Return of Family Liaison Services in the State Prisons!

Great news, everyone! Family Liaison Services, formerly known as the Case Management Program, has returned!

Family Liaison Services Specialists(FLSS) will provide the following services in 16 California State Prisons:

Pre-Release Planning: FLSS work with those incarcerated to create a release plan which addresses needs such as employment, health care, housing, education, and other community connections.

Communication with Support Systems: Research shows that strong support systems and a stable relationship with family and friends reduces the likelyhood that a person will re-offend. FLSS facilitate communications with family and friends to help strengthen bonds and plan for a return to the community.

Parenting Classes: Incarcerated parents and others who are in a parent or caregiver role learn child development, health and safety, nutrition, and techniques of parent-child communication. Participants are shown ways to provide positive guidance discipline that encourages good behavior in place of punishment. Family relationship skills are taught and practiced.

Anger Management Classes: Anger Management Skills Training is based upon the evidence-based Anderson and Anderson model of anger management, the world’s most effective and widely recognized anger management curriculum.  The program focuses on enhanced emotional intelligence and assertive communication while introducing behavioral strategies to identify and manage anger and stress.

Creative Conflict Resolution: Following the successful Alternatives to Violence Quaker model, CCR is a strength-based, intensive, interactive group experience which addresses the special treatment needs of people with anger issues.

Resource and Referral: FLSS refer families to social supports within their communities to cope with and manage a variety of emergencies.

Also, we want to welcome Erika Stroh, Southern Regional Director for the FLS program. Erika was a Case Manager for two years previously for Friends Outside. She is very excited to be back!

Look for services to begin soon at High Desert State Prison, California Correctional Center, Pelican Bay State Prison, California Men’s Colony, California Training Facility, Salinas Valley State Prison, San Quentin, Lancaster, Centinela, California Institution for Men, California Institution for Women, California Rehabilitation Center, Chuckawalla Valley, Ironwood, RJ Donovan, and Calpatria!