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(a) To confront the crisis of individuals found incompetent to stand trial (IST) and in recognition of the importance of these defendants who are committed to the State Department of State Hospitals to begin receiving competency treatment as soon as practicable, the California Health and Human Services Agency along with the State Department of State Hospitals shall convene an Incompetent to Stand Trial Solutions Workgroup to identify short, medium, and long-term solutions to advance alternatives to placement at the State Department of State Hospitals.
(b) Workgroup members shall be appointed by the Secretary of California Health and Human Services and the workgroup shall be chaired by the Director of the State Department of State Hospitals. Members of the workgroup shall serve without compensation. Members may include, but are not limited to, representatives from the following entities and interested parties:
(1) California Health and Human Services Agency.
(2) State Department of Health Care Services.
(3) State Department of Developmental Services.
(4) Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
(5) Department of Finance.
(6) Other state agencies, as needed.
(7) Judicial Council.
(8) Other partners, including local government and justice system representatives of entities involved in the commitment of IST defendants to the State Department of State Hospitals and representatives of patients and their family members, as needed.
(c) The workgroup shall submit recommendations to the California Health and Human Services Agency and the Department of Finance no later than November 30, 2021, outlining short-term solutions that can be accomplished by April 1, 2022, medium-term solutions that can be accomplished by January 10, 2023, and long-term solutions that can be accomplished by January 10, 2024, and January 10, 2025, to support the State Department of State Hospitals in serving individuals with the most intensive behavioral health treatment needs and providing timely access to treatment for individuals found IST on felony charges.
(d) The workgroup may meet as often as bi-weekly until the workgroup is disbanded by the Secretary of California Health and Human Services.
(e) The workgroup may consider, but is not limited to, recommendations that accomplish any of the following:
(1) Reduce the total number of felony defendants determined to be IST.
(2) Reduce the lengths of stay for felony IST patients.
(3) Support felony IST defendants to receive early access to treatment before transfer to a restoration of competency treatment program to achieve stabilization and restoration of competency sooner.
(4) Support increased access to felony IST diversion options.
(5) Expand treatment options for felony IST individuals, such as community-based restoration programs, jail-based competency treatment programs, and state hospital beds.
(6) Create new options for treatment of felony IST defendants including community based, locked and unlocked facilities.
(7) Establish partnerships to facilitate admissions and discharges to reduce recidivism and ensure that the most acute, high-risk, and at need patients receive access to State Department of State Hospitals beds, while patients with lower risk or acuity are treated in appropriate community settings.
(f)(1) Until December 31, 2024, if the Secretary of California Health and Human Services determines that either of the conditions stated in subparagraphs (A) or all of the conditions stated in subparagraph (B) have occurred, the State Department of State Hospitals may take the actions described in paragraph (2), if authorized by the Secretary of California Health and Human Services and the Department of Finance, and after Department of Finance has provided no less than a 30-day notification to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the State Department of State Hospitals has provided notification to the county public guardian and county behavioral agencies.
(A) The recommendations required to be completed by subdivision (c) cannot be completed due to reasons outside of the control of the California Health and Human Services Agency or the State Department of State Hospitals.
(B)(i) Insufficient progress has been made in implementing the recommendations in a timely manner to provide timely access to competency treatment for IST defendants committed to the State Department of State Hospitals.
(ii) IST commitments to the State Department of State Hospitals continues to exceed the capacity available, in facilities the department has jurisdiction over pursuant to Section 4100, to provide restoration of competency treatment.
(iii) The State Department of State Hospitals continues to maintain an IST admission waitlist that exceeds the capacity of the facilities within its jurisdiction pursuant to Section 4100 to admit IST commitments.
(iv) As a result of the conditions described in clauses (i) through (iii), inclusive, IST defendants committed to the State Department of State Hospitals are not able to receive timely access to restoration of competency treatment and no reasonable state solutions are available, including timely solutions to increase capacity within the facilities within its jurisdiction pursuant to Section 4100 that may admit IST commitments.
(2) If the requirements of paragraph (1) are met, the State Department of State Hospitals may take the following actions:
(A) The State Department of State Hospitals may discontinue admissions for new patients committed to a state hospital pursuant to Section 5358.
(B) The State Department of State Hospitals may, following the determination by the Secretary of California Health and Human Services pursuant to paragraph (1), impose patient reduction targets over the next three fiscal years for patients committed to a state hospital pursuant to Section 5358. Reduction targets shall only be to the minimum level necessary to achieve timely access to treatment for IST commitments, as determined by the State Department of State Hospitals and the Secretary of California Health and Human Services and will allow no less than a minimum of six months for the first reduction target to be achieved.
(C) The State Department of State Hospitals may charge 150 percent of the daily bed rate for counties, pursuant to Section 4330, that exceed the bed usage for patients admitted pursuant to Section 5358 and that are above the specified patient reduction targets made pursuant to subparagraph (B).
(g) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the State Department of State Hospitals may implement, interpret, or make specific this section by means of a departmental letter or other similar instruction, as necessary.
(h) Contracts awarded pursuant to this section, including contracts to implement solutions developed by the Incompetent to Stand Trial Solutions Workgroup, shall be exempt from the requirements contained in the Public Contract Code, Section 19130 of the Government Code, Section 4101.5, and the State Administrative Manual and shall not be subject to approval by the Department of General Services.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - California Code, Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC § 4147 - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/welfare-and-institutions-code/wic-sect-4147/
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