The County of Santa Clara
California

Agreement/Amendment
69037

Consider recommendations relating to establishing the Parolee Reentry Services Program at the Santa Clara County Reentry Resource Center in partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

Information

Department:Office of the County ExecutiveSponsors:
Category:Agreement

Multiple Recommendations

Possible action:
a. Approve Agreement with CDCR relating to providing programs and services to assist in reintroducing parolees back to their respective communities, family systems, and other positive supports in an amount not to exceed $2,581,566 for period February 25, 2014 through June 30, 2015, that has been reviewed and approved by County Counsel as to form and legality.
b. Approve Request for Appropriation Modification No. 54 - $787,674 increasing revenue and expenditure in various County department budgets. (4/5 Roll Call Vote)

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FISCAL IMPLICATIONS

There will be no impact to the General fund as a result of these recommendations.  This appropriation modification recognizes CDCR grant revenues and expenses of $787,674 for FY 2014 and $1,793,892 in FY 2015.  The new positions will cost $222,233 in the following three departments: the Office of the County Executive, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Services, and the Mental Health Department and new services and expenses will cost $565,441 in FY 2014 (March 2014 to June 2014). 

REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION

The CDCR is providing funds to the County to create a Parolee Reentry Services Program (Program) at the Santa Clara County Reentry Resource Center (RCC) to serve parolees within Santa Clara CountySpecifically, the Program will:

·        Provide a one-stop resource center where parolees will be able to access reentry services such as housing, substance abuse and mental health counseling, food assistance, clothing, and mentoring post-release;

 

·        Link individuals to the Faith Reentry Collaborative where they can connect with three faith-based resource centers for fellowship, mentorship, and community resources; and

 

·        Provide assistance to enroll for general assistance and health benefits.

 

In order to fully implement the Program and prepare service linkages for the participants, the Office of Reentry Services, in consultation with the DADS and the Mental Health Department, propose adding the following positions:

·        One (1) Program Manager II in the Office of the County Executive.  This position will primarily maintain overall administrative and contractual responsibility for the delivery of services and perform program evaluation and program coordination.

·        One (1) Health Care Program Manager II in DADS.  This position will act as the caseworker supervisor and will primarily plan, direct, coordinate, evaluate, supervise, and manage program services and caseworker staff and oversee and coordinate contractors providing services in assigned program areas.

·        Two (2) Rehabilitation Counselors in DADS.  The counselors will provide individual and group counseling to assist clients with personal, employment, educational and social adjustment problems.

·        One (1) Health Services Representative (HSR) in DADS.  The HSR will perform specialized clerical tasks such as client registration, scheduling and interviewing, telephone screening, and verifying medical insurance eligibility.

·        One (1) Mental Health Peer Support Worker in the Department of Mental Health.  The peer support worker will provide support and wellness/recovery services to the Program parolees by providing peer assistance and mentoring on a one-to-one basis.

Employee Services Agency (ESA) supports this recommendation.  CEMA and SEIU have been notified of this recommendation as well.

 

This Program offers an unparalleled opportunity for both the State and the County to foster collaboration between law enforcement agencies and direct service providers, gain insight on data systems and client outcome evaluation processes, and the opportunity for the partners at the RRC to network with CDCR on an ongoing basis.  Additionally, this Program is unique since it formalizes a relationship between the County and CDCR to establish a collaborative approach never designed in the State.  The County and CDCR will gain the efficiency to assist clients by housing staff from both agencies in one center.

 

CHILD IMPACT

The recommended action impacts the Children Living in Safe and Stable Families indicator. Continued support to help offenders reconnect with their families locally and to receive services needed to reduce recidivism will have a positive impact on children and families in the County.

SENIOR IMPACT

The recommended action positively impacts our senior community because it demonstrates the Board of Supervisors’ support of the continued efforts by the Administration to help offenders with their families locally and to receive services needed to reduce recidivism.

SUSTAINABILITY IMPLICATIONS

The recommended action will have no/neutral sustainability implications.

BACKGROUND

On June 21, 2011 the Board of Supervisors approved the cross-system Reentry Network to identify reentry and recidivism strategies, streamline processes to link inmates to effective in-custody and community-based programming, and prepare Santa Clara County for the realignment of parolees and low-level prisoners.  The enactment of AB 109, the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011, shifted state prisoners to California counties where they will serve their jail sentence. This legislative change created an opportunity for the County to modify systems and protocols to accommodate a new offender population and create new strategies while learning from the experience of the first year of AB 109 implementation.

 

One of the great challenges of newly released inmates is not being able to identify their specific needs, access services, and receive adequate case management.  The RRC has been successful in increasing community safety, decreasing recidivism and providing a cost-saving mechanism for the rehabilitation of Santa Clara County’s offender population.  This unique community-based, county-led program proposes to provide CDCR, Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP), and the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) an array of evidence-based services targeted to address the criminogenic needs of the parolees, determined by a risk assessment to be of moderate or high risk to re-offend.  Services provided will address the criminogenic needs of the participating offenders that contribute to re-offending behaviors.

 

DRP manages statewide adult inmate and parolee rehabilitative programs for CDCR.  One of the DRP’s top priorities is to provide comprehensive rehabilitative services to parolees in an effort to assist with their successful integration into their communities, homes and families.  The goals of the RRC are consistent with this priority.  CDCR strongly believes that by partnering with existing efforts at the local level, the State will be in a better position to maximize its limited criminal justice dollars and collaborate on best practices to achieve desired outcomes.  CDCR is in the position to partner on an existing program that has already achieved a number of successful outcomes.  The CDCR is funding the day reporting centers in local jurisdictions. 

 

The RCC in collaboration with the Office of the County Executive, the Department of Alcohol & Drug Services (DADS) and the Mental Health Department will administer the Program.  In addition, the program will work with the Social Services Agency and the Faith Reentry Collaborative to ensure the successful implementation of the Program

The Program will serve a minimum of 200 male and female offenders residing within the county of Santa Clara per year who have been referred by a Parole Agent.  At any given time, it is planned that the RRC will accommodate up to 75 parolees receiving intensive Program-funded services for a typical period of six to nine months, after which they may continue to receive support through RCC and its Multi-Agency Program. The Program’s caseworkers will continue to closely monitor the offenders for a period of one year.

             

At the core of the Program is a continuum of care and the collaborative efforts of the multidisciplinary partners to utilize a range of services on behalf of parolees as indicated by their specific needs and circumstances.  An emphasis will be on the seamlessness of service delivery, recognizing that parolees are likely to have difficulty coping with transitions and transitional periods of all kinds and are particularly vulnerable to re-offense during those situations.  Services include, but are not limited to:

 

·        Assessments and an initial service plan during final three to four months in custody;

·        Recovery for ex-offenders with substance use and/or co-occurring mental disorders including residential treatment;

·        Cognitive behavioral interventions, pro-social interventions, and treatment programs;

·        Anger management;

·        Transitional housing assistance in sober living environments during the treatment period;

·        Parent training and support if they have minor children;

·        Legal assistance and advocacy for child custody issues;

·        Educational and vocational training;

·        Employment, job readiness and transitional work opportunities;

·        Assistance with enrolling in public benefits; and

·        Match with a trained peer mentor;

 

These services shall be provided in an effort to assist the parolees’ successful integration into their communities upon release from prison. The goal is to reduce recidivism through effective community reintegration, thereby increasing public safety. The services will be provided at the RRC, located in the City of San Jose.  The lead agency is DADS, a County Department that closely coordinates its services with the County’s Mental Health Department.  Both the DADS and the Mental Health Department collaborate with Custody Health Services, the Social Services Agency, the Probation Department, the Office of the Sheriff/Department of Correction, and the Office of the County Executive to implement a successful Public Safety Realignment and Reentry Services Program, and are now committed to implement a new program with CDCR.

 

Recognizing the myriad of challenges parolees face upon release such as joblessness, substance abuse, lack of educational attainment, and housing, this agreement adds $473,200 in funding to support transitional housing, vocational/educational and job training programs, battery intervention and prevention services and life skills.  In addition to the services listed above a Computer Literacy Learning Center (CLLC) will be established at the RRC in collaboration between CDCR and Contra Costa County of Education (CCCOE).  The CLLC is designed to increase the literacy skills of parolees, resulting in an increase in parolee employability and parole success.  The program’s computer curriculum focuses on basic proficiency in reading, writing, and math skills.  By having the CLLC at the RRC, the County will be able to utilize a longstanding program for non-parolee participants to gain life skills training and employment competency training. 

 

It is anticipated that the Administration will return to the Board in the spring of 2014 to add three additional positions (two Rehabilitation Counselors and one Mental Health Peer Support Worker) to be funded effective July 1, 2014. 

 

CONSEQUENCES OF NEGATIVE ACTION

Failure to approve the recommended actions may impact the County’s ability to receive funding for parolees accessing County services, specifically at the RRC. 

 

STEPS FOLLOWING APPROVAL

The Clerk of the Board is requested to forward Minute Traq notification of the approval to Staci Bjerk, Employee Services Agency.

 

 

 

Meeting History

Feb 25, 2014 9:00 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Ken Yeager, Supervisor
SECONDER:Cindy Chavez, Supervisor
AYES:Mike Wasserman, Cindy Chavez, Dave Cortese, Ken Yeager, S. Joseph Simitian