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Title 15 Inspections for Corrections and Detentions

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IMQ provides on-site annual inspections of adult and juvenile detention facilities to assess all areas of medical/mental health care and nutrition for compliance with Title 15, California Code of Regulations, “Minimum Standards for Local Detention Facilities” (Adult) and “Minimum Standards for Juvenile Facilities.” Trained inspectors follow the California Board of State & Community Corrections (BSCC) guidelines in determining regulation applicability based upon the facility’s operation. Inspections are provided for Juvenile Halls, Special Purpose Juvenile Halls and Camps, Adult Type I, II, III and IV Facilities, and Adult Court and Temporary Holding Facilities.

Title 15 inspections begin with an Entrance Conference that provides time for introductions and a brief discussion of the day’s agenda. Attendees usually include representatives of custody and health care administration, plus invited staff and community personnel as determined by the facility. A facility tour is conducted, giving the inspector opportunities to directly observe processes in place and validate that the facility health care practices are in compliance with Title 15 standards.

During the course of the day, the inspector interviews key personnel and inmates/detainees. The inspector reviews custody and health care policies and procedures, as well as documentation of the Quality Management Program, annual reports, credential files, custody and health care staff training, meeting minutes, and peer review records. Additional documentation for review may include contracts/MOUs (hospitals, dental care), inmate/detainee health records, various logs, and pharmaceutical practices.

An Exit Conference at the end of the day gives the inspector an opportunity to present findings for discussion and clarification. A written report utilizing the BSCC forms will be sent to the facility commander/administrator, health care administrator and contract monitor (if applicable).