The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 3, 2010
California to break ground on new prison medical facility

101102 Shovel.jpgEditor's note, 6:25 p.m.: This post has been updated to include cost and economic impact statistics from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and California Prison Health Care Services will break ground Thursday morning for a 1,722-bed, 1.2 million-square-foot medical facility for inmates southeast of Stockton. The ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. with several officials on hand, including Receiver J. Clark Kelso and CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate.

According to Corrections, the cost of construction is estimated to be $738 million. The total project cost is estimated at $906 million.

Construction will support nearly 5,500 construction jobs, including up to 1,700 construction workers a day on site. Construction will generate more than $1 billion in economic impact.

The facility will create more than 2,400 civil service jobs and have an annual payroll in excess of $220 million.

With funding from California Prison Health Care Services, San Joaquin Delta College intends to expand its accredited psychiatric technician program to be able to fill required CHCF positions. The college will ramp up its program over three to four years to graduate 270 students in the contract term.

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