Developmental Services Budget Trailer Bill, Assembly bill (AB)
1606 was enacted on June 27, 2016. AB 1606 expands special
incident reporting requirements for licensed homes, supported
living services, long-term health care facilities, crisis
services and acute psychiatric hospitals. These reporting
requirements are in addition to the special incident reporting
requirements noted in Title 17, California Code of Regulations,
Section 54327 and service providers must still continue to report
special incidents to Harbor Regional Center.
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 4659.2 (b) was amended and
requires vendors of these services and service types to report to
Disability Rights California (DRC) (i.e. the designated agency
per WIC 4900 (i)), all of the following:
Each death or serious injury of a person occurring during, or
related to, the use of seclusion, physical restraint, or chemical
restraint, or any combination thereof.
Any unexpected or suspicious death, regardless of whether the
cause is immediately known.
Any allegation of sexual assault, as defined in Section
15610.63 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, in which the
alleged perpetrator is a staff member, service provider, or
employee or contractor.
Any report made to the local law enforcement agency in the
jurisdiction in which the facility is located that involves
physical abuse, as defined in Section 15610.63 in which a staff
member, service provider, or facility employee or contractor is
Reports shall be made no later than the close of the business day
when the death or serious injury occurred, and must include the
encrypted identifier of the person involved, and the name, street
address, and telephone number of the facility.
Additionally, on a monthly basis, service providers shall report
to Disability Rights California all of the following:
The number of incidents of seclusion and the duration of time
spend per incident in seclusion
The number of incidents of the use of behavioral restraints
and the duration of the time spend per incident of restraint.
The number of times an involuntary emergency medication is
used to control behavior.
These monthly reports shall include the name, street address, and
telephone number of the site. A copy of the monthly report must
also be provided to Harbor Regional Center. Please provide this
information to Maria Carmen Garibay. Ms. Garibay’s email address
Please note that the local office of Disability Rights California
is located at 350 S. Bixel St., Suite 290, Los Angeles Ca. 90017.
The contact telephone number is (213) 213-8000 and the fax number
is (213) 213-8001.