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The Department of State Hospitals-Salinas Valley is located on the campus of Salinas Valley State Prison in Monterey County. The facility opened in 2003, as a joint venture between DSH and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

DSH-Salinas Valley 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 177 beds for one primary 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 408 employees work at DSH-Salinas Valley 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.


About 80 employees of DSH-Salinas Valley live in Salinas. The rest reside within a 70 mile radius.