Department of State Hospitals

About Department of State Hospitals

The Department of State Hospitals (DSH) manages the California state hospital system, which provides mental health services to patients admitted into DSH facilities. Department of State Hospitals is the largest forensic mental health hospital system in the world. The department strives to provide effective treatment in a safe environment and in a fiscally responsible manner. DSH oversees five state hospitals – Atascadero, Coalinga, Metropolitan (in Los Angeles County), Napa and Patton. Whether you're looking for a fast-paced, big city environment or something a bit more laid back with stunning beaches or picturesque wine country, you're sure to find a location that fits you!

All facilities are fully licensed by the California Department of Public Health, and must regularly meet or exceed regulatory standards to continue providing care.DSH was created by Governor Jerry Brown's 2012-13 Budget, which eliminated the Department of Mental Health by transferring its various functions to other departments. As of 2017, the department employs about 11,000 staff and serves approximately 10,000 patients annually in a 24/7 hospital system.

The California Department of State Hospitals Recruitment Team exists to help you start your career at DSH! Give us a call at (916 )654-2609, send an email to, or interact with us on social media to learn more and have all your questions answered.


Medical Services Intern

September 2019 - December 2019 Patton, CA
“The opportunities of networking that come with working in a hospital. ”
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