We provide a number of programs and services designed to help ex-offenders and criminal justice-involved persons adjust to a healthy, productive life after incarceration. You could say “we specialize in loosening the lid for you.”
Our programs and services available to ex-offenders at a reduced cost or at no cost (depending upon available funding from grants and sponsorships). We define “ex-offenders” as follows.
- Be 13 years old or older; and
- Reside in one of the Areas We Serve; and
- Be criminal justice-involved, defined as:
- formerly incarcerated (probation, parole, or PRCS not required)
- currently incarcerated, with a projected release date w/in 2 years.
- convicted and fully sentenced (cannot be pre-trial status)
Our programs and services are available to the general public on a space available, fee-based basis. Fees are established based on Fair Market Value. Priority for all programs and services is given to ex-offenders (see above).
You don’t have to be referred by a law enforcement or corrections agency (e.g., Parole, Probation, or Sheriff’s Department) or by another service provider to participate in our programs or services. We accept walk-in clients, no problem. All clients are evaluated on a first-come, first served, basis.
To enroll in one of our programs and/or receive services, you will fill out an application. and complete an intake interview. You can complete the application online.
After your application is completed, the next step is an intake interview. The initial intake interview usually takes about an hour.
What to Bring: Things you’ll want to bring to the interview include:
- Photo ID (preferably a state-issued driver’s license or ID card)
- Proof of residence (a utility bill with your home address)
- CA Benefits Identification Card (if you have one)
- Proof of Veteran status, if applicable (VA ID card, DD-214, etc.)
Introduction: When the interview starts, your intake counselor will review your application and talk to you briefly, so you can get to know each other. They may also ask some clarifying questions about your responses on the application.
It’s important to be as honest as you can when answering the questions. Remember, no one is there to judge you. The questions are simply designed to determine which programs and services you are eligible for
Assessment: Once the application is reviewed, the intake counselor will ask some more questions designed to measure the risk and need factors of each client. Basically, it helps us to estimate your risk of going back to jail and to identify where you might need to make some changes to help you stay out of jail. The tool we use for this is called the Level of Service / Case Management Inventory (or LS/CMI). The LS/CMI consists of 43 questions. The answers will help your counselor decide which programs you would benefit from, possible referrals to other services, case planning, and treatment progress. This portion of the interview takes about 30 minutes.
At the end of the intake interview, you’ll be given a paper with your intake counselor’s recommendations for programs and services, along with their cost (if any). Remember, the cost of most of our programs and services are reduced or waived for ex-offenders.