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TREATMENT and TRANSFORMATION

With more than 70% of the Los Angeles County inmate population reporting serious medical and/or mental illness or substance-use disorders, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and County Health Agency have partnered to develop the Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility. The new facility—built within the footprint of the aging and deteriorated Men’s Central Jail, which is scheduled for demolition—is envisioned to become a national model in the way medical and mental health services are provided to the growing inmate-patient population in the criminal justice system. By embarking on this project, Los Angeles County is investing in and making significant improvements to the delivery of healthcare for its inmate-patients.

The Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility will create a paradigm shift in the way Los Angeles County cares for inmate-patients, with a focus on treatment and rehabilitation, rather than just incarceration. The facility will provide educational, rehabilitation, and life skills programs that will help rebuild lives, and facilitate reintegration into society, thereby reducing recidivism and enhancing public safety. Los Angeles County is also increasingly investing in alternatives to incarceration for eligible individuals, including partnering with community-based mental health programs.

THE NEED

In the 1980s, mental health facilities were closed throughout the state, leaving a vulnerable population untreated. With reduced secure mental health facilities, there are limited treatment options for people in the criminal justice system who have a mental health diagnosis, leading to their incarceration in facilities not equipped to meet their needs.

Existing County correctional facilities, including Men's Central Jail built in the 1960s and 1970s, were not designed to treat inmates with severe medical and/or mental health conditions and substance-use disorders. As a result, the County is committed to demolish the existing Men’s Central Jail, and utilize the site to construct the new, treatment-centric Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility.

VISION

The new Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility will help rebuild lives, encourage rehabilitation, reduce recidivism, and enhance public safety. The County’s goal is to focus on the treatment and rehabilitation of inmate-patients rather than just incarceration, by providing improved medical, mental, and substance-use treatment, and life skills programs, to ease and encourage reintegration into society and reduce recidivism.

More than 70% of the current inmate population report having a serious medical and/or mental illness or substance-use disorder upon initial assessment.

WHAT MAKES THE CONSOLIDATED CORRECTIONAL TREATMENT FACILITY DIFFERENT?

  • Increased healthcare space for enhanced monitoring and treatment
  • Increased space for program and recreation to support improved healthcare for inmate-patients
  • Expanded visitation facilities to include contact visits and promote family involvement
  • Replacing general population beds with inmate-patient beds to treat different levels of acuity, addressing mental health, detoxification, and other medical needs
  • Provide integrated "wrap-around" services to better connect inmate-patients with applicable programs within both custody- and community-based organizations to ease reintegration back into society

EXAMPLES OF PROPOSED PROJECT FEATURES

New Inmate Reception Center (IRC)

  • The new IRC will serve as the central hub for the processing of inmates entering and exiting the criminal justice system
  • The new IRC will be designed to improve and expedite the assessment of medical and mental health needs upon initial intake processing, through the co-location of custody, medical and mental health staff in a single location
  • The new IRC will connect inmate-patients exiting the criminal justice system with wrap-around services, including those provided by community-based groups, to assist them in their transition back into society and thus reduce recidivism

Correctional Treatment Center (CTC)

  • Expand the available licensed in-patient beds and treatment space for acute-mental health treatment programs
  • Dedicated medical area to house inmate-patients who do not require general acute-care level of medical services
  • Mental health units would provide licensed in-patient care for the most acutely mentally ill inmate-patients in the jail system
  • Increased efficiency in treatment and care for inmate-patients
  • Seamless transition to housing units and programs for rehabilitation