Mental Health Licensing
The Mental Health Licensing (MHL) Bureau within the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) /Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) is responsible for implementing and maintaining a system to ensure compliance with licensing requirements, as specified in state statutes, for the range of 24-hour psychiatric and rehabilitation care facilities.
The programs subject to licensure by MHL are Mental Health Rehabilitation Centers (MHRCs) and Psychiatric Health Facilities (PHFs). Related oversight and monitoring responsibilities include review of unusual occurrences (UORs) and complaints lodged against the facility or staff and administration of the criminal background check law for MHRCs and PHFs. The MHL is also responsible for the approval of Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 5150/5585.50 facilities designated by the counties throughout the State of California.
Main Bureau Number (916) 323-1864
UOR Report Line (916) 440-5600
Fax (916) 327-8378
Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act ( 5150/5585.50) Designated Facilities
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FY 2013-2014 Licensing Fees