Parole Agents at a meeting

Mental Health Services Continuum Program

Transitional Case Management Program

The Division of Adult Operations (DAPO) utilizes contracted social workers to provide Transitional Case Management Program (TCMP) for inmates transitioning back to the community. TCMP services are to be provided for eligible inmates and parolees under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

The TCMP Services include two components:

  1. Institution Based - The Contractor provides full-time Institution Based Social Workers (IBSW) which provide pre-parole transitional services. Provision of services includes:

    Assist in the application process for benefit entitlements for potentially eligible inmates prior to parole. Such benefits include: Social Security benefits, such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Social Security Disability Income, California State sponsored Medi-Cal benefits, Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and refer clients to County operated General Assistance offices to apply in person. Inmate participation in this program is voluntary, and requires a signed authorization to represent from the participating inmates.

    Provide guidance, counseling, and parole planning services for inmates who have been diagnosed as having Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Inmate participation in this program is voluntary, and requires a signed authorization to represent from the participating inmates.

    Provide pre-release assessments on a prioritized workload for inmates identified as part of the prison's Mental Health Services Delivery System, by way of information gathering, and referral to the DAPO Parole Outpatient Clinics (POC). Inmate participation is mandatory, as a condition of parole.

    Serve as a point of contact and liaison between prison staff, and DAPO's Nursing Consultant, Program Review (Medical Placement Coordinator) for identifying and referring inmates that will require community-based continuity of care upon release from incarceration.

    Participate in the completion of inmate service plans and document the plan components in the appropriate data bases (Benefits Application Support System - BASS, Parole Automated Tracking System - PATS).

  2. Community Based - The Contractor provides full-time Community Based Social Workers (CBSW) which provides pre and post release transitional services to parolees. The CBSW is geographically assigned at specific parole offices, providing parole planning for parolees residing in specified Counties. Provisions of services include:

    HIV/AIDS - Develop parole service plans prior to release, and provide guidance counseling for identified parolees within the first 90 days of release who have been diagnosed as having HIV and AIDS.

    High Needs - Develop parole service plans prior to release, and provide guidance counseling for parolees at time of release, who have been identified as having high needs for services based on the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS), the comprehensive client assessment tool.

    Serve as a resource person to DAPO staff.

    Refer parolees requiring medical placement upon release from prison to the DAPO Medical Placement Coordinator.

    Document the service plan components in the appropriate computerized database applications (BASS, PATS, COMPAS).


Parole Outpatient Clinics

Parolee Outpatient Clinics (POC) provide mental health assessments and treatment upon release from prison and throughout parole. All inmates who participated in the prison's Mental Health Services Delivery System (MHSDS) at time of release to parole are referred and required to report to POC for an initial evaluation and treatment. Treatment consists of medication management, group therapy, individual therapy, and case management for parolees at high risk of criminal behavior due to their mental illness. All registered sex offenders are also required to attend POC upon release from prison to receive a mental health evaluation and ongoing treatment as necessary and clinically determined. In addition, Parole Agents can refer any parolee to POC for a mental health evaluation due to exhibiting signs and symptoms of mental illness.


Integrated Services for Mentally Ill Parolees

DAPO's Integrated Services for Mentally Ill Parolee-clients (ISMIP) Program is a comprehensive model which provides varied levels of care, supportive/transitional housing, and an array of mental health rehabilitative services to assist with the development of independent living in the least restrictive environment possible. Parole Agents and POC staff refer parolees to contracted ISMIP providers for day treatment and crisis care services to an average of 376 mentally ill parolees in need of intensive services for fiscal year 2010/2011. ISMIP services include assistance and linkage to: Crisis Care - 24 / 7 / 365 (including in-patient services), Mental Health Treatment, Substance Abuse Treatment, Case Management, Life Skills, Vocational training, Education, Housing, Benefit Entitlements, Transitional Plans for County Services, Medication Management, and Transportation.

Mental health treatment is provided by contracted providers when the parolee has Medi-Cal or other resources established. Medication management is provided by POC to non-benefited parolees enrolled in ISMIP, as well as individual or group therapy when unavailable from other funding sources outside of CDCR.

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