Report 2018-106 Recommendation 10 Responses
Report 2018-106: Correctional Officer Health and Safety: Some State and County Correctional Facilities Could Better Protect Their Officers From the Health Risks of Certain Inmate Attacks (Release Date: September 2018)
Recommendation #10 To: Alameda County Sheriff's Office
To make certain that victims are aware of threats to their health, Santa Rita should follow state law and ensure that its medical personnel immediately inform victims of gassing attacks of any evidence suggesting that the inmates involved have a communicable disease. It should further document that it has provided this information to victims.
1-Year Agency Response
The Detention and Corrections Policy and Procedure (P&P) 3.15, "Infectious Disease Control" was approved and distributed for review.
This policy is fully implemented and includes all previous referenced recommendations for the Watch Commander or medical staff to notify all personnel who came into contact with an inmate who has either tested positive for communicable disease(s).
- Completion Date: May 2019
- Response Date: September 2019
California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented
6-Month Agency Response
This policy is currently under annual review and will be implemented upon approval.
- Estimated Completion Date: 04/30/19
- Response Date: March 2019
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending
60-Day Agency Response
To comply with this requirement, language was drafted in P&P 3.15 section IV. C. 2, which specifies the Watch Commander or medical staff shall notify all personnel who came into direct contact with the bodily fluids of an inmate who has either tested positive for infection with HIV, or have been diagnosed as having AIDS or Hepatitis B or C, as per Penal Code 7522(a). The State Auditor's recommendation to include this notification in some form of documentation will not be noted in an incident report for obvious confidentiality reasons. However, the notification can be included in the workers' compensation form 5020.
- Completion Date: December 2018
- Response Date: November 2018
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Partially Implemented
Although the Alameda County Sheriff's Office revised its polices to comply with state requirements, its response confirms that it has not determined how it will document that it has provided the required information to victims.
- Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation
All Recommendations in 2018-106
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.