By OPEC Staff
Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) has significantly improved its delivery of medical care, according to an Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report released Wednesday, receiving a score of 89.3 percent.
“This is a 13.9 percentage point improvement over the score of 75.4 percent from our second inspection report of this prison issued in October 2011, and a 16.7 percentage point improvement over the score of 72.6 percent from our first inspection report of this prison issued in March 2009,” the OIG report said.
The DVI report was the 17th released in the third cycle of inspections at the 33 adult institutions by the OIG, which were prompted by the Plata v. Brown lawsuit that claimed the medical care received by inmates did not meet constitutional standards.
“I applaud the dedicated staff at DVI and the many professionals throughout CDCR for their continued commitment to delivering quality medical care,” said CDCR Undersecretary Martin Hoshino. “This score, and the numerous others like it across our health care system serve to bolster Governor Brown’s conclusion that CDCR is providing a constitutional level of health care and that federal court oversight is no longer necessary.”
Noting that the federal court has yet to define what level of compliance meets constitutional standards, the OIG did not conclude whether a prison passed or failed an inspection, but the California Correctional Health Care System currently applies the following scoring criteria to measure adherence to medical policies and procedures.
• More than 85 percent: High Adherence
• 75 to 85 percent: Moderate Adherence
• Less than 75 percent: Low Adherence
“Scores like this demonstrate that proper processes are in place to ensure that care is delivered in a timely manner,” said Dr. Diana Tochè, Director of the Division of Health Care Services. “The system has grown and matured tremendously since the inception of the OIG audits.”
In the first cycle, only 8 of the 33 institutions’ overall scores met or exceeded the 75 percent minimum score for moderate adherence in the 20 components. In contrast, the second cycle scores demonstrated significant improvement with 29 of the 33 institutions meeting or exceeding the 75 percent minimum score for moderate adherence.
So far in the third cycle, 12 institutions’ scores are in the “high adherence” category. The other five institutions have scores in the “moderate adherence” range – and three of those are within 1 percentage point of “high adherence.” Only one institution has registered a score lower than in the second cycle, and that was by less than half a percentage point – to 89.2 percent.
Third-cycle reports and the summary and analysis for the first and second cycles for all 33 adult institutions are available on the OIG website at https://www.oig.ca.gov/.