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Specialized probation caseloads

Probation officers are assigned smaller caseloads dedicated exclusively to people with mental illnesses in order to better monitor their supervisees’ treatment progress.

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Local Examples

San Joaquin County, CA San Joaquin County Probation Department

  • The designated probation officer works exclusively with moderate- to high-risk adults that are serving a minimum 90-day sentence, will be on probation upon release, and have co-occurring substance addiction and mental illness.
  • The probation officer works with participants to develop their reentry plans before their release.
  • The probation officer receives training in behavioral health, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and trauma-informed care.
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3 - Increase connection to treatment
4 - Reduce recidivism