Oct 08, 2020



The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Mental Health Services Delivery System (MHSDS) provides inmates access to mental health services. The MHSDS was designed to provide an appropriate level of treatment and to promote individual functioning within the clinically least restrictive environment consistent with the safety and security needs of both the inmate-patient and the institution. 

The intent of the MHSDS is to advance the CDCR’s mission to protect the public by providing timely, cost-effective mental health services that optimize the level of individual functioning of seriously mentally disordered inmates and parolees in the least restrictive environment. The MHSDS has been functioning in CDCR since 1994. The MHSDS utilizes a variety of professional clinical, custody, and support staff to provide the best available quality of care to seriously mentally disordered inmates. 

RJD has a very diverse inmate population and houses approximately 4,000 Level I to Level IV inmates. RJD is an institution designated to care for inmates who are medically compromised, have developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and mental illnesses. RJD is also a designated institution for inmates who are transgender. Over half of the inmate population (62%) receives treatment from the Mental Health Services Delivery System with the full range of psychotic, mood, and anxiety disorders represented in the inmate population. The MHSDS Mission Statement is to provide ethical, professional, and effective mental health care services for individuals remanded to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

RJD offers a variety of specialty programs to inmates to assist in their rehabilitation and improve quality of life including education, vocational skills, Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles & Creating Hope (POOCH) Service Dog Program, LGBTQI Support Unit, TEDx, Playwrights Project, Helping Everyone Reach Objectives (HEROS), End of Life Care Program, Diabetes Program, Insomnia Program, Pre-Release Program, Striving To Achieve Rewards (STAR) Program, UCSD Books Beyond Boundaries, and Inmate-Lead Memorial Services. 

Mental Health Programs 

Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) - The Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) provides the most intensive level of outpatient mental health care within the Mental Health Services Delivery System (MHSDS). The program is characterized by a separate housing unit and structured activities for mentally ill inmate-patients who, because of their illness, experience adjustment difficulties in a General Population (GP) setting, yet are not so impaired as to require 24-hour inpatient care. Services include management of activities of daily living, group and individual psychotherapy, crisis management, medication management, recreational therapy, and clinical pre-release planning. Each inmate-patient shall be offered at least ten hours per week of scheduled structured therapeutic activities as approved by the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team (IDTT). 

Correctional Clinical Case Management System (CCCMS) – The goal of the CCCMS is to maintain and/or improve adequate functioning of mentally disordered inmate-patients in the least restrictive treatment setting possible within each correctional setting. CCCMS Inmates are higher functioning than EOP inmates, but still receive individual therapy, group therapy, crisis management, medication management, and clinical pre-release planning. 

In addition to being assigned to work in one of the Mental Health Programs, interns will also gain experience in one of the following specialty rotations: 

 Behavioral Health Unit • DBT Skills-Based Program • Creative Therapy 

 LGBTI Unit • Curriculum Development • Substance Use Treatment 

 Suicide Prevention • Pre-Release Program • Supervision 

 Assessment Unit • Developmental Disabilities Program 


Clinical Supervision: 

Psychology Interns will receive two hours of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision by one or more doctoral level licensed psychologists. RJD employs a diverse population of approximately 120 psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, as well as a student and intern program, allowing for multiple opportunities for consultation, collaboration, interdisciplinary work, and training in supervision. 


The RJDCF HSP Internship program is dedicated to recruiting and retaining diverse interns and diverse staff. Diversity within our program promotes innovative ideas, encourages sharing of values, and creates a program of individuals with a variety of areas of experience, expertise, and knowledge. The RJDCF HSP Internship Program is committed to ensuring that all interns and staff members receive diversity training as it specifically relates to the practice of psychology. Applicants of all ethnicities, races, genders, ages, socio-economic status, national origins, sexual orientations, gender identities, disabilities, and religions are encouraged to apply. 

Conditions of Psychology Internship: 

The RJD Psychology Internship is a one-year, full-time, limited term psychology internship with salary range of $2,981-$3,557 /month, approximately $35,772 – $42,684/year. Most interns will start the internship year at a salary of $3,394/month and will increase to $3,557/month after accumulating 500 hours of pre-doctoral supervised experience. Internship placement is contingent on passing a security clearance/background check, fingerprinting, drug testing, and TB test. To access the RJDCF HSP Internship Program handbook that includes a complete list of pre-employment qualifications, and internship admission, support, and initial placement data, please access the website below or contact the Training Director by email. 

Accreditation Status 

On July 21, 2019, the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility Health Service Psychology Internship program became APA-Accredited on Contingency by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. In order to move from accredited on contingency to full accreditation, the program is required to submit proximal and distal data to the CoA by June 1, 2021. Upon receipt of the data, the Commission will review the data to determine if it is sufficient to grant full accreditation status. Programs that submit proximal and distal data will be eligible for an additional three years as a fully accredited program. Failure to provide data by the aforementioned date will lead to the program being deemed to have withdrawn from accreditation and a loss of accreditation that will occur following completion of the program by the interns currently on-site at the program. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: 

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 

American Psychological Association 

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 

Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: 


Application Process 

RJDCF HSP internship program is currently an APPIC member and is participating in the National Matching Services program. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant and agrees to follow all regulations set forth by APPIC. Applications must be submitted using the AAPI Online application service. RJD program code: 245611. 

Job Bulletin: 



For more information on the RJDCF HSP Internship Program or practicum student program contact: Dominic Lafler, Psy.D., Director of Training, phone: 619-653-8745 or via email: 

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