Report 2019-119 Recommendation Responses

Report 2019-119: Lanterman-Petris-Short Act: California Has Not Ensured That Individuals With Serious Mental Illnesses Receive Adequate Ongoing Care (Release Date: July 2020)

Recommendation for Legislative Action

To ensure that counties are able to access important data about individuals whom they place on involuntary holds under the LPS Act, the Legislature should amend state law to do the following:
Require Justice to make the information that mental health facilities report to it about involuntary holds available to Health Care Services on an ongoing basis.

Require treatment facilities to report to Health Care Services all short-term holds that result from the grave disability criterion.

Direct Health Care Services to obtain daily the mental health facility information from Justice and make that information, as well as the information that facilities report directly to it, available to county mental health departments for county residents, and for a limited time for nonresidents on an involuntary hold within the county.

Description of Legislative Action

As of September 28, 2020, the Legislature has not taken action to address this specific recommendation.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: October 2020

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken


All Recommendations in 2019-119