Report 2014-125 Recommendation 4 Responses

Report 2014-125: California Department of State Hospitals: It Could Increase the Consistency of Its Evaluations of Sex Offenders by Improving Its Assessment Protocol and Training (Release Date: March 2015)

Recommendation #4 To: State Hospitals, Department of

To comply with state law, State Hospitals should ensure that it follows the Administrative Procedures Act for future changes to its standardized assessment protocol.

Agency Response*

To implement standardized assessment protocol regulations, as specified in recommendation 3, the DSH will follow the Administrative Procedure Act specified at http://www.oal.ca.gov/Regular Rulemaking Process.htm and will do so for future proposed regulations.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2019
  • Response Date: November 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


Agency Response*

To implement standardized assessment protocol regulations, as specified in recommendation 3, the DSH will follow the Administrative Procedure Act specified at http://www.oal.ca.gov/Regular Rulemaking Process.htm and will do so for future proposed regulations.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2019
  • Response Date: October 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Not Fully Implemented


Agency Response*

DSH followed the Administrative Procedure Act specified at http://www.oal.ca.gov/Regular_Rulemaking_Process.htm to develop the standardized assessment protocol regulations specified in recommendation 3 and will do so for future annual changes as applicable.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Estimated Completion Date: March 2018
  • Response Date: March 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


Agency Response*

DSH will follow the Administrative Procedure Act for future changes to the standardized assessment protocol where appropriate. Implementation will be coordinated with the above regulatory process.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date: April 2016
  • Response Date: September 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending

We acknowledge that the department expects to follow procedures in the Administrative Procedure Act (Act) when making changes to the standardized assessment protocol. However, we will not consider this recommendation as fully implemented until the department initiates changes to the protocol following the requirements of the Act.


Agency Response*

DSH will follow the Administrative Procedure Act for future changes to the standardized assessment protocol where appropriate.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Completion Date: April 2015
  • Response Date: May 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending

We acknowledge that the department expects to follow procedures in the Administrative Procedure Act (Act) when making changes to the standardized assessment protocol. However, we will not consider this recommendation as fully implemented until the department initiates changes to the protocol following the requirements of the Act. As the department notes in Recommendation 3, it anticipates beginning a regulatory process in September 2015.


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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