At the last COMIO meeting on September 21st, Kevin Hoffman, Deputy Director of the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), gave a presentation on the implementation of substance use disorder and other treatment programs at CDCR. Mr. Hoffman provided an overview of the programs, where they are being implemented, the eligibility requirements for participation, and which issues and/or needs they address. The mission of the Division of Rehabilitative Programs is “to help offenders leave prison with better job or career skills, education, life skills, and confidence, so they can succeed in their futures despite past obstacles”. As such, there is an array of programs and services being implemented inside California prisons and for parolees with the intention of reducing recidivism and improving public safety.

The programs and services covered in the presentation included the following:

  • Offender Mentor Certification Program
  • Long-Term Offender Program
  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment
  • California Identification (CAL-ID) Program
  • Community and Reentry Services
  • Life Term Offenders
  • Parolee Service Centers
  • Transitional Housing Program

Below are brief descriptions of these programs. Click here to view Deputy Director Hoffman’s full PowerPoint Presentation.

Offender Mentor Certification Program (OMCP) – The OMCP is a voluntary program for long-term and life-term inmates, providing offenders with the training and certification needed to allow them to become certified counselors for alcohol and other drug counseling.

Long-Term Offender Program (LTOP) – The LTOP is a voluntary program that provides evidence-based programming to offenders who are subject to the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) parole suitability process. The goal of the LTOP is to provide cognitive behavioral treatment programming to address the criminogenic needs and risk, thereby reducing the likelihood of reoffending.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT is an evidence-based treatment that teaches individuals how to identify and change destructive thought patterns which have a negative influence on behavior. CBT curriculum focuses on goal-oriented treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem solving that transforms thinking patterns and behaviors.

California Identification (CAL-ID) Program – The CAL-ID Program provides a valid California identification card to eligible inmates upon their release from prison. Possession of a California ID card is a critical component for employment and other services.

Community and Reentry Services – These services provide comprehensive post-release rehabilitative programs and services located in communities throughout the State of California delivered through residential, outpatient, and drop-in centers.

Parolee Service Centers (PSC) – PSCs are a voluntary residential program which focuses on employment search and placement training, substance use disorder education, stress management, victim awareness, computer supported literacy, and life skills.

Transitional Housing Program (THP) – THP is a 6-12 month program meant to address the unique needs of the inmates who receive a grant of parole by BPH.

To learn more about the Division of Rehabilitative Programs, visit http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/rehabilitation