AB 109 Special Projects
In an effort to continuously improve the program, the Department is involved in several projects.
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI)
The Department is in the process of implementing The Carey Guides as its CBI program to be incorporated into current case planning and case management practices to address criminogenic needs (life areas) that contribute to criminal offending. Training in EBP, Effective Case Planning & Management, and the Use of the Carey Guides is underway and is scheduled to be completed by April 2018. The use of this CBI will enable staff to engage in teaching and practices skills to our clients in order to disrupt problematic thinking patterns that contribute to criminal behaviors.
Skid Row Project
In an effort to address the number of PSPs and probationers in the Skid Row area of the city of Los Angeles, the Department placed two (2) DPOs with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Station. Using the Mobile Resource Center, the two DPOs along with staff from the contracted housing provider, the Department of Mental Health, and the Department of Public Health are deployed to the Skid Row area twice a month to facilitate mobile office reporting. The goal of the project is to transition supervised persons from homelessness into permanent housing.
Gender Specific Programming
The Department has implemented the “Healing Trauma” Women’s Group, which is an Evidence-based Program that addresses the trauma experienced by many of the women re-entering the community from state prison or county jail. The program is facilitated by Department staff in small group sessions. After an initial pilot program, the Women’s Group programming is being implemented throughout the County and the Department will be determining if a comparable program can be developed and implemented for male clients who have experienced trauma.