The primary function of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR’s) Statewide Mental Health Program (SMHP) is to ensure patients have ready access to mental health services based on their need. Additionally, the SMHP works to ensure that the individual level of functioning of seriously mentally disordered inmates is optimized so their care may be maintained in the least restrictive environment.
As of July 1, 2017, CDCR operates licensed Psychiatric Inpatient Programs (PIP) previously operated by the Department of State Hospitals at Salinas Valley State Prison, California Health Care Facility, and California Medical Facility. These programs are designed to provide more intensive treatment for patients who cannot function adequately or stabilize in an outpatient program or shorter term inpatient program. CDCR continues to operate the PIP programs at California Institution for Women and San Quentin State Prison.
The SMHP operates under a Court Order reached in the Coleman v. Brown lawsuit filed originally in 1990 as Coleman v. Wilson. In 1997, the parties reached agreement on a plan to address constitutional inadequacies by establishing mental health services, including programs and staffing, at multiple levels of care. The Mental Health Services Delivery System Program Guide provides the policies and procedures that govern delivery of these mental health services.
To provide ethical, professional, and effective mental health care services for individuals remanded to the CDCR.