California Department of State Hospitals

  • Agency: California Department of State Hospitals
  • Address: 1600 9th Street, Rm. 151, Sacramento, 95814 CA
  • Chief:
Phone: (888) 881-4881

California Department of State Hospitals is located at 1600 9th Street, Rm. 151, Sacramento, 95814 CA. The California Department of State Hospitals phone number is (888) 881-4881.

California Department of State Hospitals News

The archway of Napa State Hospital's former castle featured statues that the hospital still possesses today. #tbt

Research shows that creative-arts therapy of all kinds, guided by a trained professional, can reduce pain and anxiety, help people cope with depression and trauma, and aid in treatments for addiction. Even engaging in creative work independently can help people find purpose, understand their emotions and connect with others.

In 1542, the Scottish throne went to Mary, Queen of Scots, a controversial monarch and the subject of this painting by a patient at Patton State Hospital. #ArtworkWednesdays

On Friday, November 2nd, Atascadero's first-ever class of dietetic interns graduated from the newly established dietetic internship program. Congrats to the Class of 2018: Olive B., Nicole F., Emily M. and Jason R.!

It's Comic Strip First Friday and #PDASRobo is wishing Napa State Hospital an early happy 143rd birthday! Napa opened on November 15, 1875 to ease overcrowding at the Stockton Asylum. Today, 2,400-plus staff provide year-round care and services to around 1,200 patients. Happy birthday, Napa!

It may not look like much, but this recycled exhaust fan that services several units at Atascadero State Hospital has some fascinating roots. The 75-year-old part used to power a WWII submarine! A second exhaust fan from a WWII submarine is also currently being used to pull air from the tunnel under the facility. The Plant Operations department has been able to acquire and reuse such parts over the years. Talk about going green! #tbt

Metro's Skilled Nursing Facility hosted a pumpkin patch fundraiser on Wednesday, October 24th, with all proceeds going to their pet therapy program. Pumpkins were transported from Santa Ynez to the hospital during the prior weekend for a fun fundraising event! What a great idea!

"Comfort" is by a patient at Patton. #ArtworkWednesdays

On October 10th, the Health & Wellness Committee at Napa hosted a Lunch & Learn event on Cooking with Seasonal Ingredients. About 50 staff learned to cook healthier, tastier meals using high-quality, hand-picked produce supplied by Farm Fresh To You. Of course, the cooking event ended with food sampling for all.

Last week, DSH's Recruitment Unit and IT teams held an info session with 30 student members of Sacramento State’s Management Information Systems Association (MISA). The teams shed light on potential IT career paths that students can take at DSH after graduation. DSH's IT subject matter experts - Catherine H., Kwan K. & Travis T. - provided insight into how IT impacts DSH as a whole. #careers #jobs

Metro held another successful career fair on Friday, October 19th from 10 am to 2 pm. By noon, nearly 200 applications had been submitted for a wide range of openings. #jobs #careers

Ellen Brannick was born in Rochester, Minnesota in 1934. She worked at Napa State Hospital from 1968 to 1998, serving last as its community liaison/public information officer. A year after she started digging into the hospital’s history on her own time, Governor Jerry Brown ordered the hospital to take inventory of buildings constructed before 1933, giving her the green light during the summer of 1980 to dig around on state time. Branded the hospital's unofficial historian, Ellen found scattered records and maps at the State Library in Sacramento. The hospital’s draftsman discovered a stack of original blueprints of many of Napa’s buildings buried in his office. With this, Ellen successfully dated many of Napa State Hospital’s buildings. Her feverish research also revealed that the hospital once had an underground railroad and dumbwaiter system that transported food and laundry between the wards and service buildings. Over time, she became a highly sought-after resource for historians, reporters and DSH staff. She died on April 12, 2017. #tbt Resources: *“Hospital history a 2-year search,” by Ginny McPartland, Vallejo Times Herald, January 11, 1981. *“Napa: The Transformation of an American Town,” by Laura Coodley, 2003. *"Napa State Hospital," by Patricia Prestinary, 2014. *“Ellen M. Brannick,” Oregon Mail Tribune, April 18, 2017.

"The Violinist" was drawn by a patient at Napa. #ArtworkWednesdays

Lady Gaga outlines her plan of attack against mental health stigma in the Oct. 9th opinion piece she penned for The Guardian, writing, "In too many places...those with treatable [mental health] conditions are criminalized. Bold action is long overdue." #CureStigma

For more than a decade, yoga has helped Cindy Maynard, a dietitian at DSH-Coalinga, get into the Zen zone. Now, her lunchtime yoga sessions are helping staff do the same. Yoga doubters won’t want to miss this 15th episode of Why I Work at DSH. #WIWatDSH

"Prince Harry has been a longtime advocate for mental health — and during his visit to Bondi Beach with wife Meghan Markle on Thursday, he shared why it’s so important to keep the conversation going."

On Wednesday, October 17th, Atascadero's Health & Safety Department hosted a "Sand, Sun & Safety Fun" event, featuring booths, games, demonstrations and prizes. Looks like they had a great time!

More than 20 law enforcement agencies, including Patton State Hospital’s Police Department, made their way via motorcade to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital for the 20th annual Cops for Kids Fly-In on Tuesday, October 16th. Five helicopters, 20-plus motorcycle officers and other vehicles descended on the campus lawn much to the delight of young hospital patients.

Drop! Cover! Hold On! This morning, at 10:18 a.m., millions of Californians will participate in the “Great California Shakeout” earthquake drill. DSH encourages you to participate in preparation for the state's next "big one." All you have to do is drop, cover and hold on. The drill coincides with DSH's Safety Week activities, during which we consider workplace safety. #ShakeOut

Female patients at Napa State Hospital could receive salon services, including shampoos, finger waves and manicures, as prescribed by the ward physician. Patients can still receive salon services today. #tbt

"Ode to Picasso" was co-created by patients at Metro. Through the group project, recreation therapists taught patients how to work as a team, build a positive community spirit, share creative ideas and styles, and practice acceptance. It took several 30- to 40-minute sessions over the course of one week to complete the collage. #ArtworkWednesdays

Atascadero's annual staff appreciation day held last week also featured a cool car show.

On October 4th, Coalinga held its annual Wellness Fair & Staff Appreciation Day, featuring a corn-hole tournament, cake walk, dunk tank, K-9 Unit demos, employee & supervisor of the month awards, food & product vendors, and flu shots for all!

Desiree G., a Music Therapist at Metro, facilitates a Court Competency Through Songwriting group for patients, helping them learn appropriate courtroom behavior and skills in preparation for returning to court. Recently, she demoed the song for executive staff. Two words: innovative & cool.