Alameda County District Attorney’s Office earns national achievement award for its Certified Peer Support Specialist Program

The National Association of Counties (NACo) granted the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office a 2021 Achievement Award for its Certified Peer Support Specialist Program in the category of Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley brought the Certified Peer Support Specialist Program (CPSS) to Alameda County to alter the pattern of repeatedly jailing low-level felony offenders and monitoring them through traditional supervision by providing peer support and opportunities for growth. She created a partnership with RI International to bring excellent peer support training and national certification to Alameda County.

The CPSS program is now a proven way of breaking the destructive cycle of recidivism and incarceration among low-level felony offenders by helping them build more hopeful lives while improving public safety through reduced recidivism rates. CPSS helps train individuals who can in turn, assist justice-involved individuals in discovering meaningful second chances.

NACo President Gary Moore stated, “Over the past year, county officials and frontline employees have demonstrated bold, inspirational leadership. This year’s Achievement Award winning programs illustrate the innovative ways counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.”

The District Attorney’s Office offers individuals alternatives to incarceration and prosecution, including peer support in addition to mentoring and rehabilitative services.

NACo issues annual awards for innovative programs that stand out and can be replicated across other counties throughout the nation. The categories include children and youth, information technology, health civic engagement and more.

Posted on May 26, 2021