The California Rehabilitation Oversight Board shall meet at least twice annually,
and shall regularly examine the various mental health, substance abuse, educational,
and employment programs for incarcerated persons and parolees operated by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.The board shall examine the department's effort to assist incarcerated persons and parolees to obtain postrelease health care coverage. The board shall also examine efforts to address the housing needs of incarcerated persons, including
those who are identified as having serious mental health needs, who are released to
the community as parolees. The board shall report to the Governor and the Legislature annually, on September 15, and may submit
other reports during the year if it finds they are necessary. The reports shall include, but are not limited to, findings on the effectiveness
of treatment efforts, rehabilitation needs of incarcerated persons, gaps in rehabilitation services in the department, levels of incarcerated person participation and success in the programs, data indicating the number of parolees who are experiencing homelessness, and the
number of those parolees experiencing homelessness who have previously been identified
as having serious mental health needs. The board shall also make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature with
respect to modifications, additions, and eliminations of rehabilitation and treatment
programs. In performing its duties, the board shall use the work products developed for the
department as a result of the provisions of the 2006 Budget Act, including Provision
18 of Item 5225-001-0001.
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