CASOMB Recommendations Report January 2010

 

Board Members

 

Nancy O’Malley

CASOMB Chair

District Attorney

Alameda County District Attorney's Office

 

Tom Tobin, Ph.D., CASOMB Vice-Chair
California Coalition on Sexual Offending
SHARPER FUTURE

 

Gerry D. Blasingame, Psy.D.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
California Coalition on Sexual Offending

 

Richard DaBell, Ph.D.

Consulting Psychologist

Department of State Hospitals

 

The Honorable Peter Espinoza
Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court

 

Janet Neeley
Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General

 

Dan Stone
Director
Division of Adult Parole Operations
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

 

Monica Nino

County Administrator

San Joaquin County

 

Jerry Powers
Chief Probation Officer
Los Angeles County

 

Jay Atkinson
Research Manager III
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

 

Lauren Rauch
Detective
Registration Enforcement & Compliance
Team Coordinator
Los Angeles Police Department

 

Gary Lieberstein
District Attorney
Napa County District Attorney's Office

 

Max Bosel
Captain
Mountain View Police Department

 

Sandra Henriquez
Executive Director
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

 

Michelle Steinberger
Supervising Deputy Probation Officer
Ventura County

 

Jack Weedin
Deputy Public Defender
Los Angeles County Public Defenders Office

 

Brenda Crowding
Parole Administrator (A)
Division of Adult Parole Operations
Board Coordinator
 

 

 

 

Certification

The California Sex Offender Management Board has developed the below-listed standards in accordance with California Penal Code Section 9003 (a), which states the following:

 

On or before July 1, 2011, the board shall develop and update standards for the certification of sex offender management professionals. All those professionals who provide sex offender management programs and risk assessments, pursuant to Section 290.09, shall be certified by the board according to these standards. The standards shall be published on the board's Internet Web site. Professionals may apply to the board for certification on or after August 1, 2011.

 

Due to persistent staff shortages and an increase in the volume of applications, the current processing time frame for applications is up to 45 days.

 

Certified Treatment Programs: Click here to find a CASOMB-certified treatment program in your area. Although programs are listed by the county where they are headquartered, many programs provide services to clients in other counties. All sex offender treatment providers and programs providing services to offenders on probation or parole must be certified by the Board. Penal Code section 290.009.

 

These documents provide details on the standards necessary for the certification of sex offender treatment programs and providers. Also included in this section are the Post-Conviction Sex Offender Polygraph Certification Standards, which should be adhered to by all polygraph examiners employed by certified sex offender treatment providers or programs.

 

 

 

To apply for certification:

 

 

A collaborative approach to sex offender management, known as the Containment Model, is mandatory in California beginning July 1, 2012.  (See Penal Code §§ 290.09, 1203.067, 3008, and 9003.)  This sex offender management program has three required components: supervising (e.g., probation or parole) officer; sex offender treatment provider; and polygraph examiner, using a victim-centered approach.  These three people are the core of the Containment Team, although other team members should participate at times (e.g., the registering law enforcement agency).

 

Communication and collaboration among the supervising officer, treatment provider, and polygraph examiner are mandatory.  The treatment provider must communicate with the supervising officer at least once a month about the offender’s progress in the program and dynamic risk assessment issues.  (PC § 290.09.)  Appropriate waivers of confidentiality must be obtained.  (See CASOMB Treatment Program Certification Requirements).  Both provider and supervising officer should document these contacts.

 

It is a primary responsibility of the supervising officer  to ensure that communication occurs with the treatment provider occurs regularly, at least once a month, and remains open to deal with issues that arise during supervision or treatment.  Probation, Parole and DMH personnel click here and Treatment providers click here to see an example of a Monthly Progress/Communication Report.

 

The treatment provider must share the dynamic and violence risk scores and information about the scoring with the supervising officer, within 30 days of scoring the tool.  (PC § 290.09.)  It is the supervising officer’s responsibility to send the score on the dynamic tool (SRA-FV) to DOJ within 5 working days of receipt.  (See Score Reporting, www.saratso.org.)  It is the treatment provider’s responsibility to score the violence tool (LSCMI) online, using the SARATSO-issued password, and the score will be automatically sent to DOJ. 

 

The Containment Team must communicate about the offender’s progress and criminogenic needs.  A treatment contract with the offender should describe the responsibility of the offender to avoid risky, aggressive or re-offending behavior and high risk situations.  The treatment contract should require the offender to self-report any such behaviors to the provider and supervising officer as soon as possible.

 

  • The treatment program, as well as the providers in that program, must be certified by the California Sex Offender Management Board.  (See CASOMB Certification, www.casomb.org.)   A list of certified programs will be posted on the CASOMB web site.
  • Polygraph examiners must meet the standards set by CASOMB.  (See Post-Conviction Sex Offender Polygraph Certification Standards, www.casomb.org.)
  • Probation and parole should have scored the offender on the Static-99R before he or she is placed on supervision, and the score should be reviewed by the provider.  It is the treatment program’s responsibility to ensure that the program uses a SARATSO-certified scorer to score the offender on the dynamic tool (SRA-FV) and violence tool (LSCMI).