The mission of the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) is to provide evaluation and treatment to patients in a safe and responsible manner, while seeking innovation and excellence in hospital operations across a continuum of care and settings. DSH was established on July 1, 2012 in accordance with Chapter 29, Statutes of 2011 (Assembly Bill 102). Assembly Bill 102 reorganized the Department of Mental Health, which was formerly responsible for managing the State Hospital system and community mental health services.
DSH is comprised of five state hospital facilities and three psychiatric programs. DSH is responsible for the daily care and provision of mental health treatment of over 6,000 patients. DSH population is comprised of forensic and civilly committed patients.
Since department programs drive the need for infrastructure investment, the department has a related capital outlay program to support this need. For the specifics on the Department of State Hospitals' Capital Outlay Program see "Infrastructure Overview."