Substance abuse training and treatment program hits first benchmark

Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/PIO

Correctional Training Facility

Beginning in January, the CROP Foundation (Careering Responsible Opportunity Program) began an internship program to train long-term offenders to become state-certified substance abuse counselors at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF).

Through CROP’s Inside Solutions Program graduates from the Palo Verde College Alcohol and Drug Studies (ADS) program are given a chance to serve an internship.  To ensure that CROP’s mission coalesces with Departmental goals, Inside Solutions falls within the parameters of the California Logic Model.

On May 8, nine lead interns and 12 interns delivered a three-day Ready4Life Workshop to the next wave of ADS students.  The Cornerstone Foundation provided training, curriculum and support under the CROP’s master – level counselor program.  Warden Spearman fully supports this unique program, noting that Facility C is undergoing a cultural transformation as a direct result of this program.

As the interns get ready for the state-exam at the end of June, CROP is preparing to deliver a one-year training and treatment program as the cornerstone of Facility C programming.