Today's Law As Amended


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AB-1435 The State Department of State Hospitals: investigations.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 4023.2 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

4023.2.
 When conducting an investigation into an institution or staff providing treatment or care to patients, the State Department of State Hospitals shall meet the following standards:
(a) Any person contacted by the department pursuant to an investigation shall, prior to an interview, be informed as to the nature of the interview and the fact that information from the interview can be used in criminal or administrative actions.
(b) If the department uses subject matter experts to assist an investigation, the department should also consult a panel of peers of the person being investigated to review the allegations and assist the department in evaluating those allegations.