CertificationThe 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.