DSH - Coalinga: Facilities
Department of State Hospitals - Coalinga is a 1,500-bed psychiatric hospital for repeat sexual offenders who have completed their prison sentence and have been committed for extended treatment. The maximum-security facility combines internal and external security with community oversight to meet the community's needs.
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A state-of-the-art security system, run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), surrounds the hospital. CDCR is responsible for external security. Working in close cooperation with the DSH staff, correctional officers operate sally ports to control entry and exit from the facility, observation towers, and perimeter patrols.
Internal security is the responsibility of DSH. DSH-Coaling's police services has over 225 sworn officers, and includes three trained canine units, an emergency response team, visitation supervision, property control, ground patrol as well as a detective unit and special investigators. The police services building also has a communications center with dispatch operators.
All employees are provided extensive training and supervision to ensure compliance with essential security policies and procedures. In addition, numerous internal security measures exist in a maximum-security setting:
- Census count - Maintenance of a patient count system is an essential part of the hospital. A physical count by unit employees of all patients at specified and unspecified times is required.
- Lockable units - enable internal lockdown in emergency situations.
- Uniforms and photo identification of all patients.
- All employees have photo identification and wear personal alarms.
- On-going escape risk assessments.
- Random searches of dorms and common areas to assist in the control of contraband.
- Metal detectors.
Community Safety Measures
Consistent with policy and procedures, all patients at the facilities are constantly and directly supervised. Peace officers will always accompany staff and supervise patients when escorting them off-grounds.
Patients will not be involved in off-grounds work activities.