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AB-224 Alcohol and drug programs: discharge plans.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 11833.06 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

 (a) All programs certified by the department pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 11830) or licensed by the department pursuant to Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 11834.01) shall develop and maintain, in writing, a patient discharge plan policy that includes a process for identifying appropriate arrangements for a patient’s posttreatment housing, including, not limited to, residence with a designated family caregiver, a referral to the county behavioral health agency or another local health care or social service agency for assistance with ensuring appropriate housing, or travel arrangements for returning to the patient’s previous residence prior to being admitted to the program.
(b) All programs licensed or certified by the department shall submit a copy of the discharge plan required in subdivision (a) to the department upon initial licensure or certification and upon renewal of licensure or certification.
(c) The department may suspend or revoke the license or certification of a program for failing to submit a discharge plan in compliance with subdivision (b).