Offender Mentor Certification Program

The Offender Mentor Certification Program (OMCP) is a voluntary program for long-term and life-term incarcerated individuals. This program provides them with the training and education needed to become Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselors. Upon graduating from the OMCP, these OMCP mentors are assigned and paid as co-facilitators in Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (CBI) programs throughout all adult institutions. OMCP mentors provide guidance and peer-to-peer support to incarcerated individuals assigned to a CBI program.

At the completion of training and required internship hours, OMCP mentors can earn milestone credit, educational merit credit, and obtain an AOD Certification from a certifying organization recognized by the Department of Health Care Services. This certification can be used to obtain employment upon release, thereby facilitating the incarcerated individuals successful transition into the community.


  • California Correctional Institution (CCI)
  • California Men’s Colony (CMC)
  • California State Prison, Corcoran (COR)
  • California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC)
  • California State Prison, Solano (SOL)
  • Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF)
  • Valley State Prison (VSP)

Program Length

OMCP varies in length. Each incarcerated individual candidate must complete approximately one year of education in Substance Use Disorder Treatment, pass the AOD exam, and participate in supervised internship hours.


In order to be eligible, incarcerated individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Indeterminately sentenced or have five years or more left to serve;
  • No Rules Violation Report (RVR) within the last 36 months (with case-by-case review for an RVR within the last 12 to 36 months);
  • No Security Housing Unit (SHU) terms within the last 36 months (with case-by-case review for SHU terms within the last 36 to 60 months);
  • Have a minimum Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) score of 9.0 or above;
  • Have a case-by-case review for PC 288 or required registration pursuant to PC 290 registration;
  • Have a case-by-case review for “R” suffix and felony holds; and
  • Have a case-by-case review for validated STG-I and STG-II member or associate.

To apply to the OMCP, incarcerated individuals must complete and submit an application packet to their institution Correctional Counselor (CC) I or DRP CC III and participate in an interview process.

Contact Information

(916) 324-7029