Correctional Medical And Mental Health Treatment Facilities

Client: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)

Size: 45,000 - 65,000 sq. ft.

Completion: 2005 - 2013

Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build

Location: Multiple Projects At Six CDCR Facilities - Throughout California


In 2006 Nacht & Lewis was selected to design the next generation of correctional medical and mental health facilities for California Department Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). These were mandated to satisfy the Coleman and Plata lawsuits.

Mental Health Housing and Treatment Facilities
These facilities range in scale from 45 to 64-beds and they are designed to address the mental health treatment needs of CDCR inmate-patients requiring short-term crisis care, acute care and intermediate care. Each facility is “stand alone” at approximately 45,000 to 60,000 gross square feet. In addition to the treatment and housing components of the facilities, patient services include laboratory, phlebotomy, radiological services, dietetic services, pharmacy and a trauma and triage area consisting of a medical observation room, treatment room and nurse station area. Support areas include: administrative offices (second floor) for senior and staff level treatment providers with appropriate staff lockers, lounge and conference room facilities.

Enhanced Outpatient Treatment Facilities
These treatment facilities are designed to provide outpatient services for general population and administrative segregation inmates. The planning is prioritized for visual supervision of all inmate accessible treatment room doors from the custody stations, which also have visual control over the building entries. The buildings include: classrooms, group rooms, recreational therapy rooms, interview rooms, interdisciplinary treatment conference rooms and administrative offices and support space.

Key Features:

  • OSHPD 4 Licensed Correctional Treatment Centers
  • Compressed Design Schedule, Nine Months Including Public Works Board Approval
  • Sally Port Design and Perimeter Expansion Including New Guard Towers and Lethal Fencing
  • Large Site Grading Requirements
  • Adjacent to Operating Facilities
  • Energy Efficient Materials and Building Systems
  • Integrated Solar Rooftop Panels or Site Solar Arrays
  • LEED Silver and Gold

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