The Department of Mental Health is proud to welcome its newest addition...
California’s newest state mental health hospital and the first constructed in more than a half century was dedicated on August 24, 2005. Federal, State, and local dignitaries touted the facility as a leading example for mental health service delivery for challenging populations as well as an economic engine for the Central Valley. The Department of State Hospitals (DSH) - Coalinga began treating forensically committed individuals – mostly sexually violent predators who were transferred from DSH - Atascadero – in early September 2005.
Construction was completed on the new state hospital in the summer of 2005. The hospital sits on 320 acres and is comprised of 1.2 million gross square feet of floor space. At full capacity, the facility will house 1,500 individuals and employ approximately 1,600 staff.
Located at the edge of the Coastal Mountain Range in the heart of California in the City of Coalinga is the site for the facility. The City of Coalinga is ten miles west of Interstate 5. It is halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and sixty miles southwest of Fresno, California's sixth largest city. The beach communities of Monterey, Morro Bay, and Pismo Beach are within easy driving distance as are the Sequoia, Kings, and Yosemite National Parks.
This small, rural community of approximately 16,000 people is an ideal location in which to settle and escape the traffic and congestion found in the larger cities of California. We enjoy the strong and enthusiastic support of a progressive and family friendly community.
If you have not had a chance to visit Coalinga in recent years, we are in the midst of a housing boom with an estimated 1,000 new homes in the planning stages for the next few years. Housing prices remain affordable. Community members are very accepting and eager to have our mental health professionals join their community. Plus, Coalinga is a very clean and nice hometown. Our climate is mildly seasonal compared to other Valley locations and its 676-foot elevation mitigates fog.
Please take a look at the exciting career opportunities available at Coalinga’s new state-of-the-art forensic facility, Coalinga State Hospital.