SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Frustration with a council that is supposed to advise the prison system, state agencies and law enforcement about mental health treatment has led the California Senate leader to call for changes in how it is overseen.
The Council on Mentally Ill Offenders has been without an executive director for more than two years.
As a result, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is proposing to switch oversight from the state Corrections Department to the Board of State and Community Corrections.
The council was created to recommend cost-effective ways to keep the mentally ill from committing crimes.
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration had said the state couldn't afford an executive director.
After The Associated Press began making inquiries, the corrections department announced it is now committed to funding the director's position.