Published Date: 2021-05-26
May Revise threatens PIP PT positions
CAPT stops proposal at the budget subcommittee level
This week, CAPT discovered a Budget Change Proposal prepared by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to eliminate 250 Psych Tech positions in the department’s Psychiatric Inpatient Programs. The BCP made its way into the Governor’s May Revise, which is currently making its way through the legislative process. The Legislature has until June 15 to pass a budget bill to the governor, who has until June 30 to sign the bill.
CAPT spent the early part of this week contacting legislators and the governor’s office to expressly voice our opposition. CAPT is pleased to report that through our lobbying efforts, both the Assembly and Senate Budget Sub Committees with the jurisdiction of this subject matter voted to reject this unvetted proposal. However, the fight is not over. If CDCR really wants this proposal, they will have another chance to get it back into the budget through the conference committee process.
The BCP presents a major and SUDDEN policy shift in how CDCR operates its licensed Psychiatric Inpatient Programs and how it delivers care to its mentally ill inmates. CDCR plans to abandon the DSH treatment model for a CDCR custody-based model. To sneak such a major policy change into the May Revise is reprehensible. The Governor’s Proposed Budget is released each year in January so that stakeholders have time to digest and effect proposed funding allocations and changes to public policy. The May Revise is an “updated” version of the January budget, meaning its changes are based upon the latest economic forecasts.
CDCR maintains in its BCP that “all five PIPs were activated at different points in time and do not have consistent staffing levels. The lack of a homogenized staffing methodology across all facilities has led CDCR to develop and propose new methodologies, based on existing models, in order to (1) provide consistency in staffing allocations across programs, (2) provide the appropriate level of mental healthcare to patients, and (3) reduce unneeded miscellaneous positions acquired during the lift-and-shift.”
If passed, the BCP would reduce PT positions and add positions for RNs and CNAs inside the PIPs at the following institutions:
Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP),
California Medical Facility (CMF),
California Health Care Facility - Stockton (CHCF),
California Institution for Women (CIW),
and San Quentin State Prison
Please be aware that our fight on this matter is not over; CAPT is actively monitoring and lobbying this aspect of the state budget very closely and will report new developments in the coming weeks.
May 26, 2021 | Download Flier