By Bill Sessa
Public Information Officer
In late August, California State Prison, Solano, became the seventh CDCR institution to open a newly remodeled dental clinic, completing the first phase of a department-wide make-over that ultimately will span 23 prisons by the end of next year.
Joining Solano in the $2 million first phase of the Dental Improvement Program were California Institution for Women, California State Prison, Los Angeles; Mule Creek State Prison; California Medical Facility; Correctional Training Facility; and Folsom State Prison.
The modifications, required under the Perez class action lawsuit, include adding sanitary facilities to control infections; increasing electrical capacity, counter and floor space; enlarging storage areas; adding or removing walls; reconfiguring or replacing dental chairs and adding Panoramic X-ray machines to meet industry standards.
Inmate Ward Labor crews have already begun similar modifications at seven prisons in phase two of the program, scheduled for completion by mid-2014.
Those institutions include Calipatria State Prison, California Correctional Center, California Correctional Institution, Centinela State Prison, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, Deuel Vocational Institute, Ironwood State Prison, North Kern State Prison and Sierra Conservation Center.
Construction plans are being finalized for the last seven prisons in the program where dental clinic modifications are expected to be complete by December, 2014.
They include Avenal State Prison; Central California Women’s Facility; California Institution for Men; California State Prison, Corcoran; Pelican Bay State Prison; Richard Donovan Correctional Facility and Valley State Prison.
“CDCR continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing quality health care, including dental treatment to California inmates,” said Dr. Diana Toche, Undersecretary for Administration & Offender Services. “This has been a long road but it has been rewarding to see how well this plan has been implemented and how inmate patients are benefiting from this hard work.”