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Board approves hiring more help to supervise parolees

  The number of released inmates and parolees is growing in Plumas County, and more help is being added to help supervise and provide services for those individuals.

  The Board of Supervisors authorized hiring a part-time community care case manager to assist Stephanie Tanaka, the county’s alternative sentencing coordinator, who works within the district attorney’s office.

  District Attorney David Hollister is one member of the Community Corrections Partnership, which by statute also includes the sheriff, chief probation officer, public defender, alcohol and drug administrator and a Superior Court representative. Several other people work closely with this group, including the directors of mental health and social services.

  “We envisioned 10 to 12 people needing services,” Hollister told the supervisors, but he said the need is growing quickly and he expected to return before the end of the year to ask for more help.

  Hollister explained that Tanaka meets with clients in the jail, at probation and at her office in the courthouse.

  Some of the services that the clients need include substance abuse, anger management, mental health, parenting and housing.

  Many of these services need to be developed with the help of other agencies.

  In his request to the board, Hollister wrote, “Ms. Tanaka currently requires an assistant, in the form of a case manager, to take over providing direct referrals and services to defendants and recently released inmates, freeing the coordinator to continue developing programs and coordinating with many agencies in this historic undertaking.”

  The funding for the new position is provided by Drug Court Realignment and Assembly Bill 109 money. AB 109 is the state law that transfers responsibility from the state to the counties for low-level criminal offenders.

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