A Treatment Program for the Developmentally Disabled Mentally Retarded Offender

Published date01 April 1986
DOI10.1177/003288558606600110
Date01 April 1986
Subject MatterArticles
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A
Treatment
Program
for
the
Developmentally
Disabled
Mentally
Retarded
Offender
Norm
Kramer*
*The
author
is
program
director
of
Camarillo
State
Hospital’s
I nter-
mediate
Care
Facility
for
the
Developmentally
Disabled.
Camarillo
State
Hospital
and
Developmental
Center
(C.S.H.D.C.),
a
facility
which
treats
both
mentally
and
developmentally
disabled
individuals,
is
administered
by
the
California
State
Department
of
Developmental
Services
and
is
located
near
the
city
of
Camarillo,
California.
One
of
the
hospital’s
programs,
which
consists
of
five
residen-
tial
treatment
units,
has
a
housed
bed
capacity
of
169
and
averages
160
treatment
staff.
Of
the
five
units,
three
treat
the
develop-
mentally
disabled
offender.
The
program
is
licensed
by
the
state
under
Title
22
as
an
Intermediate
Care
Facility
for
the
Develop-
mentally
Disabled
and
is
certified
by
the
federal
government
through
the
Departmentof
Health
and
Human Services(H.C.F.A.)
for
federal
reimbursement.
The
program
received
an
initial
two-
year
accreditation
in
1983
and
completed
the
resurvey
in
October
1985,
with
the
expectation
of
an
additional
two-year
accreditation.
Program
Description
Two
units
treat
adult
males
and
one
unit
houses
both
male
and
female
juveniles.
Admissions
criteria
include
an
I.Q.
range
from
55
up
or
an
ability
to
comprehend
and
participate
in
the
rather
sophis-
ticated
behavioral
programming
the
program
provides.
All
individuals
are
committed
by
the
judicial
system
under
the
following
commitment
codes:
1.
Section
6500
of the
Welfare
aud
lustitutiorus
Code:
Allows
for
a
maximum
of
one-year
commitment
for
an
individual
who
has
been
proven
to
be
develop-
mentally
disabled
and
a
danger
to
self
or
others.
This
code
can
be
utilized
to
recommit
an
individual
at
the
termination
of
the
original
commitment.
but
the
above
criteria
must
again
be
proven
in
a
court
of
law.
2.
Section
1.’170.1
of the Penal
Code:
Allows a maximum
three-year
commitment
if
thp
individual
has
been

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