Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) has significantly improved its delivery of medical care, according to an Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report released Wednesday, receiving a score of 89.3 percent.
“This is a 13.9 percentage point improvement over the score of 75.4 percent from our second inspection report of this prison issued in October 2011, and a 16.7 percentage point improvement over the score of 72.6 percent from our first inspection report of this prison issued in March 2009,” the OIG report said.
The DVI report was the 17th released in the third cycle of inspections at the 33 adult institutions by the OIG, which were prompted by the Plata v. Brown lawsuit that claimed the medical care received by inmates did not meet constitutional standards.
“I applaud the dedicated staff at DVI and the many professionals throughout CDCR for their continued commitment to delivering quality medical care,” said CDCR Undersecretary Martin Hoshino. “This score, and the numerous others like it across our health care system serve to bolster Governor Brown’s conclusion that CDCR is providing a constitutional level of health care and that federal court oversight is no longer necessary.”
Noting that the federal court has yet to define what level of compliance meets constitutional standards, the OIG did not conclude whether a prison passed or failed an inspection, but the California Correctional Health Care System currently applies the following scoring criteria to measure adherence to medical policies and procedures……OIG reports improved medical care delivery at DVI | Inside CDCR