Report 2016-131 Recommendation 13 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 #13 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

To ensure that trainers and risk evaluation mentors at all prisons are able to train staff effectively, Corrections should immediately begin requiring prisons to report the percentage of their trainers and mentors who have received training on how to conduct training and mentoring. It should work with prisons to ensure that all trainers and mentors receive adequate training.

60-Day Agency Response

As noted in the previous recommendation, the Statewide Mental Health Program (SMHP) will be partnering with CCHCS to incorporate all suicide prevention related mental health training to track the training mentors and trainers have received. SMHP will issue a memorandum noting what training mentors must receive and will specify that no clinician shall provide mentoring unless this training has been received. The SMHP will monitor to ensure only those staff who have received appropriate training may serve as a mentor or provide suicide prevention-related training.

A copy of memorandum and report 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.