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Prop 47

The fundamental philosophy of Prop. 47 is that many individuals with these types of charges have underlying alcohol and other drug (AOD) or mental health issues that are better addressed in the community than in the justice system. This project serves adults who have been cited, arrested, booked into jail, and/or charged or convicted of a misdemeanor offense (i.e., either a Prop. 47 eligible or a quality of life offense). The needs of this population are at the root of criminal behavior, contributing to a “revolving door” of engagement with the criminal justice system (e.g., substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, lack of job skills, lack of stable housing).

Over the course of the three-year grant period, this project will employ an evidence-based approach to connect individuals in the misdemeanor system to comprehensive substance use disorder treatment, housing (when needed) and a range of supportive services. The core project activities are based on best practices, including assessment-based treatment planning and placement, housing support, employment resources, and holistic supportive services to meet the individual’s diverse needs.

Project Manager

Dr. Cynthia Burke, Director, Research and Program Management
Phone: (619) 699-1910, Email:

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