Special Proceedings

ADA Compliance Unit

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Unit ensures that the Board of Parole Hearings provides inmates and parolees with reasonable accommodations for their disabilities for parole proceedings. The unit ensures parole hearings are at locations accessible to those with disabilities and that there is effective communications during the proceedings for inmates/parolees.

Offenders with a Mental Health Disorder (formerly known as Mentally Disordered Offenders)

The Offenders with a Mental Health Disorder (OMHD) commitment was created to provide a mechanism to detain and treat inmates with a severe mental health disorder who reach the end of a determinate prison term and are dangerous to others as a result of a severe mental health disorder. The law became effective on July 1, 1986. The OMHD commitment is codified in sections 2960 to 2981 of the Penal Code (PC) and regulated in sections 2570 to 2580 of the California Code of Regulations Title 15, Division 2.

Sexually Violent Predator Unit

Pursuant to Welfare & Institutions Code, Section 6601, the Board of Parole Hearings Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Unit reviews the background and history of inmates to identify those likely to be sexually violent predators. If the SVP Unit determines the inmate has a qualifying conviction of a specific, violent sexual crime, involving at least one victim, the case is referred to the board’s Forensic Assessment Division (FAD) for clinical evaluation.