Report 2005-129 Recommendation 10 Responses

Report 2005-129: Department of Social Services: In Rebuilding Its Child Care Program Oversight, the Department Needs to Improve Its Monitoring Efforts and Enforcement Actions (Release Date: May 2006)

Recommendation #10 To: Social Services, Department of

The department should ensure that it assesses civil penalties in all instances where state laws and regulations require it. Additionally, it should consider proposing statutes or regulations requiring it to assess civil penalties on homes for additional types of violations. Further, the department should consider seeking changes to the requirement that it cannot assess civil penalties if follow-up visits are not conducted within 10 days of the time that corrective action was due.

1-Year Agency Response

The department stated that it proposed a “zero tolerance” policy that was included in a bill that would require civil penalties to be assessed for certain high-risk violations. The bill was considered by the Legislature in 2006 but did not pass. Additionally, the department issued memos and distributed a civil penalty manual about the requirement and use of civil penalties as well as developed enhancements to the evaluator manual to further clarify the use of civil penalties. Further, the department concluded that the requirement is appropriate for follow-up visits to be made within 10 days of the plan of correction date in order for civil penalties to be assessed. Finally, the department stated that it may use progressive civil penalties to bring a licensee into compliance in the event that a follow-up visit is not made within 10 days. (2008-406, p. 191).

  • Response Date: August 2007

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented

All Recommendations in 2005-129

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.