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Parental Intervention Project

San Bernardino County, CA
Program Year: 2021

In 2011, California passed Assembly Bill 109, diverting certain classifications of serious felons from state prison to local county jails, resulting in sentenced inmates serving longer terms in county jails. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD) responded to this challenge by expanding inmate programming from solely court-ordered participation at one facility to volunteer participation at all four Type II county jails.One of SBCSD’s most innovative programs – the Maternal Intervention Project - came as the result of a partnership with California State University of San Bernardino (CSUSB). That program evolved several times over the years and eventually came to be known as the Parental Intervention Project (PIP), the program nominated for this award. The current evolution of PIP, which began on July 1, 2018, provides research-based interventions for incarcerated parents with the goal of promoting overall health and assisting with successful community reentry following release.To facilitate this program, PIP collaborates with university partners as a practicum site for graduate-student interns to receive their hours of applied practice in order to complete their degrees by providing trauma-informed, research-based, psychotherapeutic interventions to individuals incarcerated in SBCSD jail facilities.During 2019, 290 inmates completed the PIP program. During 2020, and with COVID-19 impacting jail operations, 178 inmates completed the PIP program.

Olivia M Bozek