Report 2012-122 Recommendation 18 Responses

Report 2012-122: Mental Health Services Act: The State's Oversight Has Provided Little Assurance of the Act's Effectiveness, and Some Counties Can Improve Measurement of Their Program Performance (Release Date: August 2013)

Recommendation #18 To: Health Care Services, Department of

Health Care Services should develop standardized data collection guidelines or regulations, as appropriate, that will address inconsistencies in the data that counties report to the State. In developing these guidelines or regulations, Health Care Services should consult with the Accountability Commission to ensure that data collected reasonably fulfill statewide evaluation purposes.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2015

DHCS is planning to meet with the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) to review the current guidance provided to counties regarding data collection and reporting to the DCR to determine the need to develop more standardized guidance. DHCS will develop more standardized guidance if it determines in consultation with MHSOAC that such guidance is needed.

  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Not Fully Implemented


1-Year Agency Response

As part of the review and development of MHSA regulations, DHCS continues to consult with the Accountability Commission to determine any regulatory changes needed to ensure data are collected consistently and in support of the Evaluation Master Plan.

If needed, draft regulations will be developed in consultation with the Accountability Commission and made available for public comment in the spring of 2015, with final regulations adopted during the fall of 2016.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Fall 2016
  • Response Date: August 2014

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


6-Month Agency Response

DHCS continues to work with the Accountability Commission on the development of MHSA regulations. As part of the review and development of MHSA regulations, DHCS continues to consult with the Accountability Commission to determine any regulatory changes needed to ensure data are collected consistently and in support of the Evaluation Master Plan. Given the significant time required to develop the audit regulations, the development of the data collection regulations have been delayed. DHCS expects to begin developing regulations during the summer of 2014 with final regulations to be adopted beginning in the winter of 2014.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Winter 2014
  • Response Date: February 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

DHCS will consult with the Accountability Commission to determine if regulation changes are necessary to ensure data are collected consistently and in support of the Evaluation Master Plan. If needed, draft regulations will be made available for public comment in the spring of 2014. We anticipate that final regulations will be adopted during the fall of 2014.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Fall 2014
  • Response Date: October 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


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Agency responses received are posted verbatim.


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