Report 2016-131 Recommendation 12 Responses

Report 2016-131: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: It Must Increase Its Efforts to Prevent and Respond to Inmate Suicides (Release Date: August 2017)

Recommendation #12 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

To ensure that all prison staff receive required training related to suicide prevention and response, Corrections should immediately implement a process for identifying prisons where staff are not attending required trainings and for working with the prisons to solve the issues preventing attendance.

6-Month Agency Response

Custody: Currently during the CQIT reviews, Regional Lieutenants review training reports for custody at each institution to determine how many staff have received the required suicide prevention and response training. When an institution is not in compliance, this is reported to HQ and corrective action is required. It is recommended this process continue. In addition, the Learning Management System (LMS) is being implemented in phases and DAI HQ was included January 22, 2018. LMS will allow HQ staff to run compliance training reports for each institution remotely and more efficiently determine compliance.

Mental Health will be working with LMS to include suicide prevention related clinical training tracking in the LMS system in late spring.

Mental Health created a training compliance report based on information institutions submit and began reviewing compliance and requiring corrective action plans for those institutions not in compliance in January 2018.

Compliance rates for health care staff attendance at annual Suicide Prevention In-Service-Training is collected by the SPRFIT coordinators at each institution via the IST office until LMS is available to HQ Mental Health Program staff.

Copies of reports will be provided once complete.

  • Estimated Completion Date: May 2018
  • Response Date: February 2018

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


60-Day Agency Response

Custody: Currently during the CQIT reviews, Regional Lieutenants review training reports for custody at each institution to determine how many staff have received the required suicide prevention and response training. When an institution is not in compliance, this is reported to Headquarters (HQ) and corrective action is required. It is recommended this process continue. In addition, the Learning Management System (LMS) is being implemented in phases and the Division of Adult Institutions HQ will be included in the final phase at the end of 2017. LMS will allow HQ staff to run compliance training reports for each institution remotely and more efficiently determine compliance.

The In-Service Training department will run a negative report which captures staff who have not received required training. This will be sent to the Wardens, CEO's, Associate Directors and Regional Health Care Executives for review and follow up.

Mental Health: Mental Health will be working with LMS to include suicide prevention related clinical training tracking in the LMS system. Mental Health will create a training compliance report and will require corrective action plans for those institutions not in compliance.

Copies of negative reports and compliance reports will be provided once complete.

  • Estimated Completion Date: January 2018
  • Response Date: October 2017

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


All Recommendations in 2016-131

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.