Probation Report and Resource Center
Enhancing Success by Promoting Personal Responsibility
The PRRC is a day report and resource program for adult offenders in Santa Barbara County. There are two Centers, the North County PRRC in Santa Maria and the South County PRRC in Santa Barbara. The Center is used as an early release alternative for traditional and post sentence probationers, in lieu of jail for traditional and post sentence probation violations and as a referral source for all adult clients under the supervision of the Department. Clients referred to the PRRC will receive evidence-based programming, life skills training to promote and support success in the community, early release monitoring and reentry services as they transition from the custodial environment to the community. PRRC programming focuses on, but is not limited to, cognitive behavioral interventions, employment development, and substance abuse intervention and referral.
Clients are assessed utilizing a validated risk and needs assessment instrument, the results of which, in conjunction with the client's probation terms and conditions, are considered in developing a case plan tailored to the client. As determined by the case plan and risk, offenders attend the PRRC up to five days per week.
The PRRC program philosophy is the philosophy of 'I Am'. The philosophy of 'I Am' challenges clients to look at the bigger picture of who they are and what defines them as people. Once clients begin to see themselves in a more positive light, they begin to find hope. The programs offered at the PRRCs assist in drawing out the human potential in each of individual, while providing training to re-enforce their life skills. The following curriculum is offered at the PRRC:
Reasoning and Rehabilitation
The aim of this cognitive behavioral treatment is to change the criminogenic thinking of offenders. Cognitive skills are taught to enable offenders to react more appropriately to situations that trigger their criminal behavior. It was developed to teach offenders the following cognitive and behavioral skills: social skills, lateral thinking, critical thinking, values education, assertiveness training, negotiation skills, interpersonal training and social perspective.
Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC)
Recovery Point facilitates ROSC groups at the PRRC. ROSC is a secular, peer-driven support group similar to a 12-Step program for those offenders with substance abuse issues. ROSC groups are offered in both Centers. Check with the staff for current days and times of the groups. Walk-ins are welcome; however, a referral by the supervision probation officer is encouraged to facilitate the monitoring of attendance.
PRRC provides educational assistance. Specific time slots are designated to assist clients with the process of earning their GED or high school diploma, or enrolling in college. This time is also designated to assist with completing any other documents in the areas of education and/or financial assistance. Application forms such as SSI, California driver's license applications and/or California ID applications are available, along with assistance in completing them. In Santa Maria information and referrals to the Center for Employment Training (CET) are provided and support is offered between program personnel to promote the success of mutual clients attending the PRRC and CET.
Tutoring (Santa Barbara PRRC)
PRRC provides an additional component to the educational assistance referenced above, which is the Tutoring program. Tutoring provides training for clients who need help with ESL reading and writing, basic and advanced scholastic skill needs, computer training and development and additional resume refinement. Students are assessed by certified teaching personnel who determine the student's skill level and need. Once assessed, the student will be paired with a teacher specializing in the needed educational component.
Resources for Change: A Complete Re-Entry Program
The Resources For Change Re-Entry program focuses on the recovery and success of clients who have been habitual offenders. Resources for Change addresses the difficulties of clients prior to and at the time of their release, helping them to formulate a plan of success. The course also sets up a plan to maintain recovery and avoid relapse. The course consist of 20 two - three hour sessions over a five week period focusing on successful individual plans for transition back into the community, tools needed to accomplish the plan, and available resources. The course is divided into four (4) components: 1. Recovery; 2. Where to live for a new way of life; 3. Getting ready to work; and 4. Working.
Work and Gain Self Sufficiency (WAGE$$)
The Work and Gain Economic $elf $ufficiency (WAGE$$) program is designed for unemployed or underemployed clients who will learn interviewing skills, resume writing, job search techniques and budgeting. WAGE$$ focuses on seeking work with a felony conviction. The class is provided in increments of three hours for a period of three days. Clients practice their interview skills in a class setting and receive constructive input from the facilitator and other participants. Following the completion of the class, clients are scheduled to participate in job searches within their communities.
First Aid CPR Certification
Clients will have the opportunity to become certified in First Aid/CPR. By providing this valuable training clients will possess a useful skill they will be able to list on their resume that will enhance their employability that they use in their everyday lives.
PRRC provides drop-in time slots for employment assistance. This time is specifically designated to assist clients with the process of finding employment. Clients may utilize the computer lab to do job searches or to complete on-line job applications. They may use the PRRC to check posted job classified ads, review on-line job sites and speak with PRRC staff about potential leads.
Additionally, staff are available to assist with completing any necessary paperwork, employment forms, job applications and resumes. Clients may receive additional assistance with interviewing techniques. Application forms such as SSI, CA driver's license applications and/or California ID applications are available, along with assistance in completing them. Clothing is available for clients in need of proper job search attire.
The Parenting Wisely program uses a risk-focused approach to reduce family conflict and child behavior problems, defiance of authority, and bullying. The highly interactive and non-judgmental format accelerates learning and parents use the new skills immediately. The Parenting Wisely program, reduces children's aggressive and disruptive behaviors, improves parenting skills, enhances communication, develops mutual support and increases parental supervision and appropriate discipline of their children. A highly versatile program, Parenting Wisely can be used alone, in a group, or with a practitioner. Semi-literate parents can use the program as portions are printed at fifth grade level.
Sheriff's Treatment Program (STP)
The STP is both a custodial and now outpatient substance abuse treatment program facilitated by credentialed drug and alcohol counselors at the PRRCs. The emphasis of the program is group sessions to individuals recovering from addiction and facilitating their successful transition back into society without the recidivism cycle hindering their success.
Additional Resources Provided by the PRRC
The PRRC has created a clothing inventory to provide Job Search clothing for clients in need of appropriate clothing to look for employment. Haircuts or styling by professional stylist for male and female clients are available. For families in need of food, the PRRC has several resources where clients can be referred.
In addition to the services provide at PRRC, the program collaborates with community agencies to enhance resource and service options for probationers. By using existing community services, the PRRC personnel are not unnecessarily duplicate services, but instead makes contact with the service provider and redirects clients as assessed appropriate.