Steps Taken: For Custody Health Services, training curriculum in the listed areas of focus has been developed and is ongoing with clinical medical staff, custody staff (MSDs), mental health staff (MFTs & LCSWs). This includes RNs, Psychologists, Nurse Practitioners and Psychiatrists. It is offered in all the available and various formats to allow for comprehensive global training of all staff.
Suicide prevention and assessment training was provided to Custody Health staff in October of 2016, with video refreshers for new and existing staff. Full-day Annual Review Day (ARD) training is offered to nursing and clinical staff annually. This year, topics included: Workplace Safety, Gangs in Our Jails, as well as Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
The CHS component of this Summarized Recommendation is complete.
The Sheriff’s Office agrees with these recommendations and continually evaluates training to ensure inmate and staff safety. A timeline and update on training is provided to the Finance, Government and Operations Committee and the Public Safety and Justice Committee quarterly. Many of these trainings are already being implemented, while others are pending policy revisions.
The Sheriff’s Office has been able to make significant progress on training. Four hours of PREA training is provided in the academy, and custody bureau staff complete 2 hours of biannual refresher training. All Custody Bureau staff has completed 16 hour Behavioral Health and De-Escalation training. All Sheriff’s Office staff will complete Crisis Intervention Training by December 2019. Implicit Bias training is on-going. The Sheriff’s Office has completed overview training on the new LGBTQI policy and will conduct more in-depth training beginning in July. The Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Probation Department to adapt their training curriculum on Gender Responsiveness to a custody setting and began training in February. The Office is also completing Mindfulness Training this quarter and will continue to provide quarterly reports on training to the Public Safety and Justice Committee on all training topics.
This Summarized Recommendation has been completed.
Budget Status: The Board approved the following:
- FY 2017 Adopted Budget: $215,000 to support staff attendance at training for Implicit Bias Training, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, and Americans with Disabilities Act training.
- May 2016: Agreement with Sabot Consulting to provide ADA training and use of force training to DOC and Custody Health Services staff.
County Administration and the departments are evaluating to determine if additional resources are needed.
Source Report(s): Sheriff’s Jail Reform Plan, Human Relations Commission, Commission on the Status of Women, Civil Grand Jury, Zisser, Department of Justice, Blue Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations
Responsible Department(s): Sheriff’s Office, Custody Health Services
Master List Nos.: 109, 133, 136 – 145, 179, 203, 204, 343-346, 453 – 455, 457- 465, 503, 507, 538 - 542
Review Date: FGOC reviewed on December 19, 2016.