Health Care Regulations


Correctional health care regulations involve issues of significant health, life, liberty, and safety and are subject to extensive public interest. California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) regulations, following the rule making process requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), help support safe and effective health care treatment of adult inmates and parolees in accordance with constitutional standards, published in the California Code of Regulations, Title 15, Division 3. The public may access information about current California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)/CCHCS regulations governing adult prison and parole operations, including health care, and review pending or recently adopted regulations by clicking on one of the following links:

For information regarding CDCR custody regulations, please follow the link below:


CCHCS is responsible for providing notice to the public regarding new health care regulations or changes to existing health care regulations. Following public notice, CCHCS receives all written comments submitted by the public on the proposed health care rule making during the announced public comment period. CCHCS also conducts a public hearing where members of the public may present comments about the proposed health care regulations. Such hearings are solely designed to receive comments from the public and are not the forum to debate the merits of the proposed health care regulations. The place and time of a public hearing is included in the public notice for each health care regulatory action. Comments received from the public during the comment period will be reviewed, summarized and responded to by the CCHCS in its Final Statement of Reasons. Through these means, the public is invited to participate in the health care rule making process and become familiar with new health care regulations being proposed by CCHCS.

Current Public Notices


The public is invited to submit comments regarding pending health care regulations during the announced public comment period. Written comments may be mailed or emailed to the following:

CCHCS Regulation and Policy Section
P.O. Box 588500
Elk Grove, CA 95758

You may attend the public hearing at the time and place announced in the Notice of Change to Health Care Regulations.


To assist with tracking and responding to comments, include with your comments the subject title of the proposed health care regulation change and the number of the Notice of Change to Health Care Regulations (NC-HCR); for example, NC-HCR #14-01. It is also important for commenters to direct their statements specifically to the health care regulations being proposed.

Comments that are of the most use are those that address a specific concern about, suggest a change to, or express support for the specific health care regulations under consideration. You may suggest changes to the proposed health care regulation text itself that you believe address problems or help improve the health care rules. Unfortunately, CCHCS cannot effectively respond to public comments that are too general or are not directed at the specific health care rules being proposed.


Final adoption of proposed health care regulations occurs following compliance with the public review provisions of the APA and filing with the Secretary of State. Health care regulations adopted under the emergency/operational necessity provisions of the penal code are in effect on a temporary basis pending completion of this process.

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Pending Changes to Department Health Care Rules:

Recently Adopted Department Health Care Rules:

Title: Reading Glasses (NCHCR 22-04) Section(s): 3000, 3095, 3999.98, 3999.205, and 3999.208 Notification Date: February 28, 2023 Public Hearing Date: June 21, 2022 Permanent Adoption Date: July 1, 2023

Title: Medical Personnel (NCHCR 22-02) Section(s): 3999.98, 3999.131, 3999.133, 3999.147, 3999.325, and 3999.327 Notification Date: April 15, 2022 Public Hearing Date: May 31, 2022 Permanent Adoption Date: July 1, 2023