Report 2020-103 Recommendation 3 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 #3 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of
To increase public safety and reduce the likelihood of recidivism, Corrections should create a regular forum for subject-matter experts to share information regarding their respective efforts to smoothly transition current program participants to county services and to develop processes for future parolees with mental illness and issues with homelessness who will transition to county services. Corrections should include its staff from the eight counties in which the integrated services program will no longer operate, including staff in the institutions, such as mental health clinicians and staff involved in prerelease planning, parole agents, and parole outpatient clinical staff. Corrections should also include the providers currently under contract, county services staff, and others as necessary. The forums should offer Corrections' staff the opportunity to receive updated training as necessary, and Corrections should begin hosting these forums by October 2020.
6-Month Agency Response
Engagement with the eight counties to develop service connections and referral processes is ongoing. This includes discussions on current referrals and issues/concerns that arise. On a related, parallel track, CCHCS, CDCR, and the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH) are working together on various components of transition planning for the broader behavioral health continuum of care.
- Estimated Completion Date: 10/2021
- Response Date: February 2021
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending
It is not clear from Corrections' response that it has taken the steps we recommended, which include establishing a forum, such as a periodic teleconference, in which relevant parties share information about transitioning ISMIP participants to county based services. Based on Corrections' response to the audit, we believe it is committed to implementing the recommendations we made and that future status reports on this recommendation will reflect its progress in implementing this recommendation.
60-Day Agency Response
Discussion on this recommendation initiated with the eight counties during ongoing conversations that occur in relation to the California State Auditor (CSA) recommendation described in item #2 of this CAP. Internal planning pending to identify CDCR participants and scope of forum.
- Estimated Completion Date: 10/2020
- Response Date: October 2020
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.