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Health and Programming Unit

The new Ventura County Todd Road Jail Health and Programming Unit (HPU) was built on a site adjacent to the existing Ventura County Todd Road Jail facility. The 64-bed expansion offers a more holistic approach to treatment for those inmate-patients with medical/mental health needs. The primary focus is treatment in a therapeutic health care environment with a custody overlay. 

Security staff will be present to ensure safety of staff and inmate patients and will work in partnership with Medical and Mental health care staff providing treatment and services at the housing unit. Increased program space is provided to allow treatment staff to implement programs for the specific needs of medical/mental health inmate-patients with a continuum of care not only within the facility but through release. The expansion of programming space will allow the County to provide more evidence-based programs and cognitive behavioral therapy to the medical/mental health population in a physical layout that is secure and safe for both staff and inmates. The goal is to reduce recidivism by providing the best possible evidence-based programs and treatment that will allow inmate-patients to flourish once they re-enter the community. Features that support evidence-based programs include Increased views to nature, Smaller Unit sizes to maximize classification flexibility and treatment.  Increased opportunity for out of cell time.  Treatment spaces on the unit.  Decentralized Mental Health Staff located on unit.  Custody/Mental Health Staff partnering in treatment. Residential environment.  Reduced noise level- Improved acoustics.  Daylight.  Fresh Air. 

VENTURA COUNTY INITIATIVES: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office partners with members of Behavior Health, Human Services Agency, and the courts to identify community-based options for offenders with special mental health or medical needs who are close to reentry to the community. Expanding the jail system’s medical/mental health treatment and programming capacity will allow greater participation for this population, as well as allow the County to treat and serve more inmate patients.