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SPECIAL STUDIES AND REPORTS

Samples of Special Studies and Reports completed by Tidwell and Associates, Inc. are listed below. They are divided into the categories of: Community Services, Criminal Justice / Justice and Corrections, Education Programs, Victim Services, Criminal Justice, and Mental Health.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES

2-1-1
United Way of South Carolina

Mr. Tidwell and consultants developed a case statement for developing a 2-1-1 system in South Carolina.

 

 CRIMINAL JUVENILE / JUSTICE AND CORRECTIONS

A Feasibility Study for Constructing an Alternative Detention Facility for DUI and Non-Violent Offenders

The Charleston County Council

Working in conjunction with Carter Goble Associates, Inc., Mr. Tidwell analyzed the feasibility of establishing an alternative minimum-security facility for non-violent offenders to reduce overcrowding in the county jail.

A Study of Defense Services for Indigent Criminal Defendants in South Carolina
South Carolina Bar

Mr. Tidwell conducted an assessment of the indigent defense system in South Carolina and developed recommendations which resulted in a major overhaul of the system. He was assisted by Robert Spangenberg, of the Spangenberg Group.

Juvenile Justice Advisory Council
South Carolina Center for Family Policy

Mr. Tidwell served as a senior consultant to a statewide Juvenile Justice Task Force. A report was developed assessing the current system and making comprehensive systemic change recommendations.

  

 EDUCATION PROGRAMS

High School Redesign Commission
S.C. Department of Education

Mr. Tidwell and Ms. Colleen Bozard developed a needs assessment and proposed recommendations for high schools to follow in responding to the needs of high risk youth.

South Carolina Safe Schools Report
SC Governor's Office

Mr. Tidwell directed a team of consultants to develop a report on school violence in SC and provided guidance to school districts on strategies to reduce school violence.

 VICTIM SERVICES

Tidwell & Associates, Inc. has been a co-principal investigator on several projects which impact victims of crime. They include:
 

The Dream, The Law, The Reality

National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
Medical University of South Carolina

Along with Dr. Kilpatrick and others, conducted a five-year follow-up assessment of the Crime Victims Bill of Rights in South Carolina. The project included surveys of policy makers, victim advocates and crime victims. The report included major recommendations for improving services to crime victims.

Balancing the Scales: A Master Plan for Crime Victim Services in South Carolina
The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
Medical University of South Carolina

This project assessed the status of crime victim's services in South Carolina, analyzed caseloads, staffing and funding for victim services, projected funding needs for the future, and prepared a master plan for victim services in the future. Mr. Tidwell served as senior consultant and co-principal investigator.

Child Victims and Witnesses: A Three State Profile (December 1990)
The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
Medical University of South Carolina

Mr. Tidwell was co-project director for the project funded by the State Justice Institute. An assessment was conducted of practices relating to the handling of child victims in criminal court in three states and a model protocol developed on how the court system should handle such cases in the future.

 
 CRIMINAL JUSTICE
 
        A Feasibility Study for Constructing an Alternative Detention Facility for DUI             and Non-Violent Offenders
        The Charleston County Council

        Working in conjunction with Carter Goble Associates, Inc., Mr. Tidwell analyzed the         feasibility of establishing an alternative minimum-security facility for non-violent             offenders to reduce overcrowding in the county jail.

 

 MENTAL HEALTH

The Quality Assurance Plan and Manual for Community Mental Health Centers
South Carolina Department of Mental Health

Mr. Tidwell utilized a team of consultants to work with departmental representatives to develop standards for community mental health centers.

Improved Efficiency and Local Flexibility
South Carolina Department of Mental Health

Mr. Tidwell utilized consultants to work with departmental officials to develop procedures to decentralize decision-making in the areas of personnel, budget/finance and other procurement matters. Changes in policies and procedures were identified to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of care throughout the system and to make the centers and facilities more competitive and responsive in a managed care environment.

 
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