Missouri Governor Mike Parson visited the Improving Community Treatment Success (ICTS) program in April. The Missouri Department of Corrections established ICTS to provide comprehensive community-based services for people on probation and parole who have behavioral health needs. The state has since expanded the program as part of its Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

The corrections department’s probation and parole team has recently transformed Missouri’s community supervision model to accommodate new client needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that clients receive the support they need to transition off probation or parole successfully.

During his visit, Gov. Parson sat down with George Lanier of Bolivar, Missouri, who excelled at the ICTS program while he was on probation. During his time in the program, George worked two part-time jobs at a local hospital and at Wendy’s, where he is now employed full time. With help from ICTS, he moved into a house and is focusing on taking care of his children, including a new baby.

Watch the video of Gov. Parson’s visit, arranged through the Face to Face initiative and produced with support from Arnold Ventures.

Face to Face, a project led by The CSG Justice Center, creates meaningful interactions between policymakers and people who have firsthand experience with the criminal justice system.