Offender Mentor Certification
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OMCP is a voluntary program for long-term and life-term offenders. It provides training and certification to become a Certified Offender Mentor for Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) counseling. Upon graduating from the OMCP, the Certified Offender Mentors are assigned as co-facilitators in Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUDT) programs throughout all adult institutions.

Upon completion of training and internship hours, Certified Offender Mentors can obtain a counseling certification from a certifying organization recognized by the Department of Health Care Services, which can be used to obtain employment upon release.

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  • Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF)
  • California State Prison, Solano (SOL)
  • Valley State Prison (VSP)


OMCP candidates must complete approximately one year of education and training in SUDT. Upon successfully passing the written AOD Counselor Certification examination provided through the certifying organization each mentor must complete a closely supervised 4,000-hour counseling internship in an SUDT program to be eligible for certification.


To be considered for the OMCP, each candidate must have:

  • A minimum of five years to life remaining to serve
  • No Rules Violation Report (CDCR 115) in the last 3 years
  • No Security Housing Unit terms the last 5 years
  • No conviction for PC 288 or required registration pursuant to PC 290 registration
  • No “R” Suffix
  • No felony holds
  • A High School Diploma or its equivalency
  • A minimum TABE score of 10
  • A review involving program and mental health staff if the offender is in the Mental Health Service Delivery System


Offenders must meet the eligibility criteria, complete an application packet, and participate in an interview.

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Rehabilitative programs are the best way for an offender to be prepared for success upon release. The link below explains this process with an easy-to-follow diagram

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