CDCR TAKES BACK INMATE HEALTHCARE CONTROL FROM FEDERAL RECEIVER
Today the state is taking back control of 2 key parts of its prison healthcare system, after six years not being in charge. CDCR officials say it started after a lawsuit over healthcare access for an inmate at Pelican Bay State Prison that alleged some serious inadequacies in the system. A federal judge then appointed a federal receiver to take control of the inmate healthcare system. Now that federal receiver is delegating authority back to California, returning today responsibility for inmate access to care, and new facility activation.
Overseeing all aspects of a 1-billion dollar medical facility for inmates, under construction right now in Stockton, is part of that return of responsibility to the department of corrections. The federal receiver said it will likely be spring before he returns other responsibilities back to state control. State officials have lobbied for the end of the receivership, saying they can provide medical care more cheaply and efficiently.