Severe Mental Health Disorder Evaluator Resources

Pursuant to Penal Code (PC) section 2962(d)(2), when there is a difference of opinion between psychologists from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Department of State Hospitals, the Board of Parole Hearings is required to assign two independent evaluators to resolve the difference of opinion.

Severe Mental Health Disorder evaluations for mentally ill prisoners or parolees are conducted at CDCR prisons, county jail facilities or state hospitals throughout the state.

The Board has grouped the 34 existing adult prisons located throughout the state, including Atascadero and Patton State Hospital into 14 panels based their geographic proximity to each other. Psychologists can view evaluator participation by panel in the Evaluator Panels.

If you are interested in becoming an independent evaluator for the Board of Parole Hearings, you must submit and application to the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) for approval.The DSH accepts applications from May 1 to June 30 of each year. Licensed, qualified psychologists and psychiatrists are encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions about the application process please call DSH at or by phone at (916)651-8543.

If you have any questions about the BPH appointment panels, and fee structure, please contact BPH at  or by phone at (916)445-4072.

2019 Severe Mental Health Disorder Orientation Sessions for Independent Evaluators

Independent evaluators are required to attend mandatory orientation which is held annually in September in Northern and Southern California.

Northern CaliforniaSouthern California
Date: September 10, 2019Date: September 24, 2019
Start Time: 8:00 AMStart Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PMEnd Time: 5:00 PM
Location: 1600 K Street, 3rd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814Location:  21015 Pathfinder Road, 2nd Floor, Diamond Bar, CA 91765