The California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) is governed by statutes (state laws) that were passed by the California Legislature.  Those statutes give DSH the authority to promulgate regulations.  Regulations are rules that set out the requirements and procedures DSH uses to implement, interpret, or make more specific the statutes that govern the department.  Legally adopted regulations filed with the Secretary of State have the same force of law as statutes passed by the California Legislature.

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Submit comments on these DSH proposed regulations via email or U.S. Mail, addressed to:

Department of State Hospitals
Regulations and Policy Unit
1215 O Street, MS-20
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 651-3090

Proposed Regulations

Completed Regulations

DISCLAIMER: The documents contained on these pages are facsimiles of the rulemaking records produced at the time the regulations were promulgated. For the most up-to-date and accurate information refer to the hardcopy or online publications of the Office of Administrative Law.