Offender Mentor Certification
Program (OMCP) MCRP image

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 mentors for alcohol and other drug counseling. Once participants graduate from this program, they are assigned as inmate mentors in Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUD) and Reentry Programming.

The primary goal of the OMCP is to provide alcohol and drug counseling from a team of both certified inmate mentors and certified contracted counselors. Combined, they provide enhanced treatment services to inmates assigned to the SUD programs. OMCP is intended to reduce the occurrence of substance abuse relapse and recidivism among SUD program participants. At the completion of training, participants can obtain a substance abuse counseling certification from a certifying organization recognized by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

OMCP mentors currently earn their certification through the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators(CAADE) and use this certification to obtain employment upon release.

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  • Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF)
  • California State Prison, Solano (SOL)
  • Valley State Prison (VSP)


OMCP candidates must complete a closely supervised 4000-hour counseling internship in an In-Prison SUD program to be eligible for certification. Each Offender Mentor must also successfully pass the Counselor Certification written examination, currently provided through CAADE.


To be considered for the OMCP, each candidate must:

  • Successfully complete the SUD program
  • Complete a CDCR OMCP application packet
  • Write a 500 word essay
  • Provide a resume with 3 references
  • Agree to and sign a Code of Ethics/Scope of Practice from the certifying organization
  • Allow the candidate's Central File (C-File) to be evaluated
  • Participate in an oral interview with CDCR selection panel
  • Agree to and sign a CDCR/OMCP internship performance contract


Offenders must have a minimum of five years to life remaining time to serve, and cannot have a 115 in the last three years, a mental health history, a registered conviction for Penal Codes 288 or 290, and no felony holds.

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