Pathfinder Network Announces Parenting Program Implementation and Training Partnership with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS)


Parenting Inside Out has been implemented in 35 correctional facilities across California

PORTLAND, Ore., March 30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Pathfinder Network (TPN) announced a multi-year partnership with CDCR / CCHCS to implement Parenting Inside Out (PIO) within California prisons as part of their Integrated Treatment of Substance Use Disorder (ISUDT) program. PIO is TPN’s evidence-based parenting education program designed specifically to address the unique challenges facing the justice involved. The PIO program will be available in the 35 adult facilities of the CDCR and will support incarcerated parents preparing for their release. This includes teaching cooperation and problem solving in the context of learning parenting skills.

“The impact will be exponential,” said Richard Hines-Norwood, PIO Program Manager at TPN, who orchestrated the implementation of this partnership. “For every parent who takes PIO, I think about the life of every child, every caregiver, every family, every community that will be impacted for the better. When our children are healthier, our future is healthier.”

PIO is an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral parenting skills training program based on the Oregon Social Learning Center‘s Parent Management Training (PMT) program for parents and families and was developed in collaboration with practitioners, families, incarcerated parents, policy makers and program designers. . PIO is the only parenting program developed specifically for these incarcerated populations. PIO has been reviewed by SAMHSA and is featured on many good practice lists nationally. Results show that PIO leads to better outcomes for parents and children throughout a parent’s incarceration and beyond, such as increased parent-child contact and parental involvement, improved resilience parental and coping skills, and reduction of recidivism.

With its learner-centered and competency-based design, the PIO program provides parents with tools and practices towards a new way of navigating life, using healthy and prosocial skills to interact with their children, partners, co-parents, officials, friends and family. This program includes lessons and information on communication and problem solving, child development, structure and orientation, family relationships and connection from prison, co-parenting and reintegration. PIO has been successfully implemented in men’s and women’s prisons, county jails, treatment centers, and community programs in 38 states and internationally in Australia, Canada and Grand Cayman. It is used by the State Department of Corrections in Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Michigan, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Wisconsin and now California. As the CDCR represents the largest correctional system in the country, this implementation will be Parenting Inside Out’s largest DOC implementation.

“The ISUDT initiative not only has an impact on the correctional system, but also on state and local communities, said Brantley Choate, Director, CDCR Rehabilitation Programs Division. “Cognitive behavioral interventions are an essential part of this treatment program in helping our participants successfully learn to live with a substance use disorder. ”

Of August 2020 at January 2021, TPN conducted the first phase of a comprehensive facilitator training certification program for 175 CDCR employees. The interactive training program, designed to be conducted virtually, included two days of delivering standard interactive TPN content, while a third day of ‘teaching’ invited participants to remember and practice presenting the content. TPN training staff and their peers. Additional refresher training included content on implementation, fidelity and coaching, including interactive practice of role-play skills. In February 2021, the second phase has started and the initial facilitators will be trained to become certified PIO trainers, who will then be able to train around 800 additional staff members who will run the PIO courses throughout the state of California prisons. Additionally, TPN will train CDCR administrators on PIO best practices and how to support successful and sustainable program implementation in each institution. In order to ensure fidelity to the program’s evidence base, TPN will conduct continuous quality improvement (CQI) visits to CDCR locations. The agency will provide ongoing support and technical assistance throughout the implementation.

“It is exciting to see our team of experts and qualified trainers at the height of this momentous implementation,” said Leticia Longoria Navarro, interim executive director of TPN. “We are also proud to partner with the CDCR / CCHCS on such an important project which will have a lasting impact for years and generations to come. We admire the organization’s commitment, intentionality and vision to support those in prison and are excited for it all to come. ”

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The Pathfinder Network is a 501 (c) (3) social service agency founded in 1993 with a mission to provide individuals and families affected by the justice system with the tools and support they need to be safe and thrive in their communities. The Pathfinder Network offers cognitive-behavioral programs, parenting programs, and support services to adults in the Oregon Department of Corrections, as well as children and families in the community.

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