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Mental Health Licensing and Certification

The Licensing and Certification (L&C) Section of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is responsible for implementing and maintaining a system to assure compliance with state regulations and statutes related to facility licensure and program certification, in a variety of 24-hour psychiatric and rehabilitation care facilities.

The programs subject to licensure by DHCS are Mental Health Rehabilitation Centers (MHRCs) and Psychiatric Health Facilities (PHFs).  Those subject to certification of their mental health programs are Community Treatment Facilities, Community Residential Treatment Systems, and Skilled Nursing Facilities with Special Treatment Programs.  L&C is also responsible for the approval of 5150 facilities designated by the counties throughout the State of California.


 Main L&C Number  (916) 323-1864
 UOR Report Line  (916) 327-8378
 Fax  (916) 440-5600



Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act ( 5150/5585.50) Designated Facilities


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FY 2013-2014 Licensing Fees



Last modified on: 9/14/2015 3:12 PM