2012 California Codes
WIC - Welfare and Institutions Code
CHAPTER 1 - General Provisions
Section 4509

CA Welf & Inst Code § 4509 (through 2013 Leg Sess) What's This?

By January 1, 1977, the Director of Developmental Services shall compile a roster of all persons who are in the custody of a state hospital, or on leave therefrom, pursuant to an order of judicial commitment as a mentally retarded person made prior to January 1, 1976. The appropriate regional center shall be given a copy of the names and pertinent records of the judicially committed retarded persons within its jurisdiction, and shall investigate the need and propriety of further judicial commitment of such persons under the provisions of Sections 6500 and 6500.1.

Each regional center shall complete all investigations required by this section within two years after the roster is submitted. In conducting its investigations, each regional center shall solicit information, advice, and recommendations of state hospital personnel familiar with the person whose needs are being evaluated.

For those persons found by a regional center to no longer require state hospital care, the regional center shall immediately prepare an individual program plan pursuant to Sections 4646 and 4648 for the provision of appropriate alternative services outside the state hospital.

If such alternative is not immediately available, the regional center shall give continuing high priority to the location and development of such services. As part of the program budget submission required in Section 4776, the regional director shall include a report specifying:

(a) The number of state hospital residents for whom a community alternative is deemed more suitable than a state hospital.

(b) The number of residents for whom no placement is made because of a lack of community services.

(c) The number, type, nature, and cost of community services that would be necessary in order for placement to occur.

For those persons found to be in continued need of state hospital care, the regional center shall either admit such person as a voluntary resident of the state hospital, or shall file a petition seeking the commitment of those persons for whom commitment is believed to be appropriate.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1252.)

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