In June, the Division of Adult Institutions, Office of Policy Standardization, hosted a week-long training for the Community Resources Managers (CRMs) from across the state.
The 35 CRMs are responsible for developing inmate programs, overseeing religious and faith services and staff, and promoting open communication with community leaders, community organizations, and volunteers in their respective institution. This opportunity gave them a chance to meet their peers, strategize in the areas of regional networking development, as well as discuss issues for novice and veteran CRMs.
Training included increasing community outreach, developing and implementing programs, and administrative management; as well as receiving lectures on American Correctional Association standards, grant opportunities, organizational skills, and stress management.
Keynote speakers Undersecretary Scott Kernan and Deputy Director Kathleen Allison addressed the managers on the value of rehabilitative programming for inmates.
Various department subject matter experts representing Office of Labor Relations, Office of Legal Affairs, Budgets Management Branch, Office of Personnel Services, Accounting Services Branch, Office of Appeals, Office of Public and Employee Communication, EIS Strategic Offender Management Systems, Regulation and Policy Management Branch and Office of Appeals, all provided valuable insight.
CRMs were also afforded resources and materials provided by Chief Services Officer Karen Baker, from California Volunteers, and Reentry Specialists from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and California Department of Veterans Affairs.