EL CENTRO – Imperial County Departments led by Sheriff Raymond Loera, Chief Probation Officer Benny G. Benavidez, and Director of Behavioral Health Mr. Michael Horn in conjunction with Behavioral Interventions (BI) will be hosting an Open House to celebrate the opening of the Imperial County Day Reporting Center (DRC).
The DRC is located at 324 Applestill Road in El Centro, CA with the open house ceremony being held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. to memorialize the county’s commitment to prisoner realignment.
The county opened a Day Reporting Center to help manage additional probationers they will supervise under California’s prisoner realignment legislation, which shifted responsibility for lower level probationers to counties. As part of this legislation, called AB 109, the state provides funding to counties for the implementation of evidence-based programs.
Opening in March, 2014, the center, managed by Behavioral Interventions (BI) Incorporated, offers evidence based services to those under community supervision and will soon be offering services to individuals who are incarcerated.
The program uses Motivational Interviewing techniques and a curricula-driven, evidence-based model designed to assess the needs of each client to reduce individual risk factors.
The services are geared to help offenders succeed and reintegrate into the community. Some of the courses being offered include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Anger Management, Moral Recognition Therapy, employment readiness, and parenting skills. Treatment and training are designed to change thinking that can lead to criminal behaviors.
Visitors will get a chance to learn about the evidence-based classes, services, and activities provided at the center in an attempt to reduce criminal behavior among probationers in the program. Refreshments will be served with presentations to begin at 9:30 a.m.