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Casa Aurora Community-Based Female Offender Program Opens In Kern County

Program is First of its Kind in US

Bakersfield – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS), hosted an open house for the state’s only Female Rehabilitative Community Correctional Center to highlight the groundbreaking rehabilitative program Casa Aurora in Bakersfield. The program is a collaboration between CDCR and MHS and is the first program of its kind in the country.

“We are very proud of this new and innovative program where MHS treatment staff work hand-in-hand with our correctional staff to rehabilitate incarcerated women using proven gender responsive principles,” said Debra Herndon, Associate Director of CDCR’s Female Offender Programs and Services. “This program allows female offenders to serve the remainder of their sentence in a therapeutic environment designed to assist them in reintegrating into society, improves community safety and reduces recidivism,” Herndon said.

Casa Aurora can accommodate 75 non-serious, non-violent female offenders, and provides rehabilitative services through a trauma-informed and gender-responsive program achieved through education and vocational programs, family and social support, health and mental health services, substance abuse treatment, comprehensive case management, and the establishment and completion of life goals.

“We were proud to show the community and officials the importance of this innovative new program and demonstrate how cost-effective this type of treatment can be,” said Kim Bond, president of Mental Health Systems.


Cassandra Hockenson – (916) 445-4950
Capt. Michael Alonzo – (559) 665-6100, ext 6167