CCHCS Employee Health Teams (EHTs)
On January 29, 2021


Our Union met with California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) to continue discussing the formation and implementation of an Employee Health Team (EHT) at each institution throughout the state.

Some of the major details from the Meet-and-Confer include:

CCHCS was asked to explain the overall, general status of the Employee Health program and any other relevant information, and they responded with the following updates:

  • Approximately 200 contractors were brought in by the Governor’s Office to assist CCHCS with the COVID-crisis, and the contractors are not being paid by CDCR/CCHCS.
  • The long-term outlook for the Employee Health Program is to maintain the reporting structure through the headquarters office and not delegate reporting down to the institutional level.
  • The Employee Health Team nursing vacation scheduling process will be a separate process and will not be mixed with the institutional front line nurses.
  • In light of shortages with the vaccine administration by contractors, Employee Health Team Nursing may be asked to administer the COVID vaccine to employees only, if a shortage occurs within an institution. However, front-line institutional nurses will not be redirected to assist with the administration of the vaccine.
  • Our Union advocated for the maintenance of safety retirements for members of the Employee Health Team. CCHCS stated that EHT members are currently still receiving safety retirement and discussions are still ongoing as to the future of the benefit.
  • Our Union held the table open to continue to address questions as this program implementation moves forward. 

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