About the Probation Department
The mission of the Colusa County Probation Department is to ensure the safety of our community by implementing a balanced justice model including:
- Community protection
- Development of offender competency by means of integrity, fairness, resourcefulness, professionalism, and excellence
- Offender accountability
Significant Accomplishments for Fiscal Year 2022-23:
- The Colusa County Probation Department has continued to provide both in-person and telecommunication programming, thus allowing for the facilitation of both Evidence Based Treatment (EBT) and Cognitive Based Treatment (CBT) programming services. The Department has also continued to facilitate programs to include Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), Batterers' Treatment Program (BTP), Female BTP, Spanish Speaking BTP, Thinking for Good, Staying Quit, Taking the High Road drug education program and Courage for Change Interactive Journaling. Over the 2022-2023 year, there has been 16 MRT, 23 Thinking for Good, 8 Staying Quit, 22 BTP (English speaking), 15 BTP (Spanish speaking), program participants. In March 2023, the Probation Department initiated a new Recovery and Relapse Prevention program and currently has 17 program participants. Additionally, the Department has continued to collaborate with the Behavioral Health Department with their PATH program to help address both our clientele's mental health and overall life needs. In addition, the department has developed and are in the process of implementing a new family re-unification program, 24'7 Dad, which stresses the importance of fathers being involved with their children. The Department also has continued to offer "support groups" to provide support and guidance for our clientele, which has 17 current program participants. In addition, the Department continues to increase its overall supervision of our clientele to include both office and field contacts. Over the last fiscal year, the Probation Department has conducted 589 office visits and 127 field visits.
- The Probation Department has worked with the One-Stop program to develop and expand both vocational and life skills training through the Day Reporting Center. The Department has collaborated with the County's Human Resource Department as well as Facility Services and One-Stop to provide needed job experience and training to our clientele.
- The Probation Department continues to work collaboratively with the Colusa County Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Office and the Court, to strengthen, develop and expand our Pre-Release program.
- The Probation Department has also continued to work collaboratively with Yuba and Sutter Counties on the Tri County Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility construction project which is scheduled to be completed in late June 2023.
- The Probation Department also continues to provide early intervention services for the youth of our community, working in collaboration with the Colusa County Office of Education and the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council to provide support and guidance, as needed, to the youth of our community, with the hopes of reducing their exposure to the Juvenile Justice System. The Probation Department has also continued with our Girls Circle and Boys Council programs, as well as sponsored Challenge Day events at the local school districts. The Probation Department continues to work collaboratively with the Behavioral Health Department to help provide needed services at their Bright Vista Youth program. The Probation Department is also participating, as members, in the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) and the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) for the county.
Goals & Objectives for Fiscal Year 2023-24:
- The Probation Department will continue to develop and expand EBT and CBT programming services, life skills development, as well as vocational training through the Day Reporting Center.
- The Probation Department will continue to enhance community based supervision of probationers, utilizing a balance of evidenced based rehabilitative services, combined with increased field supervision and accountability.
- The Probation Department, in collaboration with both California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the Sheriff's Office, will work to develop and enhance Re-Entry services and programming for our clientele being released from both State Prison and the County Jail.
- The Probation Department will continue to develop and expand our Pre-Trial program as well as the supervision of the Pre-Trial clientele.
- In collaboration with Yuba and Sutter counties, the Probation Department will continue to develop and enhance our Secure Youth Treatment Program (SYTF) to include community re-entry aspects.
Summary of Major Budget Changes: