Make a Difference in People's Lives

Use your skills to make a positive difference in the lives of incarcerated persons as they receive quality mental health care during their time in prison.

What to Expect

California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) is seeking full-time compassionate, knowledgeable psychiatrists to join our multidisciplinary mental health teams. At CCHCS, you can expect:

  • Collaborative, Multidisciplinary Teams within a Community of Colleagues
  • Rewarding Work with an Underserved/Underprivileged Population
  • Safety and Security provided by professional, well-trained Correctional Officers
  • Wide Variety of Geographic Settings including the Northern California Coast, the Bay Area, California Capitol, and Southern California
  • Work-life Balance with Flexible Schedules, including 4-day Workweeks at many Locations

Increased Salaries are Just the Beginning…

The past few years have seen dramatic shifts in the health care landscape. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) / California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) is poised to meet the evolving clinical care demands of our patient population while responding to the day-to-day needs of our dedicated providers.


$129,000 - $158,412 – Licensed

$109,284 - $130,788 – Pre-Licensed

Psychologists providing in-person care in an inpatient unit will receive:

$148,344 - $182,172 – Licensed

$125,676 - $150,396 – Pre-Licensed

*Depending on Experience – be sure to discuss Hire Above Minimum (HAM) options with your Hiring Analyst*

Recruitment and Retention Bonus for clinicians newly hired with the State of CA and providing in-person care has been restructured to provide a 1% bonus for the first 7 years, increasing by 1% year over year, maxing at a 7% bonus by year 7.

Future Salary Increases

In addition to this fiscal year’s increase to salaries, psychologists will also receive an additional 2.5% general salary increase in July 2024.

Additional Benefits of Working with CDCR/CCHCS

Join our psychologists benefit from a suite of comprehensive State of California benefits:

Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage: Full coverage to maintain you and your Family’s health and well-being.

Work-life Balance with Flexible Schedules: Enjoy 4-day workweeks at many of our locations for a better personal life balance.

Robust 401(k) and 457(b) Retirement Plans: Plan for your future with our generous retirement plans allowing tax deferral up to $46,000 - $61,000 per year.

State of CA Retirement that Vests in Five Years: Secure a stable future with our pension plan (details at

CE Annual Stipend of $500/year, Licensed Renewal Reimbursement, and Bi-Annual Allocation of 36 hours for CE: Invest in your professional development with our Continuing Education benefits.

No Insurance, Worker’s Comp, or Disability Paperwork.

Rewarding Work with an Underserved / Underprivileged Population: Make a difference in the community while building your career.

Generous Paid Time Off and Holiday Schedule: Ensure ample time off for relaxation and personal activities.

Collaborative, Multidisciplinary Teams: Work in a supportive environment with a community of colleagues.

Safety and Security: Benefit from the professionalism of our well-trained Correctional Officers.

Potential NHSC Loan Repayment: Eligibility for loan repayment depending on your work location.

Dedicated Assistance with Visa Sponsorship & Wide Variety of Geographic Settings: From the Northern California Coast to Southern California, we support your relocation and integration into the community.

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PO Box 588500, Elk Grove, CA 95758

CDCR/CCHCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer