California Rehabilitation Oversight Board
SACRAMENTO – California Rehabilitation Oversight Board (C-ROB) recently held a public meeting at the California State University Sacramento Harper Alumni Center, at 7490 College Town Drive, to discuss several significant updates concerning the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) programs and services. C-ROB was established by Assembly Bill 900, the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007.
Pursuant to Penal Code, Section 6141, C-ROB serves as a multi-disciplinary public board with members from various state and local entities to examine and report on rehabilitative programming provided to offenders and parolees by CDCR, including the implementation of an effective treatment model throughout the department. CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan serves as a board member.
Misty Polasik, C-ROB Executive Director, provided highlights from site visits by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to all 35 adult institutions from December 2015 to January 2016 and again May 2016 to June 2016. During visits, OIG staff observed rehabilitation programs, interviewed CDCR staff and spoke with inmates to collect feedback. Staff reported several highlights from the visits such as dedicated staff, increased rehabilitative programming, reentry center and substance-use disorder treatment expansions.
In the meeting, Chairperson Robert A. Barton led a discussion on the draft September 2016 Annual C-ROB report, followed by several updates from CDCR staff, including Jay Virbel, Director, Division of Rehabilitative Programs on the following program areas:
- 2015 CDCR Outcome Evaluation Report
- Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative
- Automated Rehabilitation Catalog and Information Discovery
Resource and Reentry Services
- Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Sexual Offending program
- Office of Correctional Education Update on Community College Expansions
C-ROB Chairperson Robert Barton, Inspector General,
Stephanie Santos, Training Director and Jackson
Jackson and Murphy are eight-week old puppies that will participate in the Tender Loving Canines program. With voluntary rehabilitation programming in place at various locations, non-profit staff plan to compete for CDCR Innovative Programming Grants to create more opportunities to participate in the program.
To locate C-ROB Annual Reports and upcoming public meeting information, visit http://www.oig.ca.gov/
Affairs, at (916) 444-4950 or by email at Albert.Rivas@cdcr.ca.gov