California Health Care Facility, Stockton (CHCF)

Main Phone: (209) 467-2500

Physical Address: 7707 Austin Road, Stockton, CA 95215 (Directions)

  • Inmates (include Inmate’s Name and CDCR number) for all facilities:
    •  P.O. Box 213040, Stockton, CA 95213

Visiting Inmates: learn how to visit inmates in-person or by video at our institutions.

Other Resources: explore family & friends resources, including how to contact or send packages to inmates in our institutions.

Stockton is the county seat of San Joaquin County located along the San Joaquin River in California’s Central Valley. There’s so much to see and do including visiting the Haggin Museum to learn about the local history or Micke Grove Regional Park with their Japanese garden and hiking trails. If you enjoy sports there’s the Stockton Heat, an affiliate of the Calgary Flames in the National Hockey League or the Stockton Ports, minor league affiliate of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. There’s the Stockton Waterfront host to local events and concerts and a fun place to visit during the summer months.

MickeGrove Regional Park
Stockton Waterfront

CHCF provides medical care and mental health treatment to inmates who have the most severe and long term needs. The 1.4 million square foot facility is certified to provide intermediate level care and to complement less acute treatment provided in other prisons operated by the CDCR.

This facility provides both outpatient and inpatient mental health services for patients with a serious mental disorder. The licensed Psychiatric Inpatient Program at this facility is designed to provide more intensive treatment for patients who cannot function adequately or stabilize in an outpatient program.

The 54-building complex is located in South Stockton on the site of the former Karl Holton Youth Correctional Facility. It provides housing and treatment for 2,951 inmate-patients provided by a professional health care staff of 2,500.

  • House inmate-patients of all security levels efficiently
  • Provide acute medical and mental health treatment safely and cost effectively
  • Provide opportunities for rehabilitation with programs such as vocational and academic training and substance abuse treatment

Gena Jones is the acting warden at California Health Care Facility (CHCF).

ceo shereef k. aref

Dr. Shereef K. Aref, MPH, MB B.Ch. REHS and CCHP, was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the California Health Care Facility on March 2, 2020.

He previously served as the CEO for the San Quentin State Prison including the Condemned Complex, Correctional Treatment Center, Psychiatric Inpatient Program, and Enhanced Outpatient Program of 200 outpatient beds. Prior to that he served at the California Correctional Center, including Northern California Fire Camps Medical Emergency Response Team operations for 18 camps distributed over Northern California.

During his more than 29-year state career, has served in a variety of capacities. These include chief executive officer, acting chief deputy warden, associate warden (correctional administrator), correctional counselor II and correctional health Services administrator II.

Also as regional administrator for Health Care Services, chief of Support Services for Health Care Services Division for California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) (formerly the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency), and chief of Plan Surveys and Consumer Services for the California Department of Managed Health Care.

Also as director of Permit Assistance for the California Environmental Protection Agency, among other positions.  Previous to that Dr. Aref was a practicing physician and surgeon in Egypt in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

He has worked at CDCR headquarters, San Quentin State Prison, California Correctional Center, California Institution for Men, California Rehabilitation Center, California State Prison at Los Angeles County and Chuckwalla Valley State Prison.

He been responsible for up to 23 million covered lives in managed care settings for quality of care and administrative capacity of the networks and up to 900-plus licensed beds at any one time over the years of service. He has been responsible for up to 78,000 total population of inmate patients in the Central Region of California (12 Institutions), Northern Region of California (11 Institutions) and various institutions at the Southern Region during his tenure with CDCR.

He holds a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in Health care administration and policy from UCLA and a medical degree from Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) and a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP). He was previously a member of the American College of Health Care Executives.

Local Inmate Family Councils (IFC’s) are a gathering of family and friends of the incarcerated who meet regularly with Wardens to support visiting since keeping strong family connections with loved ones is a powerful rehabilitative tool. These IFC’s promote visiting by clarifying rules and regulations as well as discussing health, education, vocational training, packages, books, and related issues. For more information on connecting with a local IFC, please visit the Statewide IFC website.