Intense program significantly reduces recidivism

By Dana Simas, CDCR Public Information Officer
Recently, six female parolees at the Female Residential Multi-Service Center (FRMSC) in Sacramento graduated after making significant progress in their treatment plans.
The center is designed by CDCR to provide counseling for female parolees that targets trauma, substance abuse, and self-esteem issues. It also provides guidance about education, housing, medical and parenting issues.  Treatment and services are provided by Bridges, Inc.
The program offers a variety of gender-responsive strategies and treatment that have been shown to reduce recidivism.
FRMSC is a minimum six-month program, with an average stay of eight to ten months. Referral to the program can come through the offender’s parole agent or the Board of Prison Terms. Up to 25 women can live in the residential facility at one time.
In order to graduate, most of the women are required to attend school, a vocational program, or gain employment prior to their transition out to the community. They also have to establish a safe, stable residence.
The program offers three drug and alcohol counselors, a marriage and family therapist, family service coordinator, and a vocational developer. Through FRMSC some of the women have been able to be reunited with their children while in treatment and establish better relationships with estranged family members.
A parolee’s treatment plan is developed based on criminogenic risk and needs established by the female Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS). The COMPAS assessment is a 246-question survey based on female issues.  Eligibility for the program depends on the offender’s responses.