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Council on Mentally Ill Offenders (COMIO)
2011 Best Practices Awards

The Council on Mentally Ill Offenders (COMIO) has designated four programs to receive the 2011 Best Practices Award.  These programs are recognized for their effectiveness in measuring the successful treatment of mentally ill patients/clients to decrease the likelihood of future involvement with law enforcement and corrections and increase the individuals’ likelihood of effectively transitioning back into the community.  The 2011 awards were presented to the Humboldt County New Horizons Program, Los Angeles County Project 180, San Bernardino County INFO Program and Sonoma County PATHS Program.

2011 Best Practices Award Recipients

Humboldt County - New Horizons Program

New Horizons, an intensive in-custody Mental Health treatment program, is offered within the secure environment of the Northern California Regional Facility. Treatment services include a combination of medication support, individual, group, and family counseling, alcohol/drug assessment and counseling, skill development training focused on anger management, moral judgment, the correction of thinking errors, social skills, and victim awareness. The transition to the aftercare phase of the program, offered to both participants and their families, includes linkage to the Mental Health System of Care Services, out-patient counseling and/or medication support, and case management services. New Horizons aftercare services are coordinated through the Family Intervention Team multi-agency process. Individualized strength-based child and family case plans are developed using the Family Unity process followed by the integration of wraparound services to support the minor and his/her family throughout community care programming.

Contact Information:

Mark Cory
2002 Harrison Avenue
Eureka, Ca 95501
(707) 268-3318

Los Angeles County - Project 180

Project 180 is committed to providing our clients with comprehensive one-on-one and group treatment. We believe in the power of individual connections and peer support to create sustained, viable and effective treatment. We are a team of mental and behavioral health professionals, substance counselors, social workers and peer advocates that work in concert to help clients reach their goals. Our services include: intensive case management, individual and group behavior modification, therapy and substance counseling, housing, benefits support, family reunification, supportive employment, education preparation and placement, and psychiatric and medication support. We constantly strive to be on the cutting edge of treatment, delivering services that are evidence-based and taking a holistic approach to client care with groups from Moral Reconation Therapy to Mindfulness and programs such as Peer Mediation. In addition, we offer family/couples therapy, communication and conflict training, assistance with parenting classes and child reunification support. Our vibrant Alumni Association meets regularly and serves as a living example of the power of our programs.

Contact Information

Project 180
Victoria Simon, Ph.D., MFT (Director)
420 S. San Pedro Street, G4
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 620-5712

San Bernardino County - INFO (Integrated New Family Opportunities)

This program is a newly funded Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction (MIOCR) grant program for minors coming out of the Central Juvenile Detention and Assessment Centers (JDAC). INFO will use evidence-based models for reducing the involvement of mentally ill minors in the juvenile justice system by providing assertive family/community involvement in treatment, 24/7 case management and support, behavioral therapy, and peer counseling.

Contact Information:

Terri Franklin, LCSW, MBA
Program Manager II
County of San Bernardino
Department of Behavioral Health
Juvenile Justice Program
700 E. Gilbert Street, Bldg. 4
San Bernardino, CA 92415

Carolyn Latta-Clark, MFT
Clinic Supervisor
County of San Bernardino
Department of Behavioral Health
Juvenile Justice Program
700 E. Gilbert Street, Bldg. 4
San Bernardino, CA 92415

Sonoma County -  PATHS ( Prevention, Art & Anger Management, Thinking Cognitively, Health Issues, Stress Reduction) Program

The core philosophy of the program is to provide guidance and instruction to assist inmates in identifying their feeling and thinking issues—the issues central to making healthy, appropriate life decisions. Each class content overlaps with subjects being taught by a core group of instructors throughout the balance of the week. The intent in implementing this approach is to solidify and affirm the overall program content by offering the messages in more than one style and format.

Contact Information:

Cammie Noah
Inmate Programs and Services Manager
Sonoma County Sheriff's Office
2777 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA  95403
707.565.1625; Fax: 707.565.6150