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Office Of Regulations

Welcome to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) - Office of Regulations (Office) website. The Office coordinates the development and promulgation of regulations in the DHCS. The Office also maintains the official rulemaking record, which includes all documents posted to this website, documents on which the DHCS relied in proposing the regulations, and all comments and testimony made by the public. Rulemaking records are available for viewing by appointment during normal business hours.

Information Provided on this Site

This website provides access to the public notices, proposed regulation text, and associated documents for both non-emergency and emergency regulatory proposals.

Non-emergency regulations are draft regulations that have not yet been adopted and made effective, but are being made available for public comment by means of a formal public notice issued by the DHCS. These draft regulations may be significantly modified before being adopted and put into effect.

Emergency regulations are regulations that have been adopted and, customarily, made effective before being noticed for public comment. In these situations, the public notice for an emergency regulation is a formal notice that an emergency regulation has been adopted and is subsequently being made available for public comment. Emergency regulations usually remain in effect for a limited period of 180 days, unless the DHCS complies with the rulemaking requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (Not DHCS) before the end of the effective period. Regulations adopted on an emergency basis may still be modified in response to public comment.

Completed regulations are regulatory proposals that have been completed.

The DHCS regulations that are in effect are published in the California Code of Regulations (CCR) (Not DHCS), Title 9, Division 1 and 4,
Title 17, Division 1 and Title 22, Divisions 2 and 3.

Public Notice

The public notice for each regulation proposal provides important information, including:

  • A summary of the proposed or emergency regulatory action,
  • A list of contact people,
  • The date by which comments from the public must be received in the Office, and
  • The time and location of the public hearing, if one is scheduled.


Public Comments

Public comments regarding both proposed and emergency regulations are solicited through public proceedings that provide for the submission of written comments, and may also provide for the submission of oral comments through a public hearing. All comments are considered equally on their merits.

Summaries of the comments received and responses to those comments may be found in the Final Statement of Reasons posted on this site following completion of the APA rulemaking procedures for the regulations. Written responses to each individual commenter are not prepared.

Regulations Mailing List

If you would like to be added to or deleted from the DHCS Regulations Mailing List, please complete and submit the Mailing List Form (WORD).

Last modified on: 11/28/2012 4:46 PM