Important Health Information:  In-person visitations are resuming on April 21, 2021

Please read the below information carefully. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our visiting policies have changed.

Televisiting: We are still providing televisiting. Televisiting can be used as an option to in-person visiting. For further information please refer to the televisiting information.

In-Person visiting: Starting at 8 A.M. on Wednesday April 21, 2021 we are re-opening in-person visiting with new visiting room rules.

April 19, 2021 Update: The following units are quarantined, with no patient movement, including attorney and evaluator visits, until further notice, due to positive Covid-19 or suspected Covid-19 cases. Visiting may occur using the televisiting system. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

MA 1, MA 2, Unit 5, Unit 24

Visitation Scheduling ( NOTE: best viewed using Chrome)

Screening Process

  • In-Person visiting hours will be from 8 A.M. to 3:45 P.M. seven days a week.
  • Visitors should arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of their scheduled visit to allow time for screening and testing protocols.
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated patients are not permitted in-person visitation until fully vaccinated. We strongly encourage all visitors to be vaccinated. DSH-C does not provide the vaccine for visitors.
  • In-person visiting may be modified or suspended based on the hospital’s current COVID-19 conditions or as recommended by the CDC, CDPH and local Public Health Department guidance.
  • Visitors will park in the east parking lot.
  • When visitors walk up to the secured facility visitors will be screened starting at a screening tent located on the east end of the breezeway between the main administration building and the secure facility.
  • Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to being allowed to continue with the visiting process.
  • Visitors are screened for COVID-19 signs and symptoms and close contact with individuals with COVID-19 in the prior 14 days.
  • Visitors will have their temperature taken.
  • Visitors who are screened out will be asked to leave the hospital immediately and reschedule the visit.
    • Part of the screening process may require the visitor to be escorted to the nurses' tent for further screening.
  • Visitors are encouraged to test for COVID-19 prior to the visit.
  • A negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours of the visit can be used as proof of virus status and assist in the screening process.
  • If a visitor has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days but are no longer positive the visitor will be required to provide proof of the positive test.
  • No visitor who is currently positive for COVID-19 will be allowed to visit.
  • After passing the screening process the visitor will be directed to the nurses’ tent for a COVID-19 antigen test (if indicated) which involves a nasal swab performed by a hospital nurse.
  • Antigen testing of visitors 16 years of age and older is required for in-person visiting. A negative test is required for the visit.
  • After taking the antigen test the visitor will be able to continue with the entry process however the visitor will not be allowed to enter the visiting room until a negative antigen test is confirmed.
    • Visitors testing positive on the antigen test will be asked to leave the hospital immediately and reschedule the visit.
  • Risks associated with visitation shall be explained to patients and visitors.

Visiting Room Rules

  • Up to two adult visitors and a minor are allowed depending on the hospital ability to maintain transmission-based precautions and minor visitation policies.
    • Minor visitors will have to be preapproved per hospital visitation policy for minors.
    • Children who can visit should be able to follow infection control precautions and it is recommended all their routine vaccinations are up to date.
  • No group visits are allowed at this time.
  • Visits will be restricted to a maximum of 2 hours.
  • A maximum of 11 patients and 22 visitors not including minors, will be allowed in the Visiting Center during their pre-scheduled visiting time.
  • If the maximum capacity is reached, any visitor waiting will be allowed in on a one-in-one out basis.
  • All visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times, covering the nose and mouth, during the visit and while on hospital grounds.
    • The only exception is children under the age of two.
    • Adult visitors will be provided a surgical mask upon arrival.
  • Visitors and patients shall maintain a 6-feet distance during the visit.
  • Visitors will sanitize their hands both before and at the end of their visit by utilizing hand sanitizer dispensers.
  • All other facility policies related to visiting regulations, attire, and allowable items will remain in effect.
  • No food or drink is allowed during visitation.
  • Five minutes before the end of the visit the visitor may purchase food from the vending machines located in the visiting room.
    • The patient must take these food items back to their unit for consumption there.
  • Visitors may bring their prescribed medications.
    • Visitors will be briefly escorted outside when they need to take their medication if this occurs during the visit. Visitors will be able to obtain water from the drinking fountain.
  • A brief handshake or hug will be allowed at the beginning and end of each visit while wearing masks.
  • At all times patients and visitors will be monitored to ensure that social distancing protocols are maintained.
  • If there is an issue with non-compliance of the social distancing guidelines, the visitor and patient will be warned, and the rules will be reiterated to them.
  • If the issue continues the visit will be terminated and a report will be generated.
  • Visiting areas will be sanitized between visits.

Please note: You will be required to present your ID at the beginning of the web conference. The information provided will need to match what has been submitted, so please fill out the form with your legal name as it appears on your state-issued ID.

To make tele-visitation available as soon as possible, this process has been implemented while still in development. Due to current limitations and the need for individual background checks, only one visitor will be allowed per time slot. We hope to allow for multiple visitors at once as soon as possible.

Tele-visiting is not available on weekends or holidays.

Visiting Room Regulations

Welfare and Institutions Code 4139 makes it a misdemeanor to deliver to a patient in a State Hospital any of the following items:

  • A cellular telephone or wireless communication device or a component thereof such as a SIM card.
  • Tobacco products.
  • Money in excess of the limitations and restrictions adopted by the hospital.

Coalinga State Hospital encourages visits from relatives and friends. We recognize them to be an important part of the individual’s therapeutic process. Authorized visits will not be denied unless such a visit is declined by the individual, or deemed to be harmful to the individual.

Department of State Hospitals – Statewide Contraband List

In accordance with Welfare & Institutions Code Section 7295, to ensure its safety and security, the Department of State Hospitals has developed a list of items deemed contraband at every state hospital.

A. "Contraband" means materials, articles, or goods that patients are prohibited from having in their possession because such materials, articles or goods present a risk to safety and security in the facility. (Welf. & Inst. Code, 7295, subd. (i); Cal. Code Regs., tit. 9, 881, subd. (e).)

B. Items restricted to use only under supervision or control may be considered contraband for the purposes of this list, as they should not be in patient's possession without supervision. All items that are illegal to possess are by default considered to be contraband, whether specifically contained in this list or not. This includes any items prohibited as a condition of parole as it applies to any patient on active parole while housed in a DSH facility.

Statewide Contraband List

Site Specific Contraband List

Visiting Hours:

  • 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 7- days per week, including holidays *No visitors will be processed after 1:45 p.m.

***Maximum Group Size is 8 people (including patients)***

Visitor Processing and Required Identification:

  • Visitor processing takes approximately 30 minutes. Visitors will not be processed after 1:45 p.m., two hours before the closing of the visiting room.
  • Visitors must present a valid government issued form of photo identification, address, telephone number, vehicle license number if applicable and relationship to the Individual.
  • Visiting is on a first come, first serve basis. Should Visiting Room capacity be reached, some visitors may be asked to shorten their visit. Visiting may implement a rotation system if necessary.
  • This is a secure facility and for safety and security reasons visitors are subject to search.
  • Attorneys requiring room reservation for clients, please contact(559) 934-3061 or (559) 934-3062 at least two business days prior to requested date. Rooms are subject to availability.

Special Visitor Clearance Required:

  • Minors (under the age of 18), International visitors, former employees, students or contract employees of DSH, former patients and former CDCR Inmates or staff, must advise and/or obtain written permission prior to the visit. Please contact External Affairs for special instructions (559) 935-4099.


  • Visitors are expected to dress to meet the constraints of the hospital setting. Attire shall be conservative and non-revealing. Visitors not properly dressed will not be admitted into the visiting room.
  • Clothing that is prohibited is that which represents the uniform or clothing worn by Individuals, staff or officers. This includes scrubs and khaki colored clothing, etc.
  • Examples of inappropriate clothing; strapless garments, halter, bare midriff or tank tops (male or female), transparent clothing, wrap-around tops, under wire garments, shorts, or clothing with hoods. Skirts or dresses shorter than mid-thigh, exercise type clothing (i.e., spandex, leotards), excessively loose, skin-tight or excess clothing (i.e., hats, gloves). Clothing with language, images or symbols identified as gang or gang affiliated, clothing with logos that are derogatory or anti-therapeutic, e.g profane, disrespectful, sexual, or make reference to drugs, alcohol or criminal activity. Clothing with metal and/or gemstone decoration and clothing with hoods are not allowed.
  • Wigs will be permitted when worn for medical reasons and prior approval has been obtained from DPS.
  • Open toed shoes or shoes without a back strap are not allowed.
  • Jewelry should be kept to a minimum, e.g. a watch, a wedding band, one bracelet. No facial jewelry other than earrings that are 1/4" or smaller.
  • Visitors shall not wear any item that encircles the neck that could be used as a choking or strangulation device. Examples include, but are not limited to: neckties and scarves.
  • DSH-C is not responsible for damage or theft of any item brought into the Visiting Room.

Items Allowed in Visiting Room:

  • Up to $30.00 in $1.00 increments or unwrapped coins for use in vending machine.
  • Thirty (30) loose photographs. DPS will review the photographs to assure suitability.
  • Medication required by visitor is limited to life-sustaining medication only in pill form. Only the amount needed during the visit will be allowed. All medication must be accompanied by a note from the prescribing physician.  **no refrigeration capability exists for the Visiting Room**
  • Visitors may bring in food to be consumed in the Visiting Room. Containers may be opened and searched. Liquid refreshments provided by the hospital or
    otherwise available in the visiting room are allowed. Food items are limited and must be in clear plastic wrap or clear plastic containers.
  • Paper plates, plastic spoons and paper napkins are provided by the hospital. No other utensils are allowed.
  • Sharing of food with other visitors or Individuals is not permitted. Tables and area must be cleared of uneaten food or trash prior to leaving.
  • Direct transfer of property between Individual and visitor is prohibited. Property must be given to the Visiting Center Police Officer for proper handling.

Visiting Room Conduct:

  • Individual and visitor may embrace and kiss at the beginning and end of each visit which is limited to momentary contact.
  • During visit, the Individual and visitor may hold hands. Any other contact is prohibited and may result in termination of the visit.
  • Any misconduct may result in termination and violators may be subject to prosecution if determined to be a violation of the law.

Please note this is not a complete list of regulations.