California's new prisons chief says the new inmate mental health facility in Vacaville is reason to end nearly two decades of federal oversight of psychiatric care at the state’s correctional system.
Corrections Secretary Jeff Beard made his comments during a media tour of the $24 million California Medical Facility that can povide intensive outpatient mental health therapy for 600 inmates.
“I’ve been around this system and visited over 20 institutions," he said. "I can assure you there is not a deliberate indifference to the needs (of inmates).”
“People are being identified, people are being properly placed, and people are given the level of care that they need,” said Beard.
Poor care led to federal court action
In 1995, a federal judge agreed with inmates in a class action lawsuit that California's correctional system failed to provide adequate medical care to prisoners, including those with schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and other severe mental illnesses.
The judge appointed a special master to guide improvements in medical care, including mental halth care, at the state's 33 prisons……Represent! : Prison boss touts new Vacaville mental health facility as reason to end federal oversight | 89.3 KPCC