Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment that teaches inmates how to identify and change destructive thought patterns, which have a negative influence on behavior.

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

  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Anger Management
  • Criminal Thinking
  • Family Relationships


CBT is available at all CDCR institutions.

Program Length

CBT varies in length from three months to six months.


In order to be eligible, inmates must:

  • Have between six months to five years left to serve;
  • Be identified with a criminogenic need for CBT modalities; and
  • Be placed on the appropriate waiting list by the Classification Committee, based on the California Static Risk Assessment and Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions assessment.

CBT Contact Information

(916) 327-3352