groups, GED classes, vocational services, and individual counseling. Psychiatric, medical and dental care on site. The Baby Haven Child Care Center is located on campus and is a licensed and Quality rated center which specializes in the care of drug exposed infants. The center also provides care to community families allowing children to engage in interactive services. Clients who have their children in residence with them at the Haven Mother’s receive services for their children at the Baby Haven M-F from 8 am to 4 pm while they are participating in program activities.



University of Colorado: Peer I

Location: 3712 W. Princeton Circle, Denver, CO 80236


Population Types:  Adult male offenders who are referred from District Courts (Diversion), Department of Corrections, Probation, and Parole.

Facility Director: Irene G. Arguelles, LPC, CAC III 720-283-3681

University-of-Colorado-Peer-I-Grievance-Procedures.pdf(PDF, 417KB)

Zoned Bed Capacity: 126

Program Description:   Peer I treats adult males with chronic histories of substance dependence. Peer I provides an intensive therapeutic experience for individuals who have the most debilitating and unrelenting substance abuse/dependence problems. The average length of stay in residential is 9 to 12 months followed by a transfer to its non-residential Outpatient Therapeutic Community. In an attempt to confront the complex problem of drug and alcohol abuse, dependence and addiction, Peer I treats the “whole person.” Peer I utilizes evidenced based practices that are both based on behavior modification principles and cognitive interventions. Examples of specific empirically based treatments include cognitive-behavioral strategies, contingency management, motivational interviewing and cognitive skills training, all applied within a therapeutic milieu based on self-help principles and the notion of “community as method.” Therapeutic Communities view recovery as a self-help process of incremental learning toward a stable change in behavior, attitudes and values of right living that are associated with maintaining substance use abstinence. The goal of the Peer I program is to promote a complete change in lifestyle that includes drug abstinence, elimination of anti-social criminal behavior, acquisition of positive values and attitudes that reflect honesty, responsibility, non-violence and self-reliance, family reunification and financial responsibility.