The state shall contract with a research agency which shall determine the prevalence
of severe mental disorder among the state prison inmates and parolees, including persons
admitted to prison, the resident population, and those discharged to parole. An evaluation of the array of services shall be performed, including the correctional,
state hospital, and local inpatient programs; residential-level care and partial day
care within the institutions as well as in the community; and the individual and group
treatment which may be provided within the correctional setting and in the community
upon release. The review shall include the interrelationship between the security and clinical
staff, as well as the architectural design which aids meeting the treatment needs
of these mentally ill offenders while maintaining a secure setting. Administration of these programs within the institutions and in the community shall
be reviewed by the contracting agency. The ability of treatment programs to prevent reoffenses by inmates with severe mental
disorders shall also be addressed. The process for evaluating inmates and parolees to determine their need for treatment
and the ability to differentiate those who will benefit from treatment and those who
will not shall be reviewed.
The State Department of State Hospitals, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the Department of Justice shall cooperate with the research agency conducting
The research agency conducting this study shall consult with the State Department
of State Hospitals, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Department of Justice, and the Forensic Mental Health Association of California
in the design of the study.
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