(a) The Secretary of the Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation shall establish the Case Management Reentry Pilot
Program for offenders under the jurisdiction of the department who
have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment under Section 1170 and
are likely to benefit from a case management reentry strategy
designed to address homelessness, joblessness, mental disorders, and
developmental disabilities among offenders transitioning from prison
into the community. The purpose of the pilot program is to implement
promising and evidence-based practices and strategies that promote
improved public safety outcomes for offenders reentering society
after serving a term in state prison and while released to parole.
(b) The program shall be initiated in at least three counties over
three years, supported by department employees focusing primarily on
case management services for eligible parolees selected for the
pilot program. Department employees shall be experienced or trained
to work as social workers with a parole population. Selection of a
parolee for participation in the pilot program does not guarantee the
availability of services.
(c) Case management social workers shall assist offenders on
parole who are assigned to the program in managing basic needs,
including housing, job training and placement, medical and mental
health care, and any additional programming or responsibilities
attendant to the terms of the offender's reentry requirements. Case
management social workers also shall work closely with offenders to
prepare, monitor, revise, and fulfill individualized offender reentry
plans consistent with this section during the term of the program.
(d) Individualized offender reentry plans shall focus on
connecting offenders to services for which the offender is eligible
under existing federal, state, and local rules.
(e) Case management services shall be prioritized for offenders
identified as potentially benefiting from assistance with the
(1) Food, including the immediate need and long-term planning for
(2) Clothing, including the immediate need to obtain appropriate
(3) Shelter, including obtaining housing consistent with the goals
of the most independent, least restrictive and potentially durable
housing in the local community and that are feasible for the
circumstances of each reentering offender.
(4) Benefits, including, but not limited to, the California Work
Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program, general assistance,
benefits administered by the federal Social Security Administration,
Medi-Cal, and veterans benefits.
(5) Health services, including assisting parolee clients with
accessing community mental health, medical, and dental treatment.
(6) Substance abuse services, including assisting parolee clients
with obtaining community substance abuse treatment or related 12-step
program information and locations.
(7) Income, including developing and implementing a feasible plan
to obtain an income and employment reflecting the highest level of
work appropriate for a reentering offender's abilities and
(8) Identification cards, including assisting reentering offenders
with obtaining state identification cards.
(9) Life skills, including assisting with the development of
skills concerning money management, job interviewing, resume writing,
and activities of daily living.
(10) Activities, including working with reentering offenders in
choosing and engaging in suitable and productive activities.
(11) Support systems, including working with reentering offenders
on developing a support system, which may consist of prosocial
friends, family, and community groups and activities, such as
religious activities, recovery groups, and other social events.
(12) Academic and vocational programs, including assisting
reentering offenders in developing and implementing a realistic plan
to achieve an academic education, or vocational training, or both.
(13) Discharge planning, including developing postparole plans to
sustain parolees' achievements and goals to insure long-term
(f) The department shall contract for an evaluation of the pilot
program that will assess its effectiveness in reducing recidivism
among offenders transitioning from prison into the community.
(g) The department shall submit a final report of the findings
from its evaluation of the pilot program to the Legislature and the
Governor no later than July 31, 2017.
(h) Implementation of this article is contingent on the
availability of funds and the pilot program may be limited in scope
or duration based on the availability of funds.