Custody to Community (CTC): Mentally Ill and Medically Fragile Offenders
The “Custody to Community: Mentally Ill and Medically Fragile Offenders” was given a 2017 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.
The Adult Day Reporting Centers and the Mental Health Unit created the Custody to Community Group, which is comprised of representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, Department of Behavioral Health, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Public Health, Transitional Assistance Department, Public Defender and the District Attorney’s Office. Detention Liaison Probation Officers stationed at detention facilities triage mentally ill and medically fragile clients in each region prior to their release from custody. This collaboration served as an early warning system to get individuals the services they may need. Probation created the Custody to Community as a method to notify our team of representatives at state, local and community service organizations to prepare for the reentry of probationers released from custody.
Through the Custody to Community Group, specific release times are scheduled with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and County Jail to coordinate care for the probation client. The group providers are notified to fill prescriptions, provide medical equipment, and to secure special housing, along with medical and mental health screenings.
Click to watch the Custody to Community: Mentally Ill and Medically Fragile Offenders Program Video