Article 2.5. Licensing Of Clinics of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 2. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 2.5.
For purposes of this article, the following definitions shall
(a) "Centralized applications unit" means the centralized
applications unit in the Licensing and Certification Division of the
State Department of Health Services, or a successor entity.
(b) "Clinic" means nonprofit primary care clinics, nonprofit
community health centers, nonprofit community clinics, and free
Commencing July 1, 2002, all new applications for licenses
for clinics shall be reviewed by the centralized applications unit.
Commencing January 1, 2002, the centralized applications
unit shall work with organizations that are among and advocate on
behalf of, clinics to streamline application forms and clarify
information needed to qualify as completed.
Commencing January 1, 2002, a telephone number shall be
provided for applicants to verify receipt of their application by the
Licensing and Certification Division.
All new applications submitted to the centralized
applications unit shall be reviewed within two weeks for
completeness. The centralized applications unit shall resolve minor
issues directly with the applicant.
(a) Commencing January 1, 2002, the Licensing and
Certification Division shall designate at least one surveyor in each
of the four regions to specialize in clinic surveys and complaint
investigations. The program shall cross-train additional staff in
(b) Commencing January 1, 2002, all completed packages forwarded
by the centralized applications unit to the regional clinic
specialists shall be scheduled for survey within 30 days of receipt.
The Licensing and Certification Program training unit
shall work with organizations that are among and advocate on behalf
of clinics and other stakeholders to develop a training curriculum on
clinic specialization, including the special needs of rural clinics.
The centralized applications unit and regional offices
shall be routinely reviewed by the department beginning January 31,
2003, to determine if applications for clinic licenses are processed
in a timely and effective manner.