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CCARTA Training Staff


Igor Koutsenok, M.D.Igor Koutsenok, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry
University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Center for Criminality & Addiction Research, Training & Application
Director, International Addiction Technology Transfer Center - Ukraine
Co-Director, International Addiction Technology Transfer Center - South East Asia

Dr. Igor Koutsenok is а Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Director of the Center for Addiction Research, Training and Application, Director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR International Addiction Technology Transfer Center-Ukraine, and a co-director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR South East Asia Addiction Technology Transfer Center. He is also a Vice-President of the International Consortium of Universities on Drug Demand Reduction. In 1983 he graduated as a medical doctor from the National Medical University in Kiev, (Ukraine). In 1986, he completed his psychiatry residency training and received degree as psychiatrist from the Medical University in Sofia (Bulgaria). In 1993-1996 he received a degree in addiction psychiatry at the University of London, Department of Addictive Behavior and Psychological Medicine at St. Georges Hospital Medical School. In 1996, he was recruited by the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and since then he serves as faculty member of the Department. In 2013-2016 he served as Chief of Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Office in Vienna. Over the last 25 years Dr. Koutsenok led the design and implementation of multiple training and technical assistance programs for addiction treatment, mental health practitioners, primary health care and social work practitioners, criminal justice professionals in the United States and around the world. Dr. Koutsenok is also a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). For many years, Dr. Koutsenok teaches general and addiction psychiatry to medical students, psychiatry residents, psychology trainees, social workers, criminal justice professionals, and policy makers around the world. He is a recipient of numerous national and international awards. He has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific publications, one monograph, and contributed to 4 book. Dr. Koutsenok has been invited as a presenter and trainer to hundreds of conferences and workshops in the USA and more than 40 countries around the world. He is a proud father of three.


David Deitch, Ph.D.

David Deitch, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor

University of California, San Diego, Department Psychiatry Dr. Deitch is currently Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego and was the founding Director of the Center for Criminality & Addiction, Research, Training, and Application (CCARTA). He is still actively directing the Center. Dr. Deitch has over 45 years of experience in the development of substance use treatment systems for adolescents and adults, nationally and internationally. In the nonprofit public health sector, he was Co-Founder of Daytop Village, Inc., and also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Phoenix House Foundation. In the academic sector, he has had appointments at Temple University, the University of Chicago, University of California at San Francisco (where he served as Chief of Substance Abuse Services). In the government sector he has served as Coordinator of Curriculum and Faculty for the United Nations East Central European Drug Abuse Treatment Training Project; has consulted to a variety of Departments of Corrections and Ministeries of Justice and Health, in Latin America, South East Asia and Europe. Dr. Deitch served during the Johnson Administration as consultant to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Crime and Juvenile Delinquency, and the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. During the Carter Administration, he chaired the White House Task Force on Prevention. He chaired the Curriculum Development Committee of the National Addiction Technology Transfer Centers, Technical Assistance Publication Series 21 - The Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice, used today as a guideline for corrections and community based substance abuse treatment organizations. He further served as Regional Director of the Executive Committee of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse - Mentor Project (2000) and in 2005 was granted a Fulbright Scholars award. He has co-edited four books on social issues, crime and delinquency and written numerous publications, chapters and videos in the field of drug misuse, treatment, prevention, and social policy.


Norman Jackson, M.S.

Norman Jackson, Ph.D., M.S.

Program Manager

Dr. Jackson has been working with UCSD CCARTA since 2006. He provides training, coordination and the development of substance abuse and criminal justice educational curricula. He is a lecturer at San Diego State University, School of Social Work and completed his Ph.D. in health psychology. He previously worked for the Information & Education Section of the California Department of Health Services Immunization Branch as an Educational Specialist II, and Supervising Communicable Disease Investigator for the County of San Diego, Community Epidemiology Unit. He participates with local volunteer rehabilitation efforts providing expungement relief referrals to those who were previously incarcerated so they may obtain gainful employment. He was awarded an academic fellowship from the Andrus Foundation and holds a Master's of Science degree from San Diego State University in the College of Health and Human Services. He has over twenty-five years of health promotion and education work experience in the non-profit and government sectors. He is committed to working to decrease the health disparities in populations of color, historically disadvantaged populations, and the aged.



Helena Serrano

helena-headshot-new.jpegHelena Serrano graduated from California State University, Fullerton, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minored in Child and Adolescent Development. She has worked with UCSD CCARTA since 2022 as the Administrative Assistant and Fiscal Project Manager. Her role includes supporting consultants and staff travel in providing materials used during the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) cross-training. She volunteered at the 51st Summer Clinical Institute at UCSD, which promotes new strategies and practices for individuals performing services to those dealing with substance abuse.  


image001.pngArnel Bona

Arnel Bona is a retired Correctional Captain with the CA Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) for 27 years.  He served in several custody job classifications to include Correctional Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, before retiring as a Captain with the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP).  He worked at the CA Correctional Institution, San Quentin State Prison, Salinas Valley State Prison (special assignment), Deuel Vocational Institution, Mule Creek State Prison, as well as various headquarters assignments including the Basic Correctional Officer Academy, Office of Correctional Safety and the Division of Adult Institutions.  Some of his unique assignments include Drill Instructor for the Alternative Sentencing Program, Tactical Leader for the Crisis Response Team (CRT), Public Information Officer (PIO), Mental Health Compliance Team, and DRP Regional Captain.  He was instrumental in the planning phase of the Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment in 2019-2020.  “One of my key objectives for supporting Cross Training is to enhance dialogue and collaboration between custody staff & supervisors, cognitive behavioral intervention treatment providers, CDCR health care providers (medical and mental health), and the prison’s administrative management team in accomplishing the vision, mission, and goals of CDCR as set forth in the 2019 CDCR Mission Statement.”  He is also a retired Military Police E8/First Sergeant who served a total of 21 years in the US Air Force and US Army.  Active duty stations include Kirkland AFB, Clark AB, Fort Drum and Fort Lewis, with deployments to Operation Desert Strom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Gulf Coast Relief (Hurricane Katrina). 



Carlos Ramierez Carlos Ramirez

Carlos Ramirez has worked for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for the last 32 years. He has performed many custody and classification positions to include Correctional Officer, Correctional Sergeant, Correctional Counselor I, Correctional Lieutenant, Correctional Counselor II, Correctional Counselor III, Correctional Captain (A), and Associate Warden (A). His last position before retirement was with the p>ision of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) as a Correctional Counselor III responsible for overseeing the institution's rehabilitative programs and contract treatment providers. Carlos says this was his most gratifying position. He worked in this capacity for about eleven years. Carlos was an also an active member/supervisor of the institution's Special Emergency Response Team/Crisis Response Team for twenty years. He has an Associate of Science Degree in Criminology from the Riverside Community College. Carlos has worked primarily at the California Institution for Women, California Institution for Men, California Rehabilitation Center, and Mule Creek State Prison. Other specialty assignments include being a Retired Annuitant with CDCR. This included acting as a mentor/trainer for in-prison CCIII's and Program Directors. Based on his extensive experience with in-prison programs, he worked with various staff on how to develop positive working relationships, sharing work experiences, providing suggestions, constructive criticism, identifying program obstacles, and develop solutions within CDCR/DRP policy and procedures. Carlos' goal was to teach staff how to work together as a team and how to provide the most effective rehabilitative services to their inmate population before release. Carlos is our newest member of the UCSD Cross Training Team and is looking forward to sharing his experiences with CDCR and Treatment Providers.


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Quincy Whitt

Quincy Whitt began working for CDCR in February 1996 and began his tenure as a Correctional Officer and Sergeant before joining the Correctional Counselor series. After successfully working years in various supervisory positions, in 2016, he earned a promotion to Program Manager, where he oversaw a variety of community-based rehabilitative services that helped with housing, education, employment, mental health, medical, and social support in addition to substance use disorders. Additionally, Quincy’s leadership was instrumental in the effective transition of the inmates back into society. Thus, greatly decreasing the rate of recidivism. Before advancing to the position of Program Manager, he worked as a Correctional Counselor II at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco. He also held the position of Correctional Counselor I at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, California, and the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, California.


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Steve Zanini is a retired Correctional Captain with the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR). He worked in the Department for nearly 28 years serving in such job classifications as Correctional Officer, Correctional Sergeant, and Correctional Lieutenant, before retiring as a Captain with the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) in 2023. Steve began his career at California State Prison-Sacramento in 1995. He has also worked at Deuel Vocational Institution, Folsom State Prison, and assisted in the opening of the California Health Care Facility. Some of his unique assignments include Sergeant Instructor at the Basic Correctional Officer Academy, in Galt; Investigative Services Unit/Institutional Gang Investigator; Public Information Officer (PIO); and DRP Regional Captain. He worked with former DRP Captain Arnel Bona in the planning phase of the Department's Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT) in 2019. Steve also assisted in developing a revised ISUDT curriculum and scheduling, in order to provide the inmates with a safe classroom setting during the COVID pandemic. As a DRP Regional Captain, Steve focused on 2 objectives: encourage constructive communication between prison staff and contracted treatment providers; and provide inmates with an unobstructed ability to attend cognitive behavioral intervention classes. Steve is looking forward to collaborating with CDCR staff and treatment providers once again.