• Strengths Planning for Building Recovery Capital

    For decades, addiction professionals have been providing screening and assessment instruments that evaluate problem severity, complexity, and chronicity, but offer little data on the internal and external resources individuals and families can mobilize in resolving such problems (White & Cloud, 2008).


  • Social Determinants of Health and Behavioral Health Challenges

    The behavioral health field is engaged in a movement to expand the conventional medical treatment model of care that emphasizes diagnosis and subsequent treatment to the more comprehensive and inclusive model of population health. Improving “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” (Kindig & Stoddard, 2003) is the critical focus of the population health model.


Amy  Asher

Amy Asher graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work.  She began her career with the Butte County Probation Department as a social work intern and moved up the ranks to a Probation Officer III.  She has over ten years of experience in the field of Probation and has supervised adult high risk caseloads, worked in Drug Court and Proposition 36, as well as worked in Adult Criminal Investigations.  In 2001, Amy pursued other career interests where she began her work as a social worker and educator in the field of geriatrics.  However, in 2011, she was given an opportunity to return to the field of corrections.  In response to the new Prison Realignment legislation, Amy began working for the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and assisted with the opening of their Day Reporting Center.  She helped create and run the programming component where participants attended evidence based groups and received vocational/educational services while serving their county prison terms. In 2012, Amy returned to the Butte County Probation Department where she is now responsible for the coordination of many of adult programs offered at the Butte County Probation Department.  Amy is also currently assigned to a juvenile Wraparound/Waiver caseload.   She is also a group facilitator and instructor in Strengthening Families which is offered to the families participating in the Wraparound program.