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  ( Division 4.5 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1252. )

CHAPTER 6. Development and Support of Community Facilities and Programs [4670 - 4698.1]

  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1252. )

ARTICLE 7. Regional Center Clients Requiring Mental Health Services [4696 - 4697]
  ( Article 7 added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 36, Sec. 1. )


The Legislature places a high priority on ensuring that regional center clients and their families can avail themselves of mental health services which are appropriate to meet their needs. The purpose of this article is to determine methods of identifying these clients as well as the type and extent of services which should be available.

(Added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 36, Sec. 1. Effective March 31, 1986.)


(a) The Legislature finds and declares that improved cooperative efforts between regional centers and county mental health agencies are necessary in order to achieve each of the following:

(1) Increased leadership, communication, and organizational effectiveness between regional centers and county mental health agencies.

(2) Decreased costs and minimized fiscal risk in serving persons who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and developmental disabilities.

(3) Continuity of services.

(4) Improved quality of mental health outcomes for persons who are dually diagnosed.

(5) Optimized utilization of agency resources by building on the strengths of each organization.

(6) Timely resolution of conflicts.

(b) In order to achieve the outcomes specified in subdivision (a), by July 1, 1999, each regional center and county mental health agency shall develop a memorandum of understanding to do all of the following:

(1) Identify staff who will be responsible for all of the following:

(A) Coordinate service activity between the two agencies.

(B) Identify dually diagnosed consumers of mutual concern.

(C) Conduct problem resolution for those consumers serviced by both systems.

(2) Develop a general plan for crisis intervention for persons served by both systems. The plan shall include after-hours emergency response systems, interagency notification guidelines, and followup protocols.

(3) Develop a procedure by which each dually diagnosed consumer shall be the subject of a case conference conducted jointly by both regional center staff and county mental health as soon as possible after admission into a county operated or contracted acute, inpatient mental health facility. The case conference shall confirm the diagnosis and the treatment plan.

(4) Develop a procedure by which planning for dually diagnosed consumers admitted to a mental health inpatient facility shall be conducted collaboratively by both the regional center and the local mental health agency and shall commence as soon as possible or as deemed appropriate by the treatment staff. The discharge plan shall include subsequent treatment needs and the agency responsible for those services.

(5) Develop a procedure by which regional center staff and county mental health staff shall collaborate to plan and provide training to community service providers, including day programs, residential facilities, and intermediate care facilities, regarding effective services to persons who are dually diagnosed. This training shall include crisis prevention with a focus on proactively recognizing crisis and intervening effectively with consumers who are dually diagnosed.

(6) Develop a procedure by which the regional center and the county mental health agency shall work toward agreement on a consumer-by-consumer basis on the presenting diagnosis and medical necessity, as defined by regulations of the State Department of Health Care Services.

(c) The department and the State Department of Health Care Services shall collaborate to provide a statewide perspective and technical assistance to local service regions when local problem resolution mechanisms have been exhausted and state level participation has been requested by both local agencies.

(d) The director of the local regional center and the director of the county mental health agency or their designees shall meet as needed but no less than annually to do all of the following:

(1) Review the effectiveness of the interagency collaboration.

(2) Address any outstanding policy issues between the two agencies.

(3) Establish the direction and priorities for ongoing collaboration efforts between the two agencies.

(e) Copies of each memorandum of understanding shall be forwarded to the State Department of Developmental Services upon completion or whenever amended. The department shall make copies of the memorandum of understanding available to the public upon request.

(f) By May 15 of each year, the department shall provide all of the following information to the Legislature:

(1) The status of the memorandums of understanding developed jointly by each regional center and the county mental health agency and identify any barriers to meeting the outcomes specified in this section.

(2) The availability of mobile crisis intervention services, including generic services, by regional center catchment area, including the names of vendors and rates paid.

(3) A description of each regional center’s funded emergency housing options, including the names and types of vendors, the number of beds and rates, including, but not limited to, crisis emergency group homes, crisis beds in a regular group home, crisis foster homes, motel or hotel or psychiatric facility beds, and whether each emergency housing option serves minors or adults and whether it is physically accessible.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 34, Sec. 76. (SB 1009) Effective June 27, 2012.)


A regional center shall notify the clients’ rights advocate, as described in Section 4433, of all consumers placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold or in a Lanterman-Petris-Short conservatorship pursuant to Section 5250, 5260, 5270.10, 5300, or 5350.

(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 28, Sec. 29. (SB 81) Effective June 27, 2019.)


(a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(1) The methods of establishing rates of payment for providers of services and supports to persons with developmental disabilities in the community should reflect the actual costs of ensuring high quality and stable services.

(2) State law and regulations should reflect the type and design of community-based services and supports necessary to best meet the needs and choices of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

(3) The licensing, vendoring, and monitoring of service and support providers is necessary to ensure the safety and satisfaction of consumers and should be achieved in a manner that is respectful of consumer privacy and choices, responsive to consumers and families, minimizes complexity and duplication, fosters partnership between state agencies and regional centers and provider in the delivery of high-quality services and supports, and respond swiftly to protect the rights and health of consumers.

(4) System stakeholders must work collaboratively and continuously to ensure that the design, funding methodology, and monitoring of the service and support delivery system reflects the values and goals of those served.

(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that the State Department of Developmental Services facilitate joint meetings between system stakeholders, as appropriate, to review the service delivery system and make recommendations for change when desirable. The efforts may include, but are not limited to:

(1) The process by which regional centers vendor providers of services and supports and make recommendations for changes to improve the quality of services and supports and choices of consumers and families in selecting providers.

(2) Ratesetting methodologies and recommendations to maximize cost-effectiveness while emphasizing quality, variety, and flexibility in the delivery of services and supports.

(3) The various monitoring and oversight functions of state and local agencies and recommendations for improving effectiveness and minimizing duplication.

(Added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 1043, Sec. 18. Effective January 1, 1999.)

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