Resources for Persons with Disabilities

Resources for the Public

The Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) makes all reasonable effort to enable persons with disabilities to participate in the board’s proceedings. The board’s proceedings include the Executive Board Meetings each month in Sacramento and the parole proceedings at various institutions throughout the state. For disability-related accommodations at any board proceeding, please contact the BPH Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinators at least five (5) working days prior to the scheduled proceeding. The BPH ADA Coordinators can be reached at (916) 445-6631, (916) 323-7997, or Please know that contacting the BPH ADA Coordinators does not replace the need to obtain gate clearance through BPH Scheduling.

Additionally, if you need disability-related accommodations at an institution, you may contact the institution’s ADA Coordinators or Class Action Management Unit (CC II) liaisons utilizing the contact information in this link.

Resources for Inmates/Parolees

The Board of Parole Hearings provides accommodations to inmates and parolees with disabilities during all BPH proceedings, in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Common acronyms used to describe various levels of medical, mental health care and disability codes are listed in the Disability and Effective Communication System (DECs) Codes document. Prior to each parole proceeding, institutional staff meet with the inmate/parolee to identify any disability-related accommodations needed for the proceeding. The BPH ADA Coordinators verify this information prior to the proceeding and identify any additional needs. These planning efforts are documented in the BPH Form 1073, Notice and Request for Assistance at Parole Proceeding, which an inmate’s/parolee’s attorney can view in the Disability and Effective Communication System (DECs). All state-appointed attorneys representing inmates/parolees at BPH proceedings are expected to review DECs for information regarding their client’s potential disabilities prior to meeting with their client and are expected to make an entry into DECs regarding any accommodations provided during the attorney-client meeting. The attorney is expected to ensure all of his or her client’s disability-related accommodations are addressed during the hearing. If there are any concerns regarding the disability-related accommodations that are planned for a BPH proceeding or were provided at a BPH proceeding, an inmate/parolee or his or her attorney is encouraged to submit a BPH Form 1074, Request for Reasonable Accommodation – Grievance Process. Notably, attorneys do not receive access to inmate/parolee medical records, but can seek their client’s permission to access such records through the submission of a CDCR Form 7385, Authorization for Release of Information.

Any disability-related questions regarding board proceedings may be directed to the BPH ADA Coordinators at (916) 445-6631, (916) 323-7997, or

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Board of Parole Hearings are also subject to class action lawsuits regarding inmates and parolees with disabilities, as described below:

Armstrong v. Brown

Armstrong is a federal class action lawsuit filed on behalf of inmates and parolees with various disabilities. The lawsuit was resolved in two stages.

The Armstrong Remedial Plan (ARP I) was issued on January 3, 2001, and applies to CDCR processes (specifically Division of Adult Institutions). The remedial plan describes processes for inmates with disabilities incarcerated in prison.

The Armstrong Remedial Plan (ARP II) was issued on January 4, 2002, and applies to Board of Parole Hearings and CDCR processes (specifically Division of Adult Parole Operations). A revised version of the Armstrong Remedial Plan (ARP II) was issued on December 1, 2010. The remedial plan describes processes for individuals with disabilities on parole and for Board of Parole Hearings proceedings. Notably, the current version of the Armstrong Remedial Plan (ARP II) pre-dates various changes to BPH hearing processes as a result of Criminal Justice Realignment in 2011 and 2013.

Clark v. California

Clark is a federal class action lawsuit filed on behalf of inmates with developmental disabilities. The Clark Remedial Plan was issued on March 1, 2002. The remedial plan describes the Developmental Disability Program in the prisons.