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The purpose of this association is for the professional development of its membership and the support of their ministries as they serve those who are institutionalized by the State of California.

In the furtherance of this purpose, ACCSS endeavors to provide interfaith dialogue between chaplains leading to a more effective ministry in the institutional setting.

ACCSS facilitates the expression of concerns that affect the ministries and mission of the chaplain.

ACCSS develops and maintains professional standards that will help insure a highly skilled effective and motivated chaplain.

Organizational Structure

This association is a non-profit organization.

The leadership consists of the following offices:

President – elected in odd-numbered years at the annual meeting

Vice President – five in number, one from each department in the State hiring chaplains

  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – CDCR
  • Division of Juvenile Justice – DJJ
  • Department of Developmental Services – DDS
  • Department of State Hospitals – DSH
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs – CalVet

Secretary – elected in odd-numbered years

Treasurer – elected in odd-numbered years

In the event that any civil service faith group is not represented in the elected officers, provisions shall be made for that faith group to elect a representative to be a member of the Executive Board. Their term shall be for one year.