A bill that would require drug and alcohol rehabilitation homes to report residents' deaths passed the California's Assembly Health Committee last week.
Assembly Bill 2374, introduced by Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, (R-Costa Mesa), would order the residential treatment centers to call in any resident's death within one working day and follow up with details in a written report to the state Department of Health Care Services.
The reports would be required regardless of the cause of death or whether the death occurred at the rehabilitation home.
Mansoor's bill acts on a recommendation in a 2012 state report blasting California's oversight of rehabilitation centers.
The California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes investigation, which was called "Rogue Rehabs," said the state had been lax in regulating problem providers and investigating deaths at residential facilities.