The state’s prison system plans to build a new 50-bed mental health facility in Chino for Southern California inmates.
ICE reported “24,476 of the 185,507 inmates in the federal Bureau of Prisons system were not citizens…” THE NEW YORK TIMES Dec. 22, 2017
Working, drawing and preliminary plans are budgeted in at $3.6 million and will probably be completed at the end of 2019,” Bill Sessa, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), told the Chino Champion newspaper.
He noted there is a shortage of mental health beds in Southern California.
CDCR is required by law to provide mental health care to inmates, from counseling to medications to crisis beds, Sessa said.
The proposed facility would be located at the California Institution for Men in Chino, the March 31 story said.
The 48,000-square-foot hospital would be built inside the prison and will cost $56.6 million, Sessa said.
There are currently 373 beds for mental health patients in CDCR prisons, Sessa said.
Local opposition has surfaced in the past over such plans.
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