DSH - Metropolitan: Visitor Information

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

Visiting Hours

Visits from relatives and friends are an important part of the Patient’s therapeutic progress.  No authorized visit will be denied unless such a visit is considered therapeutically harmful.  All Patients retain the right to decline visits from anyone.

Visiting hours in Programs I, II and VI are 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. daily.  Out-of-state visitors, those who have traveled a considerable distance or demonstrate special circumstances, may be permitted to visit outside regular visiting hours.

Visiting hours in Penal Code Programs III and V are 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. daily.  These hours and visitations are subject to additional restrictions.  It is recommended that visitors review current visiting policy with program staff prior to their visit.

Minors visiting Patients must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the supervision of the minor.

It is recommended that advance notice be given when planning a visit to ensure the Patient is available (not in clinics, groups, etc.) and prepared for visitors.

The hospital is handicapped accessible.


Metropolitan State Hospital is a tobacco free facility. No use of tobacco in any form is allowed on the hospital grounds.