Article 3. Offenses of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 10.5. >> Part 2. >> Chapter 7.5. >> Article 3.
No person, firm, partnership, association, corporation,
or local governmental entity shall operate, establish, manage,
conduct, or maintain an alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or
treatment facility to provide recovery, treatment, or detoxification
services within this state without first obtaining a current valid
license issued pursuant to this chapter.
If a facility is alleged to be in violation of Section
11834.30, the department shall conduct a site visit to investigate
the allegation. If the department's employee or agent finds evidence
that the facility is providing alcoholism or drug abuse recovery,
treatment, or detoxification services without a license, the employee
or agent shall take the following actions:
(a) Submit the findings of the investigation to the department.
(b) Upon departmental authorization, issue a written notice to the
facility stating that the facility is operating in violation of
Section 11834.30. The notice shall include all of the following:
(1) The date by which the facility shall cease providing services.
(2) Notice that the department will assess against the facility a
civil penalty of two hundred dollars ($200) per day for every day the
facility continues to provide services beyond the date specified in
(3) Notice that the case will be referred for civil proceedings
pursuant to Section 11834.32 in the event the facility continues to
provide services beyond the date specified in the notice.
(c) Inform the facility of the licensing requirements of this
(a) The director may bring an action to enjoin the
violation of Section 11834.30 in the superior court in and for the
county in which the violation occurred. Any proceeding under this
section shall conform to the requirements of Chapter 3 (commencing
with Section 525) of Title 7 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil
Procedure, except that the director shall not be required to allege
facts necessary to show or tending to show lack of adequate remedy at
law or irreparable damage or loss.
(b) With respect to any and all actions brought pursuant to this
section alleging actual violation of Section 11834.30, the court
shall, if it finds the allegations to be true, issue its order
enjoining the alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facility
from continuance of the violation.
(a) In addition to the penalties of suspension or
revocation of a license issued under this chapter, the department may
also levy a civil penalty for violation of this chapter or the
regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter.
(1) The amount of the civil penalty shall not be less than
twenty-five dollars ($25) or more than fifty dollars ($50) per day
for each violation, except where the nature or seriousness of the
violation or the frequency of the violation warrants a higher penalty
or an immediate civil penalty assessment, or both, as determined by
the department. Except for penalties assessed pursuant to Section
11834.31, in no event shall a civil penalty assessment exceed one
hundred fifty dollars ($150) per day.
(2) Any licensee that is cited for repeating the same violation
within 24 months of the first violation is subject to an immediate
civil penalty of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) and fifty dollars
($50) for each day the violation continues until the deficiency is
(3) Any licensee that has been assessed a civil penalty pursuant
to paragraph (2) that repeats the same violation within 24 months of
the violation subject to paragraph (2) is subject to an immediate
civil penalty of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) for each day the
violation continues until the deficiency is corrected.
(b) Prior to the assessment of any civil penalty, the department
shall provide the licensee with notice requiring the licensee to
correct the deficiency within the period of time specified in the