Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. released a revised proposed state budget that invests in public safety, offender rehabilitation and reentry, and mental health. The budget provides resources to institute a Medication-Assisted Treatment program to respond to the opioid crisis and contraband interdiction by investing in safe and secure detention facilities.
The significant investments within the Governor’s 2018-19 May Revise state budget represents major adjustments for health care, behavioral health, rehabilitation and reentry, and human resources.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) incarcerates the most violent felons, supervises those released to parole, and provides rehabilitation programs to help them reintegrate into the community. The Department provides necessary support services to inmates, including food, clothing, academic and vocational training, as well as health care services.
The 2018-19 May Revision reflects an increase of approximately $174 million from the Governor’s Proposed Budget for 2018-19. Key features of the major adjustments highlighted in the budget include the following:
Population Adjustments: The budget was reduced $22.1 million to reflect various adjustments related to population adjustments. There were some major increases to population funding that include adjustments for the mental health ratio which represents $10.4 million, and provides $1.8 million in resources for the Department’s Male Community Reentry Program. The major decreases in population funding include a reduction of nearly $18 million for contract beds, nearly an $8 million reduction for adult paroles, nearly $5 million for adult institutions and a reduction of $3 million for healthcare services.
Expansion of CCHCS’ Hepatitis C Virus Treatment Program: The budget provides an increase of nearly $106 million to enable CCHCS to fully implement the expansion of the hepatitis C virus treatment program which will allow for treatment at all stages of the hepatitis C virus.
Funding for Registry Psychiatrists: For a two-year limited term basis beginning in fiscal year 2018-19, an increase of about $18 million was proposed to offset the difference in cost between mid-step funding and contracted costs for registry psychiatrists at California’s institutions. This request will also include Budget Bill Language that specifies the requested funding will be used for psychiatry registry purposes and any remaining funds at the end of the year shall revert to the General Fund.
Correctional Counselor I Ratios: $13.6 million was increased to adjust the ratio of correctional counselors per inmate from 150:1 to 135:1. These additional resources will allow counselors to provide increased and enhanced support to the inmate population by matching inmates to rehabilitative programs in order to help in reducing their sentence and preparing them for successful reintegration into the community.
Training Initiatives: Approximately $13 million was added for wellness, rehabilitation, and investigative trainings for cadets, Correctional Officers, custody and non-custody managers, Special Agents and investigators.
Healthcare Services for Reentry Programs: To contract with either the Department of Health Care Services or with third-party vendors nearly $11 million was increased to provide healthcare services no longer afforded to CDCR Reentry participants in the community.
Contraband Interdiction Program: To implement a two year Contraband Interdiction Program at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility a net increase of more than $9 million has been included. The program will deploy contraband interdiction devices at the front entrance areas, employ a staffing complement to operate the devices, expand California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility’s canine teams, conduct enhanced vehicle and institution searches, and institute a Medication-Assisted Treatment program to respond to the opioid crisis.
Medical Guarding and Transportation: A net increase of about $6 million was included to augment medical transportation custody positions at adult institutions. This augmentation is required to maintain a safe and secure environment for staff and the inmate population and reduce the redirection of staff.
Court Resentencing Petitions—A net increase of $2 million to allow the department to use Penal Code 1170(d)(1) to request the recall and resentencing of inmates who: (1) have an error in the calculation of their sentence or whose sentences are affected by changes in case law, or (2) exhibit exceptional conduct that indicates that their continued incarceration is not in the interest of justice and they would be a positive asset to the community.
Other Adjustments: A net increase of $9.2 million to reflect increases for the Correctional Health Care Facility janitorial contract ($8 million),Community Corrections Performance Incentives Grant ($2.9 million), and case records training ($444 thousand), partially offset by decreases for roof replacement and mold remediation (-$8.4 million) and juvenile justice reform (-$1.7 million).
For additional information concerning the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, please contact Albert Rivas in the Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-4950.