Friday, November 6, 2009

CDCR Files Comprehensive Statewide Plan for Medical and Mental Health Beds in Response to Coleman Lawsuit

Plan Includes Sites Statewide to Satisfy Lawsuits Ordering Increases in Medical/Mental Health Beds

SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today filed a detailed long-range plan, including activation schedules, to provide medical and mental health treatment beds in response to the federal court order in Coleman v Schwarzenegger. The plan was filed electronically with the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.

“With the filing of this plan, California is moving forward to meet court orders to provide space for mental health and medical services for inmates,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “We have reviewed all our options carefully and believe that this plan represents a wise and efficient use of state resources.”

CDCR, working collaboratively with the Federal Receiver in the Plata v Schwarzenegger case and the Coleman Special Master, submitted the plan as part of its overall effort to increase inmate medical and mental health services.

The plan includes the construction of the Northern California Consolidated Care Facility in Stockton, converting three former juvenile facilities to include medical and mental health beds for adult inmates, adding additional beds to other facilities and other projects.

Funding for the construction was made possible through AB 900. For each new construction project, CDCR is required to submit an Environmental Impact Report, which will afford the public and stakeholders an opportunity to review and comment on the planned projects. CDCR anticipates hosting a number of community forums to allow interested community members to participate in the planning process.

CDCR is required to provide new beds and treatment space for over 1,400 inmates requiring mental health services enrolled in CDCR’s Enhanced Outpatient Program pursuant to an order of the Coleman Court. The Receiver has identified the need for CDCR to provide new beds and treatment space for over 1,400 inmates requiring medical services in an outpatient setting. The plan includes some projects already started by the Receiver.

Click here for a list of proposed projects that are part of the Coleman filing and the department’s AB 900 Integrated Strategy Plan.

Additional Related Information:

Coleman Filing (PDF)
Prison Plans for Chino Include Converting Former Juvenile Facility to House Adult Males
CDCR Finalizes Plan to Convert Former Juvenile Facility