The Story behind HEAT

Why is H.E.A.T. Necessary?

Although incarceration rates for Black males appear to be on the decline in recent years as compared to other racial and ethnic groups, they continue to represent approximately 45 percent of state prison inmates convicted of drug offenses, despite the fact that they only comprise about 12 percent of the U.S. population and do not evidence any higher rates of involvement in substance abuse than other racial groups.


Clearly, if the criminal justice system is to maximize their impact on rates of incarceration, they must find a way to engage young, Black males. (Mauer, 2009).

H.E.A.T is closely modeled after Afrocentric interventions that have previously been standardized and published in CSAP, CSAT and other publications (e.g., Burnett, 2008; Goddard, 1993; Philleo et al., 1997).

The HEAT program has been a success nationwide. It’s well respected amongst our peers and for its reach in communities and success rates.

The H.E.A.T. model has been utilized by counselors, therapist, teachers, reentry programs, Probation/Parole officers and case managers.





Darryl P. Turpin MPA, CADC is currently a Co-Principal for a social justice firm, Heat Time. He is the principal investigator for clinical research with young black men in the criminal justice system. Formally he was the Coordinator for the City of Louisville, Kentucky, Department of Public Health and Wellness, Men’s Health initiative. His work included oversight of the African American Male Empowerment Network. Additionally, Mr. Turpin serves as Chairperson on the PAL Coalition, a Drug Free Community (DFC) project in Louisville, Kentucky’s 7th Street corridor, focusing on reducing substance abuse among youth. He also serves on the Cultural Proficiency Committee for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). He is the immediate past chair of the Thurgood Marshall Action Coalition (TMAC), addressing inequities in the criminal justice system across the country.


His prior work experience has been as Senior Technical Associate with The MayaTech Corporation located in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was the Branch Manager of Program Development for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. He provided oversight to various programs across the state of Kentucky, including the coordination of Prevention Councils, Mentoring Programs, Faith-Based Initiatives and Disproportionate Minority Confinement. Mr. Turpin was also the Director of the Drug Court Programs Office in Louisville, Kentucky where he provided oversight to adult drug courts, reentry and the Second Chance program. He also developed and coordinated the juvenile drug court, family drug court and the Turning it Around Fatherhood Program.


As a Consultant, Mr. Turpin has worked with the Native American Alliance Foundation and provided technical assistance to Tribal Nations across the United States. Mr. Turpin also serves as faculty member for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the National Drug Court Institute, faculty member for the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Kentucky School of Alcohol and Drug Studies, National Black Addictions Institute and the Treating People of Color Conference. He serves as consultant to American University, National Treatment Alternatives to Street Crimes (TASC), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

Mr. Turpin holds a bachelor’s degree in clinical social work as well as a master’s degree in public administration from Kentucky State University. He is also a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC).





Guy Wheeler is a national expert in the area of treatment, consulting, and training with a strong focus on substance abuse and criminal behavior for both Juveniles and Adults. He is a prominent figure being highly sought after on the national and international lecture circuits. His inimitable and diverse trainings address a vast array of contemporary social topics relative to the causes and remedies to combat life issues. Every program he has operated has shown strong evidence to reduce the rate of recidivism.

Guy has produced three training videos that are sold around the world. His popular “Absent Father” video/topic was so powerful, the White House recently invited him to dialog and participate in the Fatherhood Initiative Program.

Mr. Wheeler is a faculty member for the National Drug Court Institute, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the International People of Color Conference. He operates in t e capacity of a trainer and/or grant evaluator for Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Juvenile Justice Prevention, and other local, state and national departments. He also serves as the National Vice President of the Thurgood Marshall Action Committee (TMAC). TMAC is a national organization addressing treatment issues for the voiceless poor and the oppressed within the Criminal Justice System.



Whenever Guy is not traveling the country, he is known as the “go to guy” advocating for addicts, co-occurring individuals, and ex-offenders.