Millions Spent on Contractors for ‘Unnecessary’ Mental Health Screenings

A lack of coordination between the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Department of Mental Health resulted in the state paying tens of millions of dollars to contractors for “unnecessary work,” according to a state audit released today. The state created the Sex Offender Commitment Program in 1996 to ensure proper care for the small population of sex offenders predisposed to violent behavior because of mental disorders. Corrections officials refer offenders to the mental health department for evaluation, which then recommends to the courts whether or not someone needs to be part of the program. After Jessica’s Law (Proposition 83 in 2006) expanded the pool of potential violent sex offenders nearly five-fold, the Corrections department failed to follow state law and basically referred everyone to the mental health department for evaluation.

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