Saturdays, Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m;
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on designated holidays.
California Health Care Facility (CHCF) currently allows visiting on the
following holidays as
designated by Title 15: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
The Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS), found at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/visitors/index.html, is an online application offered as a service to help expedite the visitation process. VPASS attempts to alleviate many lengthy visiting wait time issues that are being seen around the state, while providing the flexibility for each institution to set up the system to meet their visiting needs.
VPASS will give the general public an opportunity to schedule their own appointment to be processed for visiting. The use of VPASS will help to alleviate the accumulation of visitors that show up at many different institutions first thing in the morning. Instead, all visitors can make appointments throughout the week (if available), which will ensure a more streamlined process. This will help reduce wait time and therefore, improve the quality of the visit. The system will also allow the visitors to receive information about any changes to the visitation at their institution either via email or on the system home page.
All VPASS Appointments will be available on every Sunday beginning 9:p.m. and may be scheduled four weeks in advance for General Population Inmates (GP) only. Two consecutive NO SHOW VPASS APPOINTMENTS will result in a four week probation at which time you may continue to visit but VPASS appointments will NOT BE HONORED. VPASS appointments made for a Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) inmate will not be honored. For SNY inmates, visitors will be processed on a first come first serve basis. All visitors may access VPASS for the visiting schedule. Visitors without VPASS appointments will be processed on a first come first serve basis beginning at 9:00 a.m.
You can view a variety of video demonstrations (demos) and review Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at the following website: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/visitors/index.html.
Visitors may call the CHCF Visiting Hotline for updates concerning visiting at (800) 374-8474. Visiting guide lines are available via the visitation tab on the CDCR website at www.cdcr.ca.gov. Visiting will be held on Saturdays, Sundays, and designated holidays. Visitor processing ends at 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and 2:30 p.m. on designated holidays.
Inmates/inmate patients housed in the Department of State hospital (DSH) will be allowed visits as determined necessary by the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team (IDTT) on a case by case basis. To schedule appointments for DSH inmates/inmate patients please call (209) 467-2662 Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Inmates/inmate patients housed in a Mental Health Crises Bed (MHCB) may be eligible for a non-contact visit when approved by the MHCB IDTT. To schedule appointments for MHCB inmates/inmate patients please call (209) 467-2662 Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Local Inmate Family Councils (IFC's) are a gathering of family and friends of the incarcerated who meet regularly with Wardens to support visiting since keeping strong family connections with loved ones is a powerful rehabilitative tool. These IFC's promote visiting by clarifying rules and regulations as well as discussing health, education, vocational training, packages, books, and related issues. For more information on connecting with a local IFC, please visit the Statewide IFC website.
Visiting Questionnaires should be mailed to California Health Care Facility P.O. Box 32050 Stockton, Ca 95213-0099 (Attention: Visiting)
The California Health Care Facility provides medical care and mental health treatment to inmates who have the most severe and long term needs. The 1.4 million square foot facility is certified to provide intermediate level care and to complement less acute treatment provided in other prisons operated by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The 54-building complex is located in South Stockton on the site of the former Karl Holton Youth Correctional Facility. It provides housing and treatment for 2,951 inmate-patients provided by a professional health care staff of 2,500 from CDCR, the Department of State Hospitals and the California Correctional Health Care.
Michael Martel, Warden (A).
Michael Martel has been acting Warden at California Health Care Facility (CHCF) since August 2016. Prior to his assignment as acting Warden, he held the position of acting Chief Deputy Warden at CHCF from January 2016 to August 2016.
Mr. Martel began his career with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 1981 as a Correctional Officer at San Quentin State Prison. He has worked in a number of positions and in a number of prisons including California Medical Facility-Vacaville, California State Prison-Sacramento, Deuel Vocational Institution, Folsom State Prison, Mule Creek State Prison and at Department Headquarters.