Secretary Jeff Beard is visiting CDCR facilities. He recently visited the California Health Care Facility (CHCF) near Stockton, which is under construction.

Secretary Jeff Beard, right, with Chris Meyer, senior chief of CDCR’s Facility Planning, Construction and Management Division.

Construction of the 1.2 million-square-foot facility began in November 2010.  The complex will provide long-term medical and mental health care for up to 1,722 inmates – the first expected to arrive in July 2013.

When fully operational in 2014, CHCF will employ more than 2,400 physicians, nurses, correctional staff and auxiliary workers.