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Section 11812. (Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 862, Sec. 80.)
Cite as: Cal. Health & Safety Code §11812.

The following conditions apply to county expenditures of state funds pursuant to this part:

(a)Where the services specified in the approved county plan are provided pursuant to other general health or social programs, only that portion of the services dealing with alcohol and other drug problems may be financed under this part.

(b)(1)Each county shall utilize available privately operated alcohol and other drug programs and services in the county prior to utilizing new county-operated programs and services, or city-operated programs and services pursuant to Section 11796.1, when the available privately operated programs and services are as favorable in quality and cost as are those operated by the county or city. When these privately operated programs and services are not available, the county shall make a reasonable effort to encourage the development of privately operated programs and services prior to developing county-operated or city-operated programs and services.

(2)The county alcohol and drug program administrator shall demonstrate to the board of supervisors, and to the department, prior to development of any new program or service, that reasonable efforts have been made to comply with paragraph (1). All available local public or private programs and services, as described in paragraph (1), that are appropriate shall be utilized prior to using services provided by hospitals.

(c)All personal information and records obtained by the county, any program that has a contract with the county, or the department pursuant to this section are confidential and may be disclosed only in those instances designated in Section 5328 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

(1)Any person may bring an action against an individual who has willingly and knowingly released confidential information or records concerning that person in violation of this section, for the greater of the following amounts:

(A)Five hundred dollars ($500).

(B)Three times the amount of actual damages, if any, sustained by the plaintiff.

(2)(A)Any person may, in accordance with Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 525) of Title 7 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure, bring an action to enjoin the release of confidential information or records in violation of this chapter, and may in the same action seek damages as provided in this section.

(B)It is not a prerequisite to an action under this section that the plaintiff suffer or be threatened with actual damages.

(d)The department may require that each county and any public or private provider of alcohol and other drug services that receives any state funds under this part provide any information requested by the department relating to any application for or receipt of federal or other nonstate funds, including fees, donations, grants, and other revenues, for alcohol and other drug abuse services provided by these agencies.

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