By Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) staff
Southern Region Headquarters Adult Program Unit

DAPO’s Southern Region Headquarters Adult Program Unit (APU), recently held its first community partnership meeting to focus on the region’s programming efforts. It was a collaboration between APU and community partners to better provide services to reduce recidivism and address criminogenic needs of the parolee population.

This very positive and informative collaborative event emphasized the need for open dialogue among all of the various Stakeholders.

Parole Agent III Robert Lofton, Electronic Monitoring Unit-PC290 (EMU), provided a presentation regarding sex offender restrictions and housing.

Jessica Fernandez, Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP), discussed program contracts and incident reporting.

Farida Hanna, Mental Health Program Supervisor (MHPS), discussed mental health treatment and services.

Gerardo Ruiz, Community Transition Program (CTP), provided a presentation regarding the initiation of Transfer Investigation Requests (TIR), out-of-county placements and program selections.

Monica Campos, Transitional Case Management Program (TCMP), provided a presentation regarding pre-release benefit assistance, Medi-Cal, social security and veterans benefits.

Regional Parole Administrator Karen Thacker addressed the stakeholders and thanked them for working with the parolee population. Chief Deputy Regional Administrator Jason Johnson facilitated the event and spoke about the need for providing optimized services. He stressed the importance of the stakeholders developing and strengthening healthy working relationships as it leads to positive results.

Johnson also wholeheartedly expressed his confidence in the Stakeholders ability to provide the best services and level of care this population so desperately needs. This shared discussion on departmental and divisional practices, progress, future plans, and projects was a platform for building a strong foundation for healthy working relationships to collectively provide the most optimal service to the parolee population.

The response from the community stakeholders was very positive. APU received numerous email acknowledgements of thanks as the information provided was very beneficial.