To allow Mental Health sufficient time to complete its screenings and evaluations, Corrections should improve the timeliness of its referrals. If it does not achieve a reduction in referrals from implementing recommendation 1.2.b, Corrections should begin the referral process earlier than nine months before offenders' scheduled release dates in order to meet its six-month statutory deadline.
Corrections provided a memorandum issued in August 2011 adjusting its timelines and transmittal methods for SVP cases. Corrections also implemented a new database for tracking SVP cases and indicated that it tracks referral dates to its Board of Parole Hearings and Mental Health. Additionally, Corrections stated that the number of cases referred to Mental Health has decreased significantly as a result of Public Safety Realignment. Corrections provided a report from its tracking system showing a reduction in referrals to Mental Health. (See 2013-406, p. 216)
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