Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming

Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming (STOP) provides comprehensive, evidence-based programs and services to parolees in their first year of release during their transition into the community.

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
  • Sober Living and Transitional Housing***

***May be available when one or more STOP services above are provided.

STOP 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:

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

View map of the STOP Program Areas.

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

All parolees subject to the jurisdiction of the Division of Adult Parole Operations 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 reoffend, as identified by the California Static Risk Assessment, and have a medium to high need, as identified by the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions reentry assessment tool.

Enrollment requires a referral by parolee’s Agent of Record (AOR) via a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Form 1502, Activity Report. Parolees may self-refer to a STOP facility but the AOR will be contacted to verify referral.

STOP Contact Information:

(916) 327-3352