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.

The CDCR/CCHCS Difference

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) / California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) is seeking full-time compassionate, knowledgeable psychiatrists to join our multidisciplinary mental health teams.

At CDCR/CCHCS, you can expect:

  • Work-life Balance with Flexible Schedules, including 4-day workweeks at many Locations
  • No Insurance, Worker’s Comp, or Disability Paperwork
  • Collaborative, Multidisciplinary Teams within a Community of Colleagues
  • Generous medication formulary with no stimulants to manage
  • 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

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.

On-site Inpatient Unit:
$382,884 - $460,075 – Board Certified

$373,068 - $447,108 – Board Eligible
$338,712 - $406,992 – Board Certified

$330,024 - $395,520 – Board Eligible
$294,528 - $353,904 – Board Certified

$286,980 - $343,932 – Board Eligible

*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, psychiatrists will also receive an additional 2.5% general salary increase in July 2024.

Additional Benefits of Working with CDCR/CCHCS

Our psychiatrists enjoy not just increased salaries, but also a range of comprehensive State of California benefits:

Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage: Essential healthcare needs covered for you and your family.

Generous Paid Time Off and Holiday Schedule: Ample time for rest and personal pursuits.

Robust 401(k) and 457(b) Retirement Plans: Secure your future with tax-deferred retirement plans allowing you to defer up to $46,000 - $61,000 per year.

State of CA Retirement that Vests in Five Years: Long-term security with benefits that start in just five years (more details at

Annual Stipend of $2,500/year for CME costs and Annual Allocation of 56 hours for CME: Invest in your professional development with our Continuing Medical Education benefits.

Potential PSLF and NHSC Loan Repayment: You could be eligible for significant loan repayment through PSLF and, depending on your location, NHSC.

Paid license, and DEA renewal: And no need for malpractice insurance as a State employee.

Relocation Assistance: If you're new to state service in California, we’ve got the cost of your move covered.

Dedicated Assistance with Visa Sponsorship: We support your work visa needs.

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PO Box 588500, Elk Grove, CA 95758

CDCR/CCHCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer