New integrated substance abuse treatment program launched by CALPIA and CDCR

WestCare Counselor David Plumb talks with Randy Gloss during a Substance Abuse Treatment Session

WestCare Counselor David Plumb talks with Randy Gloss during a Substance Abuse Treatment session.

By Michele Kane, Chief of External Affairs
California Prison Industry Authority

Randy Gloss works in the license plate factory for the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) at Folsom State Prison and is grateful about a new opportunity given to him.

Gloss is among 12 offenders participating in a new integrated program through CALPIA and CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) to provide Substance Abuse Treatment (SAT).

“This program gives me the best of both worlds,” said Gloss.  “I am the lead man in license plates and work at my job in the morning, and in the afternoon I get to take Substance Abuse Treatment and learn how to deal with my addiction.”

The new SAT program is offered at Folsom State Prison and allows offenders who work in a CALPIA factory to participate at their work site.

“The SAT program increases an offender’s ability to successfully reintegrate into the community,” said Brant Choate, Acting Director of DRP.  “By providing offenders job skills and substance abuse treatment within a work day, we are stacking the deck so they can be successful when they leave prison.”

The offenders started the program this month and will spend their morning at their CALPIA job and then for six-months attend substance abuse treatment and counseling.  Sessions include, one-on-one time with a counselor as well as group therapy participation.

CALPIA re-purposed existing factory space that is being used to provide SAT for offenders who meet eligibility requirements, including having 6-24 months remaining on their sentence.

The SAT program is managed by WestCare, an evidence-based program that promotes positive social behavior and prepares offenders for release by developing the knowledge and skills necessary to avoid substance abuse relapse.

The SAT program is designed for offenders who demonstrate the willingness to participate and for offenders who have been referred to the program based upon past substance abuse or possession infractions.

All participants who complete the program will be partnered with a transitional counselor to plan for after-incarceration to continue their treatment.

“This program is definitely a benefit,” adds Gloss. “It helps me understand life’s problems without being negative and confrontational and to find positive resolutions.”

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3 Responses

  1. Virginia Tolento, CATC, CSC Tuesday, March 1, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Drug treatment studies for in-prison populations find that when programs are well-designed, carefully implemented, and utilize effective practices they:
    •reduce relapse
    •reduce criminality
    •reduce recidivism
    •reduce inmate misconduct
    •increase the level of the offender’s stake in societal norms
    •increase levels of education and employment upon return to the community
    •improve health and mental health symptoms and conditions
    •improve relationships

    Collectively, these outcomes represent enormous safety and economic benefits to the public.

  2. group facilitator Friday, February 26, 2016 / 10:42 am

    Inmates who want to learn and improve their outlook and themselves are an inspiration to work with. One of the greatest rewards is to have an inmate say “…you said (something) in group and it changed my life… so, I started working on myself, you know my issues…” seeing an actual change in their behavior, from a negative outlook to have a positive outlook is truly inspirational.

  3. geter.kawatha@cdcr.ca.gov Tuesday, February 23, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    Way to go CDCR. One of the many, many way that CDCR is reaching many offenders, by finding programs that work. Keep up the good work for a better cause.
    We can’t wait until what’s next!

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