The Public Safety Realignment Program provides webinars on a wide range of topics that are relevant to supporting the successful implementation of AB109/AB117. Webinars are designed for mental health and substance use providers and leadership in county behavioral health agencies, community-based organizations, and correctional settings.
For more information about our webinars, please contact Dr. Karen Kurasaki at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garry Herceg Director, Office of Pretrial Services for Santa Clara CountyMeghan Guevara, MPH Managing Associate, Crime and Justice Institute
WHEN: April 9, 2014
This webinar will examine what comprises robust pretrial services and discuss their beneficial role in our communities for diverting offenders suffering from mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, or co-occurring disorders from the traditional criminal justice system to treatment services.
Michael Rowe, PhD, Kimberly Guy and Chyrell Bellamy, Yale University Program for Recovery and Community Health
WHEN: February 25, 2014
Since the early 1990s, we have seen a proliferation of programs that utilize peer support services to enhance engagement and benefits from treatment services among persons with severe mental illness. In contrast, the idea of adding forensic peer staff to existing mental health agencies and programs can be met with fear and skepticism.
Steven Rosenberg, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS)Jenny Montoya-Tansey, Californians for Safety and Justice
WHEN: November 6, 2013
This webinar is designed to assist counties in understanding the opportunities to increase access to health care; especially mental health and substance use treatment, and reduce costs for justice-involved populations through health coverage enrollment. Topics that will be covered include:
Scott Gruendl, Chief Brandon Thompson, and Pedro Bobadilla, Glenn CountyVic Singh, Chief Stephanie James, and Kayce Rane, San Joaquin County
WHEN: April 18, 2013
This webinar will feature presentations from two California counties on their models for multi-systems collaboration in the implementation of the AB109 Public Safety Realignment legislation passed in 2011.
Barbara K Schwartz, PhD, Maine Department of Corrections
WHEN: February 27, 2013
This webinar will present an overview of research evidence supporting the treatability of sex offenders, approaches and standardized instruments for assessing risk, treatment planning considerations, and evidence-based approaches to treating adult sexual offenders.
Krista Gehring, PhD, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Houston-Downtown Ashley Bauman, MS, MBA, University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute
WHEN: January 17, 2013
This webinar will present an overview of women in the criminal justice system and pathways to offending among women, followed by a description of the development and research base for the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment tool or WRNA, it’s features and application for effective care planning, and a summary of available treatment approaches that are gender-responsive, including Moving On, Helping Women Recover, Beyond Trauma, Voices, Seeking Safety and others.
Michael Mitchell, LCSW, Crisis and Counseling Centers, Augusta, Maine
WHEN: September 19, 2012
Providing effective mental health treatment for justice-involved persons presents unique challenges. This webinar will provide an opportunity for meaningful discussion related to specific interventions and issues for providing effective treatment for this special population.
Tom Gorham, MFT, and David Hillary, Options Recovery Center, Berkeley, CA
WHEN: August 29, 2012
This webinar presents an evidence-based model for reentering offenders with substance abuse needs. The model uses Motivational Interviewing and addresses the complexity of service needs, including housing, employment, AOD, mental health, and the challenges of navigating between criminal justice and mental health systems to achieve success.
Fred Osher, M.D., Council of State Governments Justice Center, Keynote Speaker
WHEN: August 1, 2012
Persons with mental illness and substance use disorders are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. This webinar will provide an overview of prevalence rates of substance use disorders, drug offenses, mental illness and co-occurring disorders in jails and state prisons across the country.
Chief Mary Butler, Napa County Department of ProbationJaye Vanderhurst, Napa County Division of Mental Health
WHEN: May 12, 2012
This webinar will examine the guiding principles and innovative strategies adopted by Napa County Probation to reduce recidivism and increase successful outcomes, including evidence-based risk assessment, cognitive behavioral interventions, a day reporting center, incentives and other practices to encourage prosocial behavior, and use of consistency and proportionality in the approach to violation decision-making and response.
Karen Pank, Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC)
WHEN: May 2, 2012
Intended to improve public safety and empower local law enforcement, AB109 made fundamental changes to California’s correctional system by realigning certain responsibilities for lower level offenders, adult parolees and juvenile offenders from state to local jurisdictions.
The passage of AB 109 generated an unexpected need for treating sex offenders in the public mental health system. For public mental health agencies and their community-based partners that have not historically served this special population, this raises many unanswered questions related to what are the best approaches for assessment and treatment for persons with a past sex offense, and what organizational changes are needed to adequately serve sex offenders while maintaining the safety of other clients and staff.