The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Report entitled: The Future of California Corrections: A Blueprint to Save Billions of Dollars, End Federal Oversight, and Improve the Prison System:
On April 23, 2012, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) released a report entitled “The Future of California Corrections: A Blueprint to Save Billions of Dollars, End Federal Oversight, and Improve the Prison System.” The report includes a series of proposals to reduce costs in the correctional system, satisfy the Supreme Court's ruling regarding prison overcrowding and implement further improvements to the prison system.
This report is being released as part of the May Revision to the Governor’s Budget. The report can be accessed on line at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/2012plan/index.html
How this Plan Impacts the Department of State Hospitals (DSH):
According to Chief Deputy Director Kathy Gaither, CDCR's plan proposes to migrate 242 beds at Salinas Valley Psychiatric Program (SVPP) and 208 beds at Vacaville Psychiatric Program (VPP) to the California Health Care Facility (CHCF) in Stockton beginning in July 2013. Over a six month period, as the beds are migrated from SVPP and VPP, CDCR would reclaim these units to increase its capacity at these facilities.
This proposal is subject to approval by the California State Legislature, the Coleman Special Master, and the Supreme Court. DMH plans to keep its employees informed every step of the way as the proposal moves through its approval phases. Once this proposal is adopted and finalized, DSH will make every effort possible to mitigate the reduction of VPP and SVPP staff and will facilitate the transfer of staff to SPP and other DSH hospitals. As part of this effort, DSH will strive to place individuals into equivalent job classifications at other facilities.
Please see the following documents, outlining detailed numbers of patient migration from VPP and SVPP:
Background on Migration of Beds from SVPP and VPP to CHCF:
When the construction of the CHCF was approved, it was known that some of the beds at VPP and SVPP would ultimately be migrated to Stockton. The most recent addition of 110 beds at VPP is still being readied, and was intended by the court to be available only until the CHCF was activated in July 2013. Many of those beds are not yet staffed.
The patients and the positions that support these beds will be migrated to the new Stockton Psychiatric Program (SPP) at CHCF over a six month period beginning in July 2013. This migration involves 450 patients and 552 level of care and non level of care positions (346 positions at VPP and 206 positions at SVPP). The SPP will have 514 beds. Stockton plans to fill 83 positions in Fiscal Year 2012/13 (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013) and plans to have 763 positions in Fiscal Year 2013/14. Patients will be gradually migrated to the new facility starting July 2013. The SPP will be fully operational December 2013.
From Governor Brown’s April 23, 2012, Press Release regarding the CDCR Report:
Governor Brown Issues Statement on CDCR's Plan to Improve California's Prison System, Save Billions of Dollars
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued this statement following the release by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) of “The Future of California Corrections: A Blueprint to Save Billions of Dollars, End Federal Court Oversight, and Improve the Prison System”:
“California is finally getting its prison costs under control and taking the necessary steps to meet federal court mandates. This plan cuts billions in future spending and meets the U.S. Supreme Court’s order to reduce our prison population.”