As if the closures of SCI Greensburg and SCI Cresson are not enough, the Department of Corrections has now put out a bid to privatize the Psychological services in the state prisons. And, once again, this was done without any prior notice to the unions, even after DOC Secretary Wetzel apologized for how our members found out about the closures. The DOC has even gone so far as to call in our members to inform them of the bid to privatize. All this while we are still struggling to get our 39 members affected by the SCI closures into new positions.
The Department of General Services put out the bid February 2, 2013 with a closure date of March 17, 2013. The DOG is requesting bids to privatize mental health services at all correctional institutions, including psychiatric staff for all institutions and all mental health staff for mental health units plus psychological staff for all institutions including specialized housing units.