Cognitive Behavioral Interventions

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (CBI) is an evidence-based treatment which helps Incarcerated individuals understand the thoughts and feelings which influence behaviors. CBI is focused on helping incarcerated individuals deal with a specific problem as identified by an assessment. During the course of treatment, incarcerated individuals learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns which have a negative influence on behavior. CBI is an overarching entity with pathways to treatment inclusive of the Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT) and Life Skills programs managed under the authority of the Division of Rehabilitative Programs.

Incarcerated individuals are placed into one of three program types based upon their clinical assessed need or medical referral: CBI-Intensive Outpatient, CBI-Outpatient, or CBI-Life skills.

CBI curriculum focuses on a goal-oriented treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem solving that transforms thinking patterns and behaviors. CBI modalities are offered in the following areas:

  • Treatment Readiness
  • Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
  • Anger Management
  • Victim Impact
  • Criminal Thinking
  • Parenting


Available at all CDCR institutions.

Program Length

Varies based on the incarcerated individuals assessed need and level of care:

  • CBI – Outpatient (ISO): 3 days a week, 2 hours per day for approximately 14 weeks
  • CBI – Life Skills (CBI 2): 3 days a week, 2 hours per day for approximately 28 weeks


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

  • Earliest Possible Release Date (EPRD) within 15-24 months
  • Board of Parole Hearing (BPH) within 15-24 months
  • Currently undergoing MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)
  • 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

Contact Information

(916) 324-7029