NCADD has been invited by Sacramento Probation to support the work of managing parolees who are exiting the system.
We now have an office within Sac Probation where we work side-by-side with parole officers. We encourage parolees to access addiction and rehabilitation services, and provide a network of referrals for their successful integration back into society.
Educating parolees about their options is paramount to this community service. NCADD refers parolees to Wellspace Health residential and outpatient services, MADD House sober living & transitional housing, Gateway residential services for women, and Alpha Oaks residential services and sober living for women.
NCADD is also working with the Friends Outside re-entry for parolees program at High Desert Penitentiary. The process starts with an inquiry from the parolee who would like to access treatment; he or she sends a letter to NCADD expressing desire to access treatment services. Once we get approval from the parolee’s PO, the process of getting engaged in treatment can start. Asking for help is key for the successful treatment of an addiction, and many parolees know they need help getting sober before they can safely return home to family and loved ones.
Case manager Doug Hill also shares that some parolees think they can get sober on their own—even when they have been mandated to get help. Some would rather go back to jail than trust the treatment process: “Understanding what they are going through is the only way to reach them.” Doug also shares that within the legal system, we are witnessing a move away from the automatic lock up that typically occurs when a parolee fails a drug test: “Parole officers are changing their philosophy; if it’s a dirty test, but the parolee hasn’t committed another crime, many officers are saying, send him to treatment. NCADD is honored to be a part of the solution, and to work together with other community agencies.”