About

Mission

Options For Justice is a non-profit organization which addresses the needs and concerns of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Lincoln County citizens with developmental disabilities who encounter the criminal justice system. Options For Justice provides support services and education/training for persons with developmental disabilities and professionals in the criminal justice, social service, and/or developmental disabilities service delivery system.

Case Management Services

Options For Justice provides Case Management services in order to support individuals and their families during a time of crisis, as they attempt to understand, navigate, and succeed within the criminal justice system. We do this by identifying priorities, connecting individuals to resources, services, and supports, and developing individualized plans for support which promote success for that individual. We are able to take the extra time often needed to not only ensure that individuals understand their rights and responsibilities, but will also work directly with that person as they follow through with their responsibilities.  Our Case Coordinators respond to all referrals in an attempt to determine eligibility for our services.  Valuable crisis support can often be provided during the eligibility verification process. We will ensure that some type of direction and support is offered to everyone that seeks assistance.

Education and Training

In addition to individual supports, Options For Justice staff will collaborate and provide training with other professionals within the criminal justice and developmental disability service delivery systems. Options For Justice offers this training at no cost and can individualize this training to an organization’s specific needs. We believe that the more information professionals within the criminal justice and developmental disability service delivery systems have, the more successful our participants will be!

Philosophy

Case Management, Coordination, and referral services are offered free of charge at any point along the individual’s encounter within the criminal justice system. This can be when an individual is initially charged, during incarceration, in court, and during probation and parole. Navigating these systems in the best of situations can be difficult, but when you have a developmental disability it can be especially challenging! Options For Justice Case Coordinators help people understand their rights and responsibilities during their encounter within the criminal justice system. The organization does not focus on the precipitating circumstances that brought this person into the system, nor do we advocate that individuals not uphold their responsibilities to society and others. Our focus is designed to ensure that the individual and all parties involved understand the unique concerns and strategies which might be necessary to promote a successful outcome to their situation. Participation in our program will increase the likelihood of follow through and prioritization of court appointed directives for these individuals and can change their situation from crisis to success. This can directly impact the probability of not reoffending or decreasing the length of an individual’s connection to the criminal justice system as they work to become contributing members of society.

Please feel free to contact us for further information. We are a very unique organization – offering supports that are not readily duplicated by other organizations in St. Louis and surrounding areas. We are always excited to talk about the important work that we do at Options For Justice!