Report 2014-125 Recommendation 4 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 #4 To: State Hospitals, Department of

To comply with state law, State Hospitals should ensure that it follows the Administrative Procedures Act for future changes to its standardized assessment protocol.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From November 2017

To implement standardized assessment protocol regulations, as specified in recommendation 3, the DSH will follow the Administrative Procedure Act specified at http://www.oal.ca.gov/Regular Rulemaking Process.htm and will do so for future proposed regulations.

  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2019

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Pending


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2016

To implement standardized assessment protocol regulations, as specified in recommendation 3, the DSH will follow the Administrative Procedure Act specified at http://www.oal.ca.gov/Regular Rulemaking Process.htm and will do so for future proposed regulations.

  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2019

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Not Fully Implemented


1-Year Agency Response

DSH followed the Administrative Procedure Act specified at http://www.oal.ca.gov/Regular_Rulemaking_Process.htm to develop the standardized assessment protocol regulations specified in recommendation 3 and will do so for future annual changes as applicable.

  • Estimated Completion Date: March 2018
  • Response Date: March 2016

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


6-Month Agency Response

DSH will follow the Administrative Procedure Act for future changes to the standardized assessment protocol where appropriate. Implementation will be coordinated with the above regulatory process.

  • Estimated Completion Date: April 2016
  • Response Date: September 2015

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

We acknowledge that the department expects to follow procedures in the Administrative Procedure Act (Act) when making changes to the standardized assessment protocol. However, we will not consider this recommendation as fully implemented until the department initiates changes to the protocol following the requirements of the Act.


60-Day Agency Response

DSH will follow the Administrative Procedure Act for future changes to the standardized assessment protocol where appropriate.

  • Completion Date: April 2015
  • Response Date: May 2015

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

We acknowledge that the department expects to follow procedures in the Administrative Procedure Act (Act) when making changes to the standardized assessment protocol. However, we will not consider this recommendation as fully implemented until the department initiates changes to the protocol following the requirements of the Act. As the department notes in Recommendation 3, it anticipates beginning a regulatory process in September 2015.


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Agency responses received are posted verbatim.


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