Report 2014-125 Recommendation 6 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 #6 To: State Hospitals, Department of

To ensure that it can demonstrate the consistency of Coalinga's supervisory review of annual evaluations, by June 2015 State Hospitals should direct Coalinga to formally adopt its checklist for reviewing evaluations, provide the checklist to its evaluators, and include the checklist as part of its evaluation process. State Hospitals should also develop a checklist for the evaluations it performs at its headquarters and adopt it as part of its standardized assessment protocol by March 2016.

Agency Response*

A checklist for the evaluations performed by headquarters evaluators was developed and in February 2016, it was adopted has part of its standardized assessment protocol. The evaluation review checklist will be utilized in reviewing completed SVP evaluations and aid in the supervisory quality assurance process.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Completion Date: February 2016
  • Response Date: March 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented

Although the standardized assessment protocol is not in use pending regulatory approval, we note the department developed the checklists and instructed evaluators to use them. We therefore consider this recommendation fully implemented.


Agency Response*

On June 1, 2015, DSH-Coalinga fully implemented the use of a checklist for reviewing evaluations and has provided the checklist to its evaluators as part of the evaluation process. On August 31, 2015, DSH-Headquarters developed a checklist for reviewing evaluations and provides the checklist to evaluators.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Completion Date: August 2015
  • Response Date: September 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented

As noted in its response, State Hospitals has developed checklists for reviewing evaluations at both Coalinga State Hospital and DSH Headquarters. However, State Hospitals does not indicate whether it will include these checklists as part of its standardized assessment protocol. Thus, we consider this recommendation as only partially implemented.

  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

Agency Response*

By June 2015, DSH-Coalinga will implement the use of a checklist

for reviewing evaluations and provide the checklist to its evaluators as part of the evaluation process. By August 1, 2015 DSH-Headquarters will develop a checklist for reviewing evaluations and provide the checklist to evaluators.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Estimated Completion Date: August 1, 2015
  • Response Date: May 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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