Employee Health & Wellness

A year later, CDCR Peer Support returns to Camp Fire

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor
Office of Public and Employee Communications

A year after the devastating Camp Fire, CDCR’s Peer Support Program (PSP) volunteers returned to lend an ear and a shoulder to the area’s first responders.

Five people stand in front of a badge emblem and the words Butte County Probation Department.
Peer Support volunteers returned to Butte County a year after the Camp Fire. They made a stop by the county probation department.

Seven volunteers from California Medical Facility and CSP-Solano traveled to Butte County over the weekend to offer support for the first anniversary of the Camp Fire.

“When they arrived, they were met by probation staff, the police department, etc. with open arms and so much gratitude. Butte County first responders are struggling and to see a familiar face was just what they needed,” said Katherine Minnich, Deputy Director of Human Resources for CDCR. “Later in the day the Sheriff met with our staff and stated how impressed he is with CDCR’s Peer Support and is thankful for our presence.”

Lisa, a peer support volunteer, visited with someone she connected with last year. The two also share a first name. Lisa, with Butte County Probation, was having a rough time.

“Our PSP Lisa walked in and she lit up,” reported Deputy Director Minnich. “Our Lisa had met and supported Butte County’s Lisa last year. They had a bond that provided needed support that had a priceless impact.”

The volunteers are committed to helping others.

“The PSP volunteers are the best of the best and continue to lead by example and touch lives,” she said. “They are compassionately using their own time and resources to support their brothers and sisters in Butte County and I couldn’t be prouder.”