2009 California Penal Code - Section 1211 :: Chapter 1.5. Certification Of Drug Diversion ProgramsPENAL CODE
1211. (a) In order to ensure the quality of drug diversion programs provided pursuant to this chapter and Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 1000) of Title 6, and to expand the availability of these programs, the county drug program administrator in each county, in consultation with representatives of the court and the county probation department, shall establish minimum requirements, criteria, and fees for the successful completion of drug diversion programs which shall be approved by the county board of supervisors no later than January 1, 1995. These minimum requirements shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following: (1) An initial assessment of each divertee, which may include all of the following: (A) Social, economic, and family background. (B) Education. (C) Vocational achievements. (D) Criminal history. (E) Medical history. (F) Drug history and previous treatment. (2) A minimum of 20 hours of either effective education or counseling or any combination of both for each divertee. (3) An exit conference which shall reflect the divertee's progress during his or her participation in the program. (4) Fee exemptions for persons who cannot afford to pay. (b) The county drug program administrator shall implement a certification procedure for drug diversion programs. (c) The county drug program administrator shall recommend for approval by the county board of supervisors programs pursuant to this chapter. No program, regardless of how it is funded, may be approved unless it meets the standards established by the administrator, which shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following: (1) Guidelines and criteria for education and treatment services, including standards of services which may include lectures, classes, group discussions, and individual counseling. However, any class or group discussion other than lectures, shall not exceed 15 persons at any one meeting. (2) Established and approved supervision, either on a regular or irregular basis, of the person for the purpose of evaluating the person's progress. (3) A schedule of fees to be charged for services rendered to each person under a county drug program plan in accordance with the following provisions: (A) Fees shall be used only for the purposes set forth in this chapter. (B) Fees for the treatment or rehabilitation of each participant receiving services under a certified drug diversion program shall not exceed the actual cost thereof, as determined by the county drug program administrator according to standard accounting practices. (C) Actual costs shall include both of the following: (i) All costs incurred by the providers of diversion programs. (ii) All expenses incurred by the county for administration, certification, or management of the drug diversion program in compliance with this chapter. (d) The county shall require, as a condition of certification, that the drug diversion program pay to the county drug program administrator all expenses incurred by the county for administration, certification, or management of the drug diversion program in compliance with this chapter. No fee shall be required by any county other than that county where the program is located.
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