Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) Closure Key Dates

Please note that CVSP closure timeframes are subject to change based on negotiations with Labor Organizations and pending the approval of the California Department of Human Resources.

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Closure of CVSP announcedDecember 6, 2022
Next Steps Time Line/CommunicationDecember 2022
Seniority Score Verification and Discrepancy Notifications will be issued to Riverside County employees informing them of their Seniority Score. Employees have 30 calendar days to respond as to whether they agree with the score or wish to appeal.

June 2024
CDCR/CCHCS Human Resources (HR) and Office of Labor Relations (OLR) staff will be onsite at identified location(s) within Riverside County to discuss how Seniority Scores are calculated, how they are used through this process, and how employees may appeal their Seniority Score during the “Challenge Period” 
June 2024
Preliminary seniority scores will be posted for Riverside County (excluding Military and Exempt service credit) corresponding with Voluntary Transfer Process (VTP) outlined

August 2024

The VTP is a mitigation opportunity for employees to retain employment and to avoid layoff by voluntarily transferring to another work location outside the county of layoff.

VTP Election Worksheets will be issued to employees appointed to impacted classifications, to afford them the opportunity to participate and prioritize the specific location(s) they would be willing to voluntarily transfer to outside the area of impact (county). Transfers will be awarded based on the number of overages, seniority, employee selections, and availability of viable positions where employees expressed interest.August 2024
CDCR/CCHCS HR staff will be available onsite to discuss VTP.August 2024
Employees will be notified of the results of the VTP. Employees successful in attaining a transfer through this process will secure a future permanent position outside of the
impacted county and be removed from the remaining processes.
September 2024
HR and OLR staff will work with local leadership to determine physical report dates for employees at the new work location based on operational need and labor agreements. Employees will be provided at minimum a 30‐day notice for physical report dates to the new work location. Employees who were unsuccessful in being placed through the VTP,
or who elected not to participate, will be provided information regarding next steps.
September ‐ October 2024

SROA/Surplus process provides an alternative to layoff as it provides employees hiring preference and restricts the methods of appointment available to appointing powers, including departments outside of CDCR/CCHCS.

SROA/Surplus Notices will be issued to potentially impacted employees in Riverside County. Employees will also be provided information regarding the SROA/Surplus

November 2024
Preliminary Seniority Scores will be posted (including Military and Exempt Service Credit).December 2024
SROA/Surplus Effective Date – HR, OLR and Office of Employee Wellness (OEW) staff will be available onsite at identified locations to discuss the next steps in the process regarding Employee Options Worksheets.December 2024

The Employee Options Process identifies employment options for impacted employees within the area of impact (county), including but not limited to, the ability to remain in their current classification, and/or demote, if necessary.

Employee Options Worksheets issued to impacted employees in Riverside County which includes information regarding bumping based on Seniority within the county of layoff
and potential layoff and Reemployment rights.
December 2024
CDCR/CCHCS HR and OLR staff will be onsite at specified location(s) available to answer questions related to Employee Options Worksheets.January 2025
Employees will be notified of the results of the Employee Options process.January 2025
The Seniority Score Listing will be finalized and posted to include Military and Exempt points.February 2025
Layoff effective date for the remaining employees unsuccessful in Employee Options process.March 2025

March 2025

Onsite Visits – In an effort to provide information and support, CDCR/CCHCS HR will host onsite sessions at CVSP and within county, throughout the release of various processes. During these onsite sessions, members of OLR, OEW, and respective program management such as Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) will also be available, as applicable.

Temporary Reassignments – As the incarcerated population at CVSP is reduced, employees from CVSP may be temporarily reassigned or placed on loan to other locations within the county based on operational needs. Such temporary reassignments are separate from any transfer process (i.e. VTP) or layoff activities as employees’ permanent positions will still be identified at CVSP. As such, CVSP employees, regardless of temporary assignments, will be afforded all applicable opportunities offered throughout the respective transfer processes and/or layoff activities.

Permanent Redirections –  At any time, CVSP employees may be permanently redirected to other locations within county to achieve full class mitigation. Mitigation means if employees in a classification can be placed in positions within county without the risk of further being impacted by closure processes. I.e., if there are enough vacancies for all in the classification and no potential for “bumping”).

Frequently Asked Questions – will be updated regularly and posted to CDCR/CCHCS intranet throughout this process to assist employees. In addition, questions may be addressed via email to the following:

CVSP closure – more info

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