Mission Statement

The mission of AIM Court is to provide support, education, direction and encouragement to women who have issues with AODA and/or mental health concerns so that they can be empowered to establish a healthy crime free life style. The goal is to keep families healthy and intact utilizing the art of persuasion vs. punishment.

The Goals of AIM

  • To prevent families from irreparable harm that can be caused while mothers are incarcerated
  • Utilize reliable and valid research tools to make recommendations to the Court based on Risk/Needs and readiness for change
  • To ensure families remain intact in a safe and secure environment
  • Help the AIM participant to break the cycle of substance abuse
  • Offer effective sanctions, rewards, continuing care, and treatment programming
  • Increase employment stability and encourage participants to obtain an HSED/GED
  • Reduce drug and alcohol related crimes, as well as crimes committed due to mental illness, and to increase community safety
  • Provide the court with valid and reliable information, based on current research-based practices, which will add value in case disposition processes

Benefits of AIM

  • Intensive monitoring offered through the Department of Corrections
  • Creative resources offered to AIM participants
  • Rewards for positive steps
  • Individualized consequences based on input from the AIM team
  • Regular staffing with AIM Team, where participant’s presence is required
  • Support in engaging in productive activity (e.g. employment, school, etc.)
  • Judicial bundling of cases before the circuit court
  • Less jail time
  • Electronic monitoring
  • An ongoing sober support community even after completion
  • Letters of support for employment, rental, and educational purposes
  • Supportive wrap around model of case management
  • Supportive intervention and accountability to the AIM Team

Other Resources

National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women article
Innovator Profile:  Eau Claire County, WI Alternatives to Incarcerating Mothers (AIM) Court

 

AIM Contacts

Marsha Schiszik
AIM Court Coordinator

Phone: (715) 839-6815
Fax: (715) 831-5784
Marsha.Schiszik@co.eau-claire.wi.us