Article 5. Substance Abuse Treatment of California Penal Code >> Title 1. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 4. >> Article 5.
(a) The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall
expand substance abuse treatment services in prisons to accommodate
at least 4,000 additional inmates who have histories of substance
abuse. In determining the prisons in which these additional treatment
services will be located, the department may consider efficiency and
efficacy of treatment, availability of staff resources, availability
of physical space, and availability of additional resources in
surrounding communities to supplement the treatment. In addition, the
department shall expand followup treatment services in the community
in order to ensure that offenders who participate in substance abuse
treatment while incarcerated in prison shall receive necessary
followup treatment while on parole.
(b) (1) Notwithstanding any other law, unless there is a security
or safety reason not to do so, a substance abuse treatment program
funded by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and
offered in a facility under the jurisdiction of the department
pursuant to this section shall include a peer counseling component
allowing prisoners to receive the necessary training within those
facilities to become certified addiction counselors, including
necessary course work and clinical hours.
(2) If the department determines that a peer counseling component
shall not be included as part of a substance abuse treatment program
offered in a facility under the department's jurisdiction, the
department shall notify in writing on January 10, 2015, and January
10, 2016, the Assembly and Senate Committees on Budget and the
relevant Assembly and Senate policy committees at the time the
determination is made. The report shall include the reason for the
determination and a description of the substance abuse treatment
program being provided.
(3) For purposes of this section, "peer counseling" means
counseling offered by a person sharing similar life experiences who
provides advice and assistance to another individual with the
intended outcome of overcoming addiction-related challenges.