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SB-960 Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: suicide prevention: reports.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/25/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  May 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  April 16, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  March 15, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  March 05, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 960


Introduced by Senator Leyva

January 31, 2018


An act to add Sections 2064.1 and 2064.2 to the Penal Code, relating to corrections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 960, as amended, Leyva. Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: suicide prevention: reports.
Existing law establishes the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and charges it with certain duties and powers, including, among other things, the operation of prisons and other specified institutions.
This bill would require the department to submit a report, as specified, to the Legislature on or before April 1 of each year, on the department’s efforts to respond to and prevent suicides and attempted suicides among inmates, including, among other things, identifying recommendations that would affect the department’s efforts to respond to and prevent suicides and attempted suicides among inmates, describing the progress in implementing those recommendations, and describing the department’s progress in identifying and implementing mental health programs that may ameliorate risk factors associated with suicides among inmates. The bill would require the report to be posted on the department’s Internet Web site. The bill would also require the department to notify the contact person of an inmate, if a contact person is listed on record, within 24 hours by telephone in the event of the inmate’s serious illness, serious injury, or death, which would include attempted suicide, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 2064.1 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

2064.1.
 (a) On or before April 1 of each year, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall submit to the Legislature a report on the department’s efforts to respond to and prevent suicides and attempted suicides among inmates. The information contained in the report shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) An identification of all recommendations that, if implemented, would affect the department’s efforts to respond to and prevent suicides and attempted suicides among inmates and that were made to the department or to a prison or institution described in Section 5003 as the result of an audit, assessment, or other review, whether internally or externally conducted, mandated, or court-ordered. court ordered.
(2) A description of the department’s progress in implementing each recommendation identified in paragraph (1), including the expected timeline for full implementation for each recommendation and the activities undertaken to address each recommendation. If the department does not intend to fully implement a recommendation, the department shall describe in sufficient detail its reasons for not fully implementing the recommendation.
(3) A description of the results of any audits or reviews the department conducts that measure the success of changes it implements as a result of the recommendations described in paragraph (1).
(4) A description of the department’s progress in identifying and implementing mental health programs that may ameliorate risk factors associated with suicides at the prisons and institutions described in Section 5003.
(5) A description of the department’s progress in meeting its goals for completing suicide risk evaluations and comprehensive mental health treatment plans in a sufficient manner, including identifying the number of suicide risk evaluations and comprehensive mental health treatment plans completed, describing the criteria the department uses to assess the quality of the suicide risk evaluations and comprehensive mental health treatment plans, and reporting on the results of its assessments of the suicide risk evaluations and comprehensive mental health treatment plans. The department shall present the information regarding the department’s progress in meeting its goals for completing suicide risk evaluations separately from the information regarding the department’s progress in meeting its goals for completing comprehensive mental health treatment plans.
(6) A description of the department’s efforts to ensure that all mental health staff receive required training and mentoring related to suicide prevention and response, including describing the trainings and mentoring required and identifying the number of individuals required to take each training or to participate in mentoring, and the number of individuals who completed each required training or participating in required mentoring.
(7) A description of the department’s efforts to fill vacancies in its mental health treatment programs, including its efforts to hire and retain psychiatrists.
(b) The report shall be submitted to the Legislature pursuant to Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(c) The report shall also be posted on the department’s Internet Web site in an easily accessible format.

SEC. 2.

 Section 2064.2 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

2064.2.
 The department shall notify the contact person of an inmate, if a contact person is listed on record, within 24 hours by telephone in the event of the inmate’s serious illness, serious injury, or death. For purposes of this section, “serious injury” includes attempted suicide, and “serious illness” includes a new mental health diagnosis. suicide.