Lake County to End Contract with Probation Service Provider

A con­tract between the Lake County Pro­ba­tion Depart­ment and Behav­ioral Inter­ven­tion Incor­po­rated will be allowed won’t be renewed. The Lake County Board of Super­vi­sors voted 3–0 to allow it to expire on June 30th. The com­pany — based in Boul­der, Col­orado — pro­vides sub­stance abuse pro­gram­ming, men­tal health coun­sel­ing, alco­hol and drug abuse mon­i­tor­ing, as well as super­vi­sion and track­ing of offend­ers in the pro­gram. The county pays $53,000 a month, total­ing $636,000 annu­ally, for the ser­vices. The ser­vices are funded by Assem­bly Bill 109, which was passed in hopes of reduc­ing over­crowd­ing in state pris­ons. That bill relo­cates or allows inmates who qual­ify to serve their sen­tence at county jails as opposed to serv­ing their sen­tence in state pris­ons. Chief Pro­ba­tion Offi­cer Rob Howe says instead of pay­ing BI Incor­po­rated, he believes the city can take over that respon­si­bil­ity and keep the money in the county by work­ing with local providers and increas­ing pro­ba­tion staff.