CMF Warden Robert W. Fox congratulates the graduates.

By Lt. Megan Cherinka, AA/PIO
California Medical Facility

On June 9, California Medical Facility (CMF) held the first graduation ceremonies for the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) program.  There were two ceremonies. The first featured 29 participants who completed the 90-day Criminal Thinking and Anger Management components. The second included 32 participants completing the 150-day Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUDT) Program.

The graduation acknowledged the achievements of the participants with music from the CMF in-house band, speeches from Warden Robert W. Fox, Correctional Counselor III Derek Minnatee and Center Point Program Director Stephen Grilley.

The CBT program is a collaborative effort between CMF, the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) and Center Point, Inc., a non-profit organization responsible for the delivery of CBT programs. Using a therapeutic community approach, evidence-based curricula, and interventions, the CBT program seeks to teach and support participants by developing alternative solutions. The program’s components assist in preparing participants for release by developing the knowledge and skills needed to successfully integrate back into the community, thus attempting to reduce recidivism. Groups provided through CBT include Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUDT), Criminal Thinking, Anger Management and Family Relationships.

Correctional Counselor III Derek Minnatee speaks to the graduates.


Center Point, Inc., Program Director Stephen Grilley speaks during one of the ceremonies.