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Community Corrections is switching providers for its transitional homes and mentoring services for individuals with criminal charges.

At a Tuesday morning meeting, Community Corrections Director Aaron Hartman recommended commissioners accept a bid from Klamath Basin Behavior Health to run three transitional homes and mentor people under correctional supervision. These services were formerly provided by local non-profit Above All Influences — which also submitted a provider bid — for about four years.

Commissioners accepted KBBH’s $400,000 transitional housing bid, along with its $120,000 mentor program bid and $120,000 domestic violence intervention program bid. Batterer intervention services, often a sentencing requirement for people convicted of domestic violence-related crimes, were formerly provided in-house by Community Corrections.

KBBH has a separate $120,000 Community Corrections contract to run sex offender intervention services.

Why change?

Hartman told the Herald and News the change in service providers from AAI to KBBH was based on the department’s understanding that KBBH would be able to provide more resources and mental health connections to program participants than AAI.

He said the locations of the three transitional homes, which house around 50 people, would stay the same as they are all county-owned properties.

“They are able to provide a level of treatment that the previous provider could not, and they’re willing to do that on some of our properties,” Hartman said.

Hartman said KBBH would continue to provide in-home supervision, counseling and mental health treatment to program participants. He did not know if KBBH would hire on any AAI mentoring or support staff.

Hartman said residents would be alerted to the change in providers Tuesday. He said they were not consulted about the decision to switch from AAI.

“We don’t take our oversight of those transitional homes lightly,” Hartman said. “We will do everything we can to make sure that the transition goes smoothly with a minimum of the same care they currently have.”

KBBH Director Stan Gilbert and representatives from AAI could not be reached for comment by press time.