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Mental Health Licensing

The Mental Health Licensing (MHL) section within the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) 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 MHL Number  (916) 323-1864
 UOR Report Line  (916) 440-5600
 Fax  (916) 327-8378
                        

Forms 

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

 

Find a Mental Health Treatment Facility

 


Other Helpful Resources

 

FY 2013-2014 Licensing Fees


 

 

Last modified on: 7/17/2014 1:48 PM