The Gender Specific Unit specialized services program began in April 2005. This unit was developed in reaction to observations and studies showing that female probationers in Lake County and across the country frequently experience multiple traumas during the course of their lifetimes. Many of these women were not receiving treatment or targeted services related to gender related issues. Community based service providers indicated that the complex female offender required much more of a specialized treatment approach and in many cases offenders would not comply with services. The unit is currently staffed with four probation officers who manage only female offenders.