Department of State Hospitals (DSH) – Stockton

History | Patient Population | Hospital Staff | Treatment and Programs | Accreditation | Community

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The Department of State Hospitals-Stockton, located on the campus of the California Health Care Facility (CHCF), is the newest intermediate-level health care facility in our system having opened in 2013. The 1.2 million square-foot facility is located in San Joaquin County on 400-acres and is the largest and most modern correctional medical facility in the nation.

DSH-Stockton is one of three forensic inpatient psychiatric programs located on state prison campuses. The programs each provide around-the-clock mental health services to adult correctional inmates.


The hospital currently operates about 514 beds for one commitment category of patient are described below:

Mentally Ill Prisoners transferred from CDCR (PC 2684)

These inmate-patients suffer from a major mental illness that has diminished their ability to function within a prison environment.  The goal of treatment is to restore the patient to such a level as to allow the patient to function within the correctional setting again.


Approximately 815 employees work at DSH-Stockton providing around-the-clock care, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, psychiatric technicians, registered nurses, and other clinical and administrative staff.


The hospital provides mental health services to inmates from California prisons under provisions of PC 2684. Criteria for admission to DSH-Atascadero under this program includes an active Axis I major mental disorder. The focus of treatment is to stabilize symptoms so that the inmate/patient can function successfully in prison.


This facility is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The Joint Commission conducts unannounced surveys of this hospital at least every three years. The purpose of the survey is to evaluate the hospital’s compliance with nationally established Joint Commission standards. The survey results are used to determine whether accreditation should be awarded and under what conditions that happens. Joint Commission standards deal with organization quality, safety of care issues and the safety of the environment in which care is provided.


About 250 members of the staff at DSH-Stockton live in Stockton. The rest reside within a 70 mile radius.

The hospital is a partner with Delta College which provides the hospitals with graduates from the psychiatric technician education program. The hospital also works with Touro University in Vallejo for rotations of psychiatry students who train at our facility.



DSH - Stockton
7707 South Austin Road
Stockton, CA 95215 (San Joaquin County)
Public: (209) 467-2525