The unit also works closely with our partners from the Fresno County Department of Social Services – Child Welfare Division, Adult Parole, Victim Services, and Family Court services. This Child Abuse Review Team (CART) conducts bi-monthly roundtable meetings to discuss cases relating to child abuse. DPOs assist Child Welfare Services in maintaining victim and child safety by conducting multi-agency collaborative responses in a timely manner and ensuring the consistency of services. Click on the link to review a list of the Fresno County Probation Department’s Approved Child Abuse Treatment Programs.(PDF, 528KB)
The unit also supervises defendants that have been sentenced to sex related crimes. Those sentenced to formal probation for these crimes may or may not have to register as a sex offender, pursuant to Penal Code 290. It is common for defendants on this specialized caseload to be ordered to complete a Sex Offender Treatment Program that is approved by the California Sex Offender Management Board. In order to appropriately supervise and assist these defendants on their road to rehabilitation and reintegration into the community, the Deputy Probation Officer maintains consistent communication with the defendant, coordinates with other law enforcement agencies, maintains contact with treatment providers, and utilizes the California Sex Offender Containment Model. In addition, with the assistance of evidence-based assessment tools, such as the Static-99R, STABLE-2007, and the LS/CMI, the Deputy Probation Officer can create an individualized case plan for each defendant. The primary objective when supervising the defendant is to ensure the safety of the community, assist the defendant in their rehabilitation, and ultimately reducing recidivism.
The unit has one officer who supervises a specialized case load of defendants who have been placed on probation for elder and dependent abuse related offenses. Types of abuse include neglect, physical, financial, emotional and sexual. Defendants on this case load may be ordered to attend counseling, pay Court ordered restitution and fines, and adhere to a restraining order which could be valid for up to 10 years, or as determined by the Court.
The Behavioral Health Court (BHC) is a voluntary, post-conviction program where participation is a term and condition of your probation. BHC is a client-centered and collaborative approach to supervising and assisting those with Severe Mental Illness who have significant impairment in functioning and who need additional support in order to complete probation successfully. The collaborative team includes a Probation Officer, a treatment provider, the attorney, the District Attorney, the Department of Behavioral Health and the Fresno County Superior Court and takes into consideration the unique needs of a mental health condition. The BHC client will work together with their treatment team to develop a treatment plan, which may include medication services, therapy, counseling, 24/7 crisis intervention, drug and alcohol counseling, and more. Supervision is based on an acuity of needs, often requiring weekly contact by phone, in the office, or in the field. The program is a minimum of 18 months and upon successful completion, felony charges may be reduced to a misdemeanor and/or charges may be dismissed. The goal of BHC is to improve the quality of life for those with a mental illness by providing access to public mental health and community resources, and to enhance the collaboration between criminal justice agencies and the mental health system to better serve those with mental illness.