Report 2016-131 Recommendation 7 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 #7 To: Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of

To ensure that prison staff conduct required checks of inmates placed on suicide precaution in a timely manner, Corrections should implement its automated process to monitor suicide precaution checks in its electronic health record system by the time it is implemented systemwide in October 2017. Further, Corrections should train staff on how to plan for and conduct staggered suicide precaution checks.

60-Day Agency Response

EHRS will be modified to trigger staggered rounding and to allow determination of at what point the task was completed (real time). CQIT contains indicators to assess if rounding was staggered and if documentation occurred in real time. Regional mental health teams will audit to ensure entries are completed in real time by comparing task time and documentation time.

Suicide Watch and Suicide Precaution training will be provided to nursing staff statewide by December 31, 2017.

  • Estimated Completion Date: March 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.