Santa Clara County
The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors approved this week an agreement with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations to provide, in one place, programs and services to help reintroduce parolees back to their communities and families. The new Parolee Reentry Services Program will be funded through a $2,581,000 grant from CDCR, for the next two years.
“We’ll all be safer if these individuals are helped to stay out of trouble and successfully reintegrate into the community,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Vice Chair of the Board’s Public Safety and Justice Committee, and Chair of the County’s Reentry Network.
The partnership between CDCR and the County will strengthen already existing efforts at the County’s Reentry Resource Center, which now serves adult offenders on probation and under the County’s supervision. The Parolee Reentry Services Program will make direct referrals of parolees to the County’s one-stop resource center to help the parolees under state supervision access reentry services such as housing, substance abuse and mental health counseling, food assistance, clothing, and post-release mentoring.
The center will assist individuals who need to enroll for general assistance and health benefits. Additionally, clients may be linked to the Faith Reentry Collaborative, which connects them with faith-based resource centers for fellowship, mentorship and community resources.
“Our Re-entry program is one of the most effective models in California because it reflects the County’s core values and builds on interdepartmental collaborative efforts to provide holistic solutions to problems,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith, County of Santa Clara. “We are heartened by the State’s vote of confidence as reflected by this grant award.”
Comprehensive rehabilitation is crucial to the successful reintegration of parolees to communities, homes and families. The Reentry Resource Center, in collaboration with the Office of the County Executive, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Services (DADS), and the Mental Health Department will administer the Program, which also will be supported by the Social Services Agency and the Faith Reentry Collaborative.
“Substance Abuse treatment will be an integral part of the parolee reentry services,” said Bruce Copely, Director of the County’s Department of Alcohol and Drug Services. “We want to help individuals understand the nature of addiction and support them to make other choices so they can make better decisions.”
Each year, the program will serve a minimum of 200 male and female offenders residing within Santa Clara County, who have been referred by a Parole Agent. At any given time, the Reentry Resources Center will be able to accommodate up to 83 parolees who will receive services for six to nine months; after which they may continue to receive support through the Reentry Resource Center and its Multi-Agency Program. Caseworkers will closely monitor clients for one year.
This program will provide parolees with a variety of multidisciplinary services, which will include: assessments and initial service plans during last months in custody; substance use recovery and mental disorders treatments; legal assistance; educational and vocational training; employment and transitional job opportunities; assistance in enrolling in public benefits and matching with a trained mentor.