Parolee Handbook Section I

Frequently Requested Information in Section I

Welcome to Parole

As a returning community member, you play a vital role in the success of your parole. Together, we believe in protecting the rights of the community members and contributing to the safety and success of our community.

The privilege of parole comes with a lot of responsibility.  This handbook will provide the resources and services in order to navigate parole and provide a foundation for success. In order to be successful, your parole agent, with the assistance of the Adult Program Unit (APU) and local community services, will help build mutual trust, break down barriers, and overcome stereotypes in order to ensure safety and protection for all.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Guiding Principles, Mission, and Values

“The goal of rehabilitation is to help former inmates stop being prisoners of their past and become architects of their future”

The community’s well-being and safety is our core focus and purpose. We support successful parolee reintegration utilizing science and technology while treating each individual with dignity and respect. Applying a procedural justice framework, we are advocates for parolees, victims, and their families to achieve positive, sustainable change, build mutual trust, and strengthen collaborative partnerships.

Prerelease Information (Beginning 210 – 180 Days Prior to Release)

The following will outline some of the processes that will occur prior to your release from prison:

Community Transition Program (CTP)

The goal of CTP is to provide soon-to-be paroled individuals with a bridge to local reentry assistance agencies and community-based programs that you will need once you are released on state parole.  A CTP Parole Service Associate (PSA) will come to see you between 210 and 180 days prior to your scheduled release date. The PSA will meet with you and conduct the following procedures. 

  • Risk and Needs Assessment
    • This short questionnaire will help the PSA to know what challenges you might face upon release.
  • Release Program Study (RPS) / CDCR Form 611
    • This is the document used to determine where you will be living and what parole office you will be assigned. 
      • It is determined by your last LEGAL residence. That is the address that can be verified by your police or probation report on file for your commitment case. If neither of those reports are clear regarding your last address, it will be determined by your county of commitment.
  • Transfer to Other Counties or Interstate
    • For transfer out of county in California, your request will have to be to live with a mother, father, brother, sister or wife/husband. 
    • For transfer out of state – the above applies as well as all of your restitution must be paid off prior to this request.
  • Conditions of Parole
    • Written rules that you must follow for a successful parole.
    • They will be provided to you just prior to release and you can discuss them with your parole agent upon checking in.
  • Reporting Instructions
    • This will let you know when and where to report to the parole office.
  • Residence / Program Placements
    • Substance abuse treatment (drug or alcohol) is the first process for this type of placement.
      • These programs are offered to those that have a substance abuse history.  If you are homeless and do not have a substance abuse issue, you are not eligible for an inpatient program.  You will have to speak with your parole agent upon release for local options.
    • They will assist with getting you to and from your appointments at the parole office.
    • They will help with documents that you will need for returning to the community.
    • They will also help you with looking for and obtaining a job once you are ready for that step.
    • It should be noted:  These programs are only provided for 6 months.
  • Transportation Options
    • Once you are placed in a Residential Program, the PSA will work on getting transportation provided from the prison to the program for you, at no charge to you.
    • You shall be picked up and transported to your county of supervision by a parole agent upon release. This will be coordinated within 45 days prior to your release date. Please ensure to review your reporting instructions from your assigned parole agent.
  • Pre-Release Video Conferencing (PRVC)
    • If you’re going to be released on Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS) (Probation) your probation officer may want to meet with you prior to release and the PSA will set up the video conference so that you have the opportunity to ask questions you may have.
    • There also may be an occasion where your parole agent may want to meet with you prior to release.  The PSA will set up the video conference with your parole agent so you can meet them.
  • Static-99 Assessment
    • The Static-99 is a tool designed to estimate the probability of sexual and violent recidivism among adult males who have already been convicted of at least one sexual offense against a child or a non-consenting adult.
  • Transitional Case Management Program (TCMP)
    • TCMP social workers will meet with you within 6 months of release.  They will help you fill out the following documents and send them to the appropriate county agencies.  It will be your responsibility to follow up with the agency to get the provisions started.
      • Social Security
      • Medi-Cal
      • Medicare
      • Cal-Fresh
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • If it is hard for you to see, hear, talk, walk, move, breathe or learn, you may have a disability. 
    • If you have medical or mental issues, you may have a disability. 
    • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) says you cannot be discriminated based on a disability.  There are two types of disabilities: 
      • 1) Permanent Disability – A disability that will not likely get better in the next six months, and
      •  2) Temporary Disability – Something like a broken leg or a minor operation, which will heal in time.
    • While you are on parole, and are having a hard time with something that you have to do, ask for help by talking to your parole agent. 
      • If you need additional help, your parole agent will give you a form to request a reasonable accommodation. 
      • You can also use this form to complain if you are unhappy with the help you receive. 
      • Once the form is filled out, send it to the Appeals Coordinator at your Regional Headquarters. 
  • If you need help filling out the form, ask your parole agent.
    • If you are housed in county jail following the placement of a parole hold, you will be visited by a parole agent who will explain the charges you face. 
      • If you need a reasonable accommodation while you are in county jail, the parole agent can help you complete a form that will give you a chance to describe any disabilities that you have or ask for help to address your needs such as communication, housing, or medical concerns.  The parole agent will answer any questions you may have. 
      • You can use the county jail grievance process at any time you feel your needs are not being met. 

Initial Release (First 30 Days)

Following all of the directions provided upon your release from prison are important first steps in your journey towards successfully completing parole supervision including the following:

  •  On the first working day following any release, report to your assigned parole office, unless prior arrangements are approved in writing by the unit supervisor. However, if you meet the highest risk classifications, you will need to report no later than 48 hours after release, or the first working day following release, whichever is sooner.
  • If you have any difficulty following your reporting instructions, call the parole office collect immediately. If you cannot get a hold of your parole agent or the Officer of the Day (OD), contact the closest parole office you can find and ask them for help.  Remember, it is your responsibility to report.
  • It will be important that all of the instructions from your parole agent are followed. Approval from your parole agent is required in order to travel more than 50 miles from your residence.  It is not permitted to be absent from your county of residence for a period of more than 48 hours. Written approval from your parole agent is required prior to leaving the State of California.
  • Compliance with all state, federal, county, and municipal laws is required. Inform your parole agent as soon as possible if arrested for any felony or misdemeanor crime. Be advised, your conduct, if prohibited by law, may result in parole revocation with or without a criminal conviction.
  • Contact your parole agent within 24 hours of any type of law enforcement contact (e.g., traffic stop, identification check, suspect, witness, etc.). Additionally, inform the law enforcement officer that you are on parole.

Release Funds

Upon reporting to the parole office, talk to your parole agent regarding your release funds.

Conditions of Parole

You will receive a copy of your Conditions of Parole prior to release. It is important that you review and follow the conditions as outlined in your Conditions of Parole.

Post-Release

Initial Comprehensive Interview

You will meet with your parole agent to reaffirm your Conditions of Parole and Case Plan, conduct intake procedures, and determine your needs. Be prepared to provide your parole agent with information such as your address, phone number, email and emergency contact information.

Goals and Progress

Your parole agent will meet with you regularly to review your Case Plan, and your progress towards your goals. On the days that you meet with your parole agent, your parole agent will share and discuss information about your goals and progress. A parole agent supervisor along with your parole agent, will discuss your performance with you, and will make recommendations about what tasks you should focus on, and complete during your parole period.  

Resources and Services

DAPO offers several types of cost-free programs and resources that can help you with employment, education, housing or substance abuse.  Your parole agent will know if these programs and resources are available in your area and will be able to refer you to them if they are.

Examples of services include:

  • Supportive Services
    • Medi-Cal and Cal-Fresh
    • Child Support Services
    • Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
    • Social Security Administration (SSA)
    • Government Cellular Phones
    • Mobile Medical Van
    • Veterans Assistance
    • Homeless Shelters / Food Banks / Showers  
    • Dress to Success / Clothing
  • Mental Health
    • Behavioral Health Reintegration (BHR) (Formerly known as “POC”)
    • Telecare CORE Program
    • Health Care Services
    • Counseling
    • Co-occurring Disorder Treatment
    • Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT)
    • Assisted Living / Housing
  • Treatment Programs
    • Licensed Residential Treatment
    • Sober Living Environment (SLE)
    • Non-Medical Detoxification
    • Transitional Housing Program (THP)
    • Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUDT)
    • Long-Term Offender Reentry Recovery (LTORR) Program
  • Other Programs/Resources
    • Substance Abuse Education
    • Anger Management / Batterer’s Intervention Classes
    • Cognitive and Life Skills Training
    • Education / GED Preparation
    • Employment Development Services
    • Housing (if available)
    • Court-Ordered Programs
  • Parole Sponsored Programs:
    • Parole and Community Team (PACT)
    • Women Empowerment (WE) Support Groups
    • Females Achieving Change Together (FACT)
    • Lifer Peer Navigation Network (PRNN) Program
    • Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
    • Employment / Vocational Training
    • Education / Job Resource / Fairs
    • Caltrans / Construction / Prison to Employment (P2E)
    • Direct and Emergency Placements

Obtaining Services

This part of the handbook will tell you about some of the resources and places you can contact to apply for these types of benefits/services. If you have trouble finding the benefits you need, you can ask your parole agent or the APU to help you.   

In order to obtain services or resources, you may need a Driver’s License, Identification Card and/or a Social Security Card.  Your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Social Security Administration (SSA) can assist with this process:

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

How to apply for a Driver’s License or Identification Cards

  • Complete a Driver’s License (DL) or Identification (ID) Card Application
  • Visit a DMV office, where you will provide:
    • Social security number (SSN)
    • Proof of identity. Your current name needs to match the name on the identity document
    • Proof of residence (if you have never had a California DL/ID card)
    • Application fee (see below for information about reduced- and no-fee ID cards)
    • Have your thumbprint scanned
    • Have your photo taken
    • REAL ID, you must also provide proof of your identity, SSN, and two proofs of residency

The DMV offers online services that allow you to renew your DL or ID Card without having to visit a DMV office. 

Visit www.dmv.ca.gov for a list of online services and office locations or call the 1-800-777-0133 for customer service assistance.

For Hearing Impaired assistance:  TTY:  1-800-368-4327

Reduced Fee ID Cards

  • Reduced-Fee ID card:  You may be eligible if you meet income requirements.
  • No-Fee ID card:  You may be eligible for a no-fee ID card if you are “homeless.”
  • Senior ID card:  You may be eligible for a no-fee senior citizen ID card if you are at least 62 years old.

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Why Do You Need a Social Security Number?

A Social Security Number (SSN) is important because you need it to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and get some other government services.

How to Apply for a SSN or Replacement Card

You will need to provide original documents for verification:

  • Citizenship
    • SSA can accept only certain documents as proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Age
    • You must present your birth certificate. If one exists, you must submit it. If a birth certificate does not exist, we may be able to accept your:
      • Religious record made before the age of five showing your date of birth
      • U.S. hospital record of your birth
      • U.S. passport
    • Anyone age 12 or older requesting an original SSN must appear in person for an interview. We will ask for evidence to show you do not have a SSN
  • Identity
    • SSA can accept only certain documents as proof of identity. An acceptable document must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recent photograph. For example, as proof of identity, SSA must see your:
      • U.S. driver’s license
      • State-issued non-driver ID card
      • U.S. passport

If you do not have one of these specific documents or you cannot get a replacement for one of them within 10 days, SSA will ask to see other documents. Any documents submitted, including the following, must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recent photograph:

  • Employee ID card.
  • School ID card.
  • Health insurance card (not a Medicare card).
  • U.S. military ID card

SSA recommends that you keep your Social Security card in a safe place with your other important papers and avoid giving it out unnecessarily. 

For assistance in obtaining a SSN or replacement card, visit www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ or contact 1-800-772-1213 for customer service assistance.  Hearing Impaired TTY: 800-325-0778

Government Cellular Phones

Assurance Wireless is a Lifeline Assistance federally-funded program.  Assurance Wireless provides eligible, low-income customers a free Android cell phone with the most generous cell phone plan under “Assurance Wireless Unlimited.”  It combines a Lifeline service with the temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) to give eligible customers unlimited data, texts, minutes and 10 gigabytes of hotspot data.

You may qualify for a California Lifeline or EBB if you participate in any of these government programs:

  • Food Stamps / Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medi-Cal or Cal-Fresh
  • Veterans Pension benefit or Survivors Pension
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • You may also qualify based on your household income.  You must provide proof of program participation or proof of income. 
  • EBB Requirements:
    • Participate in the National School Lunch Program
    • Experienced a substantial loss of income in the last 12 months
    • Received a Pell Grant

To apply for a free cell phone through Assurance Wireless dial 1-888-898-4888.  Please note that it will take 2-3 weeks for a phone to be mailed to you once you have submitted all the documents required.  You can also visit their website at www.assurancewireless.com or if you have any questions dial 1-888-321-5880.

Residence

Through extensive community partnerships, innovative community supervision and a commitment to rehabilitation, CDCR is helping offenders succeed as they return to their communities. Comprehensive pre- and post-release rehabilitative programs and services are offered in communities throughout California delivered through alternative custody, residential, outpatient and drop-in centers.

Live-In Residence

Live-in programs for offenders serving the last part of their sentence in community programs in lieu of confinement in state prison provide links to community rehabilitative services and programs focused on skills such as Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUDT), education, housing, family reunification, vocational training and employment services.

Alternate Custody Program (ACP)

The Alternative Custody Program (ACP) is a voluntary program developed for eligible offenders that allows them to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility, a residential drug, or other treatment program.

ACP participants remain under the jurisdiction of the CDCR and are supervised by parole agents while in the community. One day of participation in ACP shall be in lieu of one day of incarceration in a state prison. Participants receive credits for time served they would have received while incarcerated in state prison.

Inmate Requests for ACP

An inmate requests ACP placement by submitting an ACP Application and Voluntary Agreement (CDCR Form 2234) to the assigned Correctional Counselor II (CCII) at the institution; or mailing the form to:

Women and Children Services Unit (WCSU)
Female Offenders Program and Services (FOPS)

10961 Sun Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Note: The residence the inmate notates on their CDCR Form 2234, ACP Application and Voluntary Agreement, must be able to allow the prospective ACP participant to reside there until their Earliest Possible Release Date (EPRD), barring any unforeseen circumstances.

If an inmate is requesting placement in an ACP Program, an acceptance letter from the program must be submitted with the CDCR Form 2234. The ACP Program acceptance letter must include the inmate’s name, signature, CDCR number, EPRD, return mailing address, ACP Program name, ACP Program address, ACP Program contact number, and the ACP Program contact person’s printed and signed name and the date. The ACP Program acceptance letter must state acceptance to the ACP Program and guaranteed bed availability through the inmate’s EPRD.

The Community Prisoner Mother Program (CPMP) is a community substance abuse treatment program where non-serious, non-violent female offenders may serve a sentence up to six years. The CPMP has been in existence since 1985 and is mandated by Penal Code (PC) Section 3410. Women are placed in the program from any of the female institutions. Pursuant to PC Section 3410, program eligibility requires that the female offender have up to two children less than six years of age, have no active felony holds, nor any prior escapes. The female offender must sign a voluntary placement agreement to enter the program, followed by three years of parole. The CPMP facilities are not the property of CDCR, and a private contractor provides program services at our Pomona facility. The treatment program addresses substance issues, emotional functioning, self-esteem, parenting skills, and employment skills.

Basic Program Components of the CPMP

  • Pregnant and/or parenting mothers and their children under six years of age are provided programs and support services to assist in developing the skills necessary to become a functioning, self-sufficient family that positively contributes to society.
  • Individual Treatment Plans are developed for both the mother and child to foster development and personal growth. Program services focus on trauma-informed substance abuse prevention, parenting and educational skills.
  • The program provides a safe, stable, and stimulating environment for both the mother and the child, utilizing the least restrictive alternative to incarceration consistent with the needs for public safety.
  • Program goals facilitate the mother/child bond, reunite the family, enhance community reintegration, foster successful independent living, and enhance self-reliance and self-esteem. The resultant mission is to break the inter-generational chain of crime and social services dependency.

The primary focus of the CPMP is to reunite mothers with their children and re-integrate them back into society as productive citizens by (a) providing a safe, stable, wholesome and stimulating environment, (b) establishing stability in the parent-child relationship, and providing the opportunity for in-mate mothers to bond with their children and strengthen the family unit.

Specific goals are:

  1. To PROMOTE community reintegration, independent living and self-reliance;
  2. To REDUCE the use of alcohol and drugs, involvement in criminal behavior, the rate of recidivism, factors which result in trauma to children of incarcerated parents and ultimately long-term costs to the state;
  3. To INCREASE parenting skills, emotional stability, and educational and vocational opportunities;
  4. To ADDRESS substance abuse issues, behavioral and psychological factors which impact emotional stability, self-esteem, self-reliance, parent-child relationship and appropriate child development;
  5. To PROVIDE pre-release planning, employment skills, educational, vocational and parenting skills

Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program

The Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP) allows eligible offenders with serious and violent crimes committed to State prison to serve their sentence in the community at a CCTRP as designated by the Department, in lieu of confinement in State prison and at the discretion of the Secretary.  The CCTRP will provide a range of rehabilitative services that assist with alcohol and drug recovery, employment, education, housing, family reunification, and social support.

Under CCTRP, one day of participation counts as one day of incarceration in State prison, and participants in the program are also eligible to receive any sentence reductions that they would have received had they served their sentence in State prison.  Participants may be returned to an institution to serve the remainder of their term at any time with or without cause.

Female participants who volunteer for CCTRP will be placed into the program with a minimum of 45 days and a maximum of 30 months to participate prior to their release date.  All of the participants receiving services through the CCTRP will be required to reside at the CCTRP program.  CDCR will have the final decision regarding program placements and retains the right to remove participants from the program at any time.

CDCR currently has CCTRPs at the following locations:

  • San Diego – 112 bed facility
  • Santa Fe Springs – 112 bed facility
  • Bakersfield – 75 bed facility
  • Stockton – 50 bed facility
  • Sacramento – 50 bed facility
  • Los Angeles – 60 bed facility

Inquiries regarding the CCTRP should be addressed to the Female Offender Programs and Services/Special Housing Mission, Women and Children Services Unit, at (916) 464-4001.

Male Community Reentry Program

The Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) is a voluntary program for eligible males who have 365 days of their prison sentence left to serve. This allows eligible people committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the community, in lieu of confinement in state prison. MCRP is facilitated by the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP).

Launched in 2015, MCRP is designed to provide a range of community-based, rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorder, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification, and social support. MCRP assists participants to successfully reenter the community from prison and contributes to reduced recidivism by using community-based rehabilitative services.  Rehabilitative services may include guidance and support, family reunification, community resources, education, employment, health care services, recovery groups, and housing.

Locations

MCRP is located in the following counties:

  • Butte (Multi-County: Tehama, Nevada, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Placer and Yuba)
  • Kern County
  • Los Angeles County (3 locations)
  • San Diego County

Program Length

Individuals are eligible to participate up to 365 days, but no less than 30 days, before their EPRD.

Eligibility / Enrollment

All levels of eligible incarcerated people may volunteer for MCRP placement. Those determined potentially eligible for placement will be reviewed by the Institution Classification Committee (ICC) and, if approved for placement, referred to the Classification Staff Representative for endorsement. All participants are subjected to mandatory electronic monitoring and must agree as a condition of placement.

The ineligibility criteria are as follows:

  • The County of Last Legal Residence (CLLR) is not serviced by an MCRP. (An individual must be approved for a transfer of supervision to a county serviced by an MCRP, prior to ICC’s review, to become eligible for review)
  • Has a PC Section 290 registration requirement, an R suffix, or current or prior conviction for a sexually violent offense as defined in subdivision (B) of the Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 6600
  • Has a California Static Risk Assessment (CSRA) score of five (high violence)
  • Mandatory Minimum Placement Code for escape or when a walkaway has occurred within the last five years of ICC’s review
  • Has an active or potential felony hold, warrant, or detainer
  • Has an active or potential Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold, warrant, or detainer
  • Has in-custody misconduct (Division A-C offenses) within the last 12 calendar months, except physical possession of alcohol and possession of drugs (trafficking offenses remain exclusionary)
  • Has been released from Security Housing Unit/Psychiatric Security Unit (SHU/PSU) within the last 12 calendar months
  • Validated Security Threat Group I (STG I) pursuant to California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 15 Subsection 3378(c)

Residential Programs

Residential programs for parolees are offered throughout the state. All provide residency and support services to parolees including SUDT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, life skills, employment, education and transitional housing.

Female Offender Training and Employment Program (FOTEP)

Program Information

The Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program (FOTEP) is designed to reduce recidivism through intensive substance use disorder, family reunification, vocational training, and employment services. The program provides a smooth transition for female offenders from custody to the community focusing on intensive, gender-responsive counseling services.

In addition, there is a comprehensive case management component to assess the needs of the participants and to provide the services and programs that would most likely result in their recovery and future gainful employment. Unique to FOTEP is the ability for the women to have their children reside with them as they progress through their treatment and recovery for up to 15 months.

Locations

Community-based facilities located in the following counties:

  • Merced
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange
  • San Bernardino

Program Length

Maximum of 15 months

Eligibility / Enrollment

FOTEP services are available to female parolees (with or without minor children) under the jurisdiction of DAPO. Parolees should have an identified Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) need.

Participants do not need to have completed an In-Prison Substance Abuse Treatment Program. Enrollment requires a referral by your parole agent via CDCR Form 1502, Activity Report and all enrollments in the FOTEP requires a referral through the STOP placement office.

Parolee Services Center (PSC)

The PSC is a voluntary, residential program that provides housing, meals, support services and resources, programming, and supervision in a safe, clean, drug-free environment.  The goal of the PSC is to assist parolees with life skills training and job preparation in order to obtain and maintain self-sufficiency, employability and successful reintegration back into the community.  The program offers services that focus on parolee needs such as employment, job search and placement training, stress management, victim awareness, computer supported literacy, and life skills. Substance abuse education and a 52-week certified domestic violence program is provided to applicable parolees.

Location

PSC programs are located in the following counties:

  • Alameda
  • San Francisco
  • San Diego

Program Length

Program length is up to 180 days with the possibility of an additional 185 days, based on assessed need.

Eligibility / Enrollment

All parolees subject to the jurisdiction of DAPO are eligible for placement in the PSC. The parolee population served under the PSC includes, but not limited to:

  • Parolees on active parole who have been referred by DAPO who need employment services;
  • PC Section 290 registrants who are Jessica’s Law compliant or if the county where they are located has a Jessica’s Law Stay order;
  • Long-Term Offenders (LTOs) who had been sentenced to life terms;
  • Serious and violent offenders (e.g. PC Sections 1192.7 and 667.5).

CDCR will consider placement under the following circumstances on a case-by-case basis:

  • Parolees designated high notoriety;
  • Parolees required to register pursuant to PC Section 457.1 (Arson);
  • Parolees in custody pending local misdemeanor charges that could result in county jail time;
  • Parolees who are identified as members or affiliates of CDCR STG I;
  • Parolees classified as Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP).

Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming (STOP)

STOP contractors provide comprehensive, evidence-based programming and services to parolees in their first year of release during their transition into the community in order to support a successful reentry.

STOP services include, but are not limited to:

  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Detoxification Services
  • Assistance with Enrollment to Health Care Services
  • General Health Education Services
  • Motivational Incentives
  • Anger Management
  • Criminal Thinking
  • Life Skills Programs
  • Community and Family Reunification Services
  • Employment and Educational Services, and Referrals
  • Individual, Family, and Group Counseling
  • Faith-Based Services
  • Recovery and Reentry Housing
  • Emergency Housing Services

Locations

STOP community-based services are available in most counties throughout the state of California.  Parolees in counties lacking STOP service locations may be considered for placement in another county.

STOP is administered from six regional placement offices.

  • Campbell
  • Fresno
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego

Program Length

Services are up to 180 days, with the possibility of up to an additional 185 days, based on assessed need.

Eligibility / Enrollment

All parolees subject to the jurisdiction of DAPO are eligible to participate. Priority is given to parolees who are within their first year of release and who have demonstrated a moderate-to-high risk to re-offend, as identified by their CSRA score, and have a medium to high need, as identified by the COMPAS reentry assessment tool.

Enrollment requires a referral by the individual’s parole agent via a CDCR Form 1502, Activity Report. Parolees may self-refer to a STOP facility but the parole agent will be contacted to verify referral.

Transitional Housing Program (THP)

Long Term Offender Reentry Recovery (LTORR) Program

The LTORR Program is a residential program that provides housing, meals, support services and resources, programming, and supervision in a safe, clean, drug-free environment. The program offers services that focus on Long-Term Offenders (LTOs) needs such as employment, job search and placement training, stress management, victim awareness, computer supported literacy, and life skills. Substance abuse education and a 52-week certified domestic violence program is provided to applicable parolees. The program provides peer-driven support, assistance, and guidance to newly released LTOs to assist parolees with successful reintegration into their communities.

Locations

Transitional Housing Program (THP) services are located in the following counties:

  • Alameda
  • Fresno
  • Monterey
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego

Program Length

Up to 180 days with the possibility of an additional 185 days, based on assessed need.

Eligibility / Enrollment

All parolees subject to the jurisdiction of DAPO are eligible for placement in the THP. The participant population served under the THP includes, but not limited to:

  • LTOs granted release from prison will be given first priority;
  • Participants on active parole who have been referred by DAPO who have a need for transitional housing and/or reintegration services (acceptance on a case-by-case basis);
  • PC Section 290 registrants;
  • Serious and violent offenders (e.g. PC Sections 1192.7 and 667.5); and
  • Additional referrals deemed appropriate by DRP.
  • CDCR will consider placement under the following circumstances on a case-by-case basis:
  • Parolees designated high notoriety;
  • Parolees required to register pursuant to PC Section 457.1 (Arson);
  • Parolees in custody pending local misdemeanor charges that could result in county jail time;
  • Parolees who are identified as members or affiliates of CDCR STG I; and
  • Parolees classified as EOP.
  • Enrollment requires a referral by parolee’s parole via a CDCR Form 1502, Activity Report.

Outpatient and Drop-In Programs

Outpatient and drop-in programs for parolees provide support in employment assistance and placement, relationships, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, education, housing and vocational training.

Caltrans Parolee Work Crew Program

The Caltrans Parolee Work Crew Program provides transitional employment through litter abatement services for the Department of Transportation (Caltrans). This program is a partnership between Caltrans, CDCR, the Butte County Office of Education (BCOE), San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD), and the City of Oakland Golden State Works (GSW). The BCOE and SBCCD Day Reporting Centers (DRCs) work with DAPO.

Parolees are assessed for job readiness to legally and physically work on transitional work crews that require manual labor. Eligible parolees who have completed most of their Individual Treatment Plan are placed on a work crew for up to 90 working days. The GSW program provides life skills education, employment preparation, transitional employment, permanent job placement, appropriate case management, and employment retention services. Each parolee that completes the first five-day portion of life skills education is also placed into transitional employment on a work crew for up to 90 working days. Parolees work four days a week on the work crew; on the fifth day, focus on employment and job placement services. Job referral and retention services continue for up to 12 months.

Locations

The Caltrans Parolee Work Crew has six locations statewide. The BCOE works with four DRCs in the following counties:

BCOE works with four DRCs.

  • Fresno
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • Stockton
  • SBCCD works in San Bernardino County. 
  • GSW works through the City of Oakland in Alameda County.

Program Length

The Caltrans Parolee Work Crew Program lengths vary, up to one year.

Eligibility / Enrollment

Parolees attending a BCOE and SBCCD DRCs who have completed a job readiness assessment, and legally and physically able to work on transitional job sites may be referred for enrollment by your parole agent via CDCR Form 1502, Activity Report.

In the GSW program, parolees complete an evidence-based employment assessment to determine eligibility and must also be referred by your parole agent via a CDCR Form 1502 Activity Report. Parolees in GSW who have a history of either PC Section 457.1 (arson) or PC Section 290 (sex offense) may be excluded on a case-by-case basis.

Daily Reporting Centers / Community-Based Coalition (CBC)

Community-Based Coalition (CBCs) provides a comprehensive service delivery program designed to address the assessed needs of parolee participants in a Day Reporting Center (DRC) format. The CBCs offer an array of services designed to increase the success of at-risk parolees discharging from prison. CBCs are non-residential program with limited transitional housing available.

DRCs offer a “one-stop shop” comprehensive service delivery program designed to address the assessed needs of parolee participants. DRCs are non-residential programs with limited transitional housing available.

Services provided include:

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Batterer’s Violence Program
  • Anger Management
  • Parenting and Family Reintegration
  • Cognitive and Life Skills Training
  • Education / GED Preparation
  • Budgeting and Money Management
  • Employment Services
  • Substance Use Disorder Education
  • Criminal Thinking

Locations

CBC & DRC programs are offered by CDCR in the following counties:

  • Alameda
  • Butte (2 locations)
  • Contra Costa
  • El Dorado
  • Fresno
  • Imperial
  • Kern
  • Los Angeles (4)
  • Monterey
  • Orange
  • Placer (2 locations)
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Joaquin
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Clara
  • San Francisco
  • Shasta
  • Solano
  • Tehama
  • Yolo (2 locations)

Program Length

  • CBC Programs: Up to one year.
  • DRC Programs: Up to 180 days with the possibility of up to an additional 185 days, based on assessed need.

CBC & DRC Programs

All parolees subject to the jurisdiction of DAPO are eligible to participate. Parolees should have an identified COMPAS need. Referral by parolee’s parole agent via CDCR Form 1502, Activity Report.

Behavioral Health Reintegration Assistance / Treatment

Behavioral Health Reintegration (BHR) is a first line resource of clinical case management services designed to assist parolees with their successful reintegration back into the community.  Located in most parole offices, BHR is staffed with psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers available to address immediate mental health and/or substance use needs.  Additionally, the BHR clinicians work closely with each parolee to develop an individualized reintegration plan (IRP) designed to identify areas of need and evaluate for protective as well as restrictive variables in order to devise functional and realistic plans for successful reintegration.  BHR emphasizes linking parolees to long-term community-based services and resources that will sustain once discharged from parole supervision.   

Methods of services BHR provides include, but are not limited to, evaluation of mental illness and substance use, on-going assessment of symptom severity and intervention, medication management, brief individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, and case management support. 

BHR also provides Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT). Your parole agent can refer you to BHR for MAT services. An assessment will be conducted by a BHR clinician.  If MAT is appropriate for you, the BHR psychiatrist will prescribe an injectable MAT.  

Please note, opiate maintenance therapy (Suboxone, Methadone) is not prescribed by BHR psychiatrists.

County Behavioral Health / Medication Assisted Treatment / Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment

The Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT) Program sets forth a comprehensive plan to strengthen the Department’s behavioral interventions, and expanded MAT to all 34 adult institutions. The program focuses on the use of evidence-based substance use disorder (SUD) screening and assessments, linkages to care during incarceration (both MAT and behavioral interventions), and seeks to increase care coordination to reduce gaps in services upon release. ISUDT goals include:

  • Reducing SUD-related morbidity and mortality;
  • Creating a rehabilitative environment which improves safety for inmates and CDCR staff
  • Reducing overall recidivism
  • Successful reintegration of individuals into their community at time of release; and
  • Improving public safety, and promoting healthy families and communities.
CBI Programs

Cognitive Behavior Interventions (CBIs) are based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy. CBIs are based on the premise that how we think impacts our emotions which determines behavior. CBIs focus on changing unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes (cognitive distortions) and behaviors and improving emotional regulation, and developing healthier coping skills.

These programs’ general objectives are to:

  • Increase each inmate’s level of knowledge and skills associated with their SUD and issues contributing to their addiction.
  • Increase each inmate’s level of knowledge and skills associated with their criminal behavior.
  • Improve the inmate’s relapse and recidivism prevention strategies and skills.
  • Address criminal and distorted thinking in order to eliminate anti-social thinking.
  • Address the issues that contribute to the inmate’s SUD and criminal behavior including but not limited to: trauma, coping skills, relationship skills, emotion management and expression of emotions.
  • Support inmates receiving MAT.

The goal of CBI programming is to eliminate criminal behavior patterns and substance use, abuse, and dependency.

Individuals in need of CBI-Intensive Outpatient or CBI-Outpatient components will be participating in a two-part program model.  The first component/module has been streamlined to allow for both the participants and the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) counselors to deliver the services while improving the CBI program experience. 

All participants will be assessed by healthcare staff and referred to one of the CBI classes. The outcome of the healthcare referral for any CBI programs will result in a T-code assignment and placement into the queue for the appropriate level of service.  A participant assessed as moderate- to high-risk SUD will be assigned to one of the following SUD CBI classes:

  • Intensive Outpatient – 2 hours/day, 5 days/week for approximately 14 weeks
  • Outpatient – 2 hours/day, 3 days/week for approximately 14 weeks

All participants who screened negative for substance use or were assessed as low-risk SUD and those completing the SUD CBI will then be assigned to the following CBI class:

  • Life Skills – 2 hours/day, 3 days/week for approximately 28 weeks

Eligible Credits

Participants will receive Milestone Completion Credits (MCCs) off their sentence for every 80 hours of participation and one additional week upon successful program completion.

Eligibility Requirement

In order to be eligible, inmates must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • EPRD within 15-24 months
  • Board of Parole Hearing (BPH) within 15-24 months
  • Currently undergoing MAT
  • Identified as High-Risk for SUD
    • History of overdose
    • SUD-related hospitalization in the last 12 months
    • SUD and on Opioids for Chronic Pain
    • Pregnant with SUD
  • Identified based upon a clinically assessed need or medical referral

ISUDT also helps to ensure continuity of care and a safe handoff process into the community for those with a SUD. The Enhanced Pre-Release process starts as early as 210 days prior to release to identify the health care needs of patients and includes face-to-face meetings between CDCR/CCHCS staff and ISUDT patients so patients can be engaged in their discharge plans. 

Transition services eliminate immediate barriers and connect patients to appropriate services and support systems in their perspective communities.  It involves significant planning with multiple county and community organizations.