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Ralph Coleman, Et v. Edmund G. Brown

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


June 15, 2012

RALPH COLEMAN, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
v.
EDMUND G. BROWN, JR., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

ORDER

On June 12, 2012, Defendants filed an ex parte request that this Court modify certain existing orders relating to their long-range mental health bed plan filed over a two-year period between 2009 and 2010. In addition, Defendants submitted data related to a revised mental health bed plan that they recently submitted for legislature review and funding.

Defendants' existing long-range mental health bed plan was based on Navigant Consulting's spring 2009 population projections to 2013. Defendants' newly revised plan uses mental health bed need projections to 2013, but updates the projected need based on McManis Consulting's spring 2012 population projections. John Misener (previously with Navigant Consulting) is the lead author and forecaster for the spring 2012 population projections.

Defendants request that the Court modify its January 4, 2010 order to the extent that it requires Defendants to create bed capacity based on the spring 2009 population projections. Defendants seek an order requiring them to create bed capacity based on the spring 2012 population projections. Defendants also ask the Court to modify or vacate several of its prior orders relating to bed capacity, facility use, and or full occupancy date so that they can fully implement their revised mental health bed plan.

On June 13, 2012, plaintiffs filed a response in part agreeing with and in part opposing defendants' application.

Good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AS FOLLOWS:

1. The Court's January 4, 2010 order (Docket No. 3761) approving in substantial part Defendants long-range mental health bed plan shall be modified to allow Defendants to implement their revised mental health bed plan:

a. Defendants shall substitute McManis Consulting's spring 2012 population projections to 2013 in place of Navigant Consulting's spring 2009 population projections to 2013.

b. Based on concerns raised by the Special Master and Plaintiffs, the Court orders Defendants to continue working with the Special Master to clarify the use of "trued" projections. The Special Master shall include Plaintiffs in this process as appropriate.

c. Based on concerns raised by the Special Master and Plaintiffs, the Court orders Defendants to continue working with the Special Master to address the issue of incorporating Defendants' use of alternative placements and Outpatient Housing Units for inmates who require crisis care in future Mental Health Bed Need population projections. The Special Master shall include Plaintiffs in this process as appropriate. To the extent this process identifies increased mental health crisis bed need above that projected by the McManis spring 2012 projections, Defendants shall be required to ensure adequate beds to meet this need. Excess capacity built into the revised bed plan can be used to meet this need.

d. Defendants' proposed revised bed plan does not include a sufficient number of male EOP ASU beds. Pursuant to paragraph 1(b) of this order, defendants will continue to work with the Special Master to clarify the use of "trued" projections. As part of this process, defendants shall ensure that sufficient EOP ASU beds are planned. The Special Master shall include plaintiffs in this process as appropriate.

2. The following orders concerning construction and conversion projects in Defendants' existing bed plan shall be modified to allow Defendants to implement their revised mental health bed plan:

a. January 4, 2010 (Docket No. 3761) with respect to Construction and Conversion Projects at Salinas Valley State Prison, California Medical Facility, California State Prison, Sacramento, California Health Care Facility, Estrella, and Stark:

(1). Salinas Valley State Prison - revise 27 short-term

EOP-ASU beds (converted to permanent in existing long-range mental health bed plan) to 19 EOP-ASU beds;

(2). California Medical Facility - revise the project to construct treatment and office space for the existing EOP-GP and EOP-ASU populations and convert existing housing for 67 EOP-GP male inmates with a project to construct treatment and office space only;

(3). California State Prison, Sacramento - revise the project to construct treatment and office space and convert housing for 152 PSU male inmates with a project to construct treatment and office space and convert housing for 128 PSU inmates;

(4). Salinas Valley State Prison - revise the project to construct treatment and office space for 300 EOP-GP inmates and convert existing housing for 108 EOP-GP male inmates with a project to construct treatment and office space only;

(5). California Health Care Facility - revise the project to construct 137 MHCBs, 43 Acute beds, and 432 ICF beds with a project to construct 98 MHCBs, 82 Acute beds, and 432 ICF beds;

(6). Estrella - eliminate the project to construct 150 EOP-GP beds and 40 EOP-ASU beds; and

(7). Stark - eliminate the project to construct 30 MHCBs.

b. September 24, 2009 (Docket No. 3686), ordered full staffing and activation by 2013; January 4, 2010 (Docket No. 3761), approved Dewitt subject to 2013 full occupancy date; and March 24, 2010 (Docket No. 3823), ordered Dewitt to be fully occupied by the end of 2013 with respect to Dewitt:

(1). Revise the project full occupancy date so that Defendants are not required to fully occupy Dewitt by the end of 2013. Defendants are granted an extension to and including May 31, 2014 to fully occupy Dewitt. Defendants shall file an activation schedule for Dewitt consistent with this order and prior orders.

c. January 4, 2010 (Docket No. 3761), ordered bed plan for 70 female EOP-GP inmates with respect to Central California Women's Facility:

(1). Revise the project to construct treatment and office space and convert existing housing unit beds to 70 EOP-GP beds with a project to construct treatment and office space for the existing 54 EOP-GP beds only.

d. October 18, 2007 order (Docket No. 2461), approving Defendants August 2007 supplemental bed plan that included project to convert housing to 150 EOP-GP beds and to construct treatment and office space to service 150 EOP-GP inmates; and January 4, 2010 order (Docket No. 3761), approving conversion and construction project with respect to California State Prison, Los Angeles County:

(1). Revise the project to construct treatment and office space and convert housing for 150 EOP-GP inmates with a project to construct treatment and office space for 100 EOP-ASU inmates only.

e. June 18, 2009 (Docket No. 3613), approving short and intermediate-term projects with respect to California State Prison, Los Angeles County:

(1). Make Defendants' short-term project to add 20 temporary

EOP-ASU beds permanent;

f. June 21, 2010 (Docket No. 3865):

(1). Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility - make

Defendants' intermediate-term project to create a 150-bed Level IV Enhanced Outpatient Program-Sensitive Needs Yard program permanent.

3. Based on concerns raised by the Special Master and Plaintiffs concerning Defendants' revised bed plan, the Court also orders the following:

a. No currently operating temporary mental health program will be decommissioned unless there is adequate alternative capacity to accommodate future need in that level of care. In addition, at least thirty days before decommissioning any operating temporary mental health program, Defendants shall notify the Special Master of their intent to decommission the program and shall provide a copy of that notice to Plaintiffs' counsel.

b. Defendants' request to modify the number of intermediate care facility beds available at Atascadero State Hospital from 256 to 206 is premature. Further consideration of the request is deferred until the hearing set for July 13, 2012.

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