Porter Starke Program

The Chemical Dependency and Addictions Program provides counseling services and substance abuse education to incarcerated male and female inmates. In 2002, Porter-Starke Services and the Porter County Sheriff’s Department collaborated in the development of a Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Program focusing on the addiction thought process and criminal behavior. The 10-week, 45-hour treatment program is facilitated by three Porter-Starke chemical dependency and addictions therapists dedicated to assisting incarcerated individuals overcome their addiction while restructuring the thought and behavioral process. The Porter County Jail CD&A program focuses on self-awareness and self-improvement through individual commitment to change criminal thinking and addictive behavior. The individual develops skills to manage stress, anger, and cravings, appropriate ways to deal with triggers, as well as critical reasoning and decision-making skills. Upon successful completion of the program, offenders attend and participate in a graduation ceremony in which they are encouraged to share an individual “Goodbye Letter” to his or her drug of choice. This letter reflects the negative impact drugs have had on their lives and their motivation for change. Graduation ceremony guests are encouraged to share a few words supporting the offender’s recovery and their successful transition into society.


Dennis Mallonee
Chemical Dependency & Addictions Therapist

Graduated with a B.S.from Calumet College of St. Joseph and a Master’s in Health Science from Governor’s State University in Illinois in 2002. Dennis is a NAADAC certified addiction counselor NCAC II, Indiana certified addiction counselor in 1996 and licensed counselor as LCAC. Dennis also holds a certification as a Certified Criminal Justice Professional. Dennis has worked as an addiction counselor in the Porter County Jail since 2002.


Gwen Schilling
Chemical Dependency & Addictions Therapist

Gwen Schilling joined the CDA treatment team when the new jail opened in 2002. She holds a Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Purdue Calumet, is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor in the state of Indiana and is also a Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional. Gwen facilitates the Women’s CDA program and manages the Men’s programs as well. She enjoys keeping a variety of statistics that reflect the progress of the groups and the interaction with the criminal justice system. A yearly recidivism study tracks the efficacy of the treatment provided to the inmates.


Leo Smith
Chemical Dependency & Addictions Therapist

Twenty-six years in the field of substance abuse working in corrections, outpatient, residential and detoxification setting. Has been working at the Porter County Jail since 2011 providing group therapy three times weekly to a male population.