Report 2020-103 Recommendation 1 Responses
Report 2020-103: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: It Has Poorly Administered the Integrated Services for Mentally Ill Parolees Program, and With Current Funding Cuts, It Must Find Ways to Transition Parolees to County Services (Release Date: August 2020)
Recommendation #1 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of
To increase public safety and reduce the likelihood of recidivism, Corrections should establish a separate category in the appropriate data system to track the individuals who would have qualified for the integrated services program. It should also ensure that staff in the institutions, including mental health clinicians and staff involved in prerelease planning, coordinate with parole to assign these individuals to parole agents with specialized caseloads who have the training and experience to serve this population. Corrections should focus its efforts on at least the eight counties that are losing the integrated services program and complete the steps noted in this recommendation by February 2021.
6-Month Agency Response
After further review of the Medi-Cal specialty mental health services medical necessity criteria, it has been determined that it is not broad enough to include all potential ISMIP participants. As such, CDCR has shifted efforts toward analyzing the deleted Penal Code 2985.2(c), which outlined the ISMIP program participant requirements that existed prior to the elimination of the program, in order to operationalize and develop a method to identify and electronically track individuals who would have been in the ISMIP program had it continued. As part of this effort, CDCR will engage with internal and external stakeholders, as needed.
- Estimated Completion Date: 07/2021
- Response Date: February 2021
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending
60-Day Agency Response
Develop an algorithm to identify qualifying diagnostic data in the appropriate data system, and include community functioning level scores currently assessed pre-release by institution mental health staff, and "at risk of homelessness" upon release. The algorithm will trigger an identifying code as an indicator of releasing inmates that would have qualified for the Integrated Services for Mentally Ill Parolees (ISMIP) program.Evaluate the feasibility of establishing specialized caseloads for parole agents providing supervision to parolees that would have qualified for the ISMIP program. This evaluation will include anticipated parole population and related parole agent staffing reductions, resulting from new parole term caps that took effect 7/1/2020.
Specialty mental health services criteria requested and received via email from the Medi-Cal Behavioral Health Division with the California Department Health Care Services, to assist in identifying eligible candidates and establishing algorithm.Refined eligibility criteria requested from the eight counties via the California Behavioral Health Director's Association.
- Estimated Completion Date: 02/2021
- Response Date: October 2020
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.