California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation California Health Care Facility (CHCF)

Main Street
CHCF Site Aerial
Central Security Hub on Main Street
Typical Exam Room
Dental Clinic in Facility Shared Services
Dialysis in Facility Shared Services
Enclosed Nurses' Station
Inmate Dayroom
Mental Health Housing
Inmate Visitation
Permanent Work Crew (PWC) Housing
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
Stockton, California, USA

CHCF-Stockton is a 1,722-bed intermediate, medical and mental health care facility for inmate-patients of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prison system. It was designed and constructed to consolidate facilities for long-term medical inmate-patients, as well as acute and intermediate mental health inmate-patients in one central location for more efficient and cost-effective delivery of services. The new, sub-acute health care facility will allow California Prison Health Care Services to provide the required Constitutional level of care to inmate patients from across the state. Located in Stockton, the facility occupies 77 acres of the 144-acre site of the former Karl Holton Youth Facility.

CHCF will provide quality care within the context of a correctional setting appropriate to this inmate-patient population. From planning and design, through organization, staffing and operations, this facility emphasizes an environment which is conducive to appropriate levels of treatment, and programs for both medical and mental health inmate-patients. The project is designed to create a healing environment based on principles of evidence-based design, which contribute to improvements such as decreased lengths of stay and reduced infection rates. The facility is also designed to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

This new facility will provide for the long-term care needed for a rapidly aging inmate population—with a wide variety of serious and chronic medical and mental health issues—in a safe and secure environment. CHCF represents the initial implementation of the CDCR Medical Classification System. Inmate patients who qualify to be admitted for treatment at CHCF will be encouraged to take individual responsibility for managing and achieving recovery goals mutually established with healthcare professionals.


  • 2014 Selected for publication - Justice Facilities Review, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Academy of Architecture for Justice
  • 2014 Silver Award - Building Design+Construction's Building Team Awards
  • 2014 Winner - International Partnering Institute Awards
  • 2014 Merit Award - Design-Build Institute of America