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ABOLISHED 04/16/2015 ER PAY LETTER 15-13 - Chief Deputy, Clinical Services, Correctional Facility (2578)

ABOLISHED 04/16/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-13 - Chief Deputy, Clinical Services, Correctional Facility

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: SD82
  • Class Code: 2578
  • Established: 06/23/1982
  • Revised: 06/15/1993
  • Title Changed: 06/15/1993


Under administrative direction in a State correctional facility in the Department of Corrections, to plan, organize and direct the clinical treatment programs within the health services operation which includes a reception center; as a deputy, to assist the Warden of a State correctional facility in the formulation of overall policy for the health services operation; to act for the Warden in his/her absence; to provide inmate medical care during emergencies; to assess inmate medical and/or psychiatric conditions and evaluate inmate health care performed by medical staff; to maintain order and supervise the conduct of inmates; to protect and maintain the safety of persons and property; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

As Chief Deputy reporting to the Warden, is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the medical, dental and psychiatric inpatient and outpatient care and treatment program within the health services operation in a regional correctional hospital which includes a reception center; as a member of the Warden's policy-setting executive staff, formulates policies and procedures relative to effective hospital administration and represents the Warden in policy and decision making within the State correctional facility hospital services operation, the department, or with other agencies; serves as Warden in his/her absence as delegated by the Warden; administers, evaluates, and approves medical and psychiatric inpatient and outpatient treatment; supervises a large clinical staff which includes psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians and surgeons, social workers, therapists, nursing and related classes; directs custodial security staff in the inpatient psychiatric program; coordinates facility treatment functions with community health organizations by meeting with local government officials, agency representatives, community planning and advisory groups, volunteer groups, educational institutions and others; implements Federal and State laws and departmental treatment policies; assures that treatment services are developed within the context of an overall planned effort with explicit goals and objectives consistent with the mission of the Department of Corrections; assures that overall planning is relevant to the needs of the inmates/patients and consistent with community needs and the statewide delivery system within the resources available; coordinates with the Correctional Health Services Administrator, Correctional Facility, to assure that there is a full range of appropriate support services which provide quality care and programming to the inmates/patients; resolves problems and establishes policies pertaining to treatment service in conjunction with the Warden of the State correctional facility and the Correctional Health Services Administrator, Correctional Facility; ensures that the treatment services achieve and maintain compliance with licensing and certification regulation; arranges, as necessary, for consultation on difficult cases with medical authorities outside the State hospital; consults with staff members on unusual or difficult medical, surgical or other treatment problems; maintains order and supervises the conduct of persons committed to the California Department of Corrections; prevents escapes and injury by these persons to themselves, others or to property; maintains security of working areas and work materials; inspects premises and searches inmates for contraband, such as weapons or illegal drugs.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of the legal requirements for the practice of medicine in California as determined by the Medical Board of California or the California Board of Osteopathic Examiners. (Applicants who are in the process of securing approval of their qualifications by the Medical Board of California or the Board of Osteopathic Examiners will be admitted to the examination, but the Board to which application is made must determine that all legal requirements have been met before candidates will be eligible for appointment.) and Either I One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a medical class at least at a level of responsibility of Chief Psychiatrist, Correctional Facility or Chief Medical Officer, Correctional Facility.



Two years of medical experience as a clinical manager with responsibility for planning, organizing and directing a health care and treatment program including supervision of clinical and related staff. (State experience applied toward this requirement must at least be at the level of responsibility required under Pattern I above.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles, procedures and techniques used in planning, evaluating and administering a multidisciplinary medical/ psychiatric treatment program; principles and practices of personnel management and effective supervision; California law and rules pertaining to hospital administration; principles and practices of community organization, management and procedures; Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Formulate and manage a multidisciplinary patient treatment program; integrate the programs with the overall functions of the health services operation and the correctional facility; communicate effectively; work independently in identifying the need for developing proposed changes in program practices and procedures; analyze complex medical and administrative problems and take effective action; contribute effectively to the Department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Demonstrated leadership ability; empathetic understanding of patients of a State correctional facility; willingness to work in a State correctional facility; tact; patience; emotional stability; alertness; and keenness of observation.

Special Physical Characteristics

Persons appointed to this position must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well- being or that of their fellow employees or that of inmates.


Assignments may include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates and/or the protection of personal and real property.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Knowledge of principles, practices, and methods of psychiatry and correctional administration.

  Updated: 9/13/2017
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