Report 2014-125 Recommendation 10 Responses

Report 2014-125: California Department of State Hospitals: It Could Increase the Consistency of Its Evaluations of Sex Offenders by Improving Its Assessment Protocol and Training (Release Date: March 2015)

Recommendation #10 To: State Hospitals, Department of

To demonstrate that it has provided appropriate training and that its employees have received that training, State Hospitals should immediately begin maintaining training records for all employee and contract evaluators.

1-Year Agency Response

As of February 29, 2016, DSH-Sacramento and DSH-Coalinga are maintaining databases to track evaluator training.

  • Completion Date: February 2016
  • Response Date: March 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented

6-Month Agency Response

DSH has established procedures to track training(s) and maintain records. DSH is currently in the process of inputting training records for all employees and contract evaluators. All records will be tracked and maintained by December 2015.

  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2015
  • Response Date: September 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

60-Day Agency Response

DSH has established procedures to track training(s) and maintain

records and will implement on May 18, 2015.

  • Estimated Completion Date: May 18, 2015
  • Response Date: May 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Partially Implemented

On May 20, 2015 State Hospitals finalized a a policy for processing training requests from evaluators. That policy describes the records evaluators must submit in order to have the training approved. In addition, it notes that the program support unit will maintain copies of all records submitted as part of the training request in evaluators' files. However, the policy is recent and it is not yet apparent that State Hospitals is maintaining these records according to the new policy.

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Agency responses received are posted verbatim.