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CDPH Takes Enforcement Action Against Sonoma Developmental Center’s Intermediate Care Facility 

Date: 12/12/2012 

Number: 12-064 

Contact: Anita Gore (916) 440-7259 


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today took significant action to protect the health and safety of residents at the Department of Developmental Services’ (DDS) Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) by decertifying and moving to revoke approval of the supplemental service of the facility’s Intermediate Care Facility (ICF). This facility provides services to 290 people with intellectual disabilities.

CDPH’s actions come in response to findings concluding that the Developmental Center is failing to correct problems, comply with state regulations or satisfy federal standards set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CDPH’s actions initiate the process to revoke approval of the supplemental services of the facility’s ICF and decertifying it from participation in the federal Medicaid program. The Developmental Center may appeal today’s actions and can, under CDPH oversight, continue operating during the appeal.

“CDPH is committed to ensuring that patients in all hospitals in California receive quality care,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH’s director and state public health officer.  “The actions we’re taking today are necessary to make sure that the Sonoma Developmental Center improves the quality of care that it is providing to its residents in the Intermediate Care Facility.”

Sonoma Developmental Center has been under review by CDPH due to continued non-compliance and incidents that have resulted in harm to residents.  CDPH is responsible for ensuring that health care facilities comply with state laws and regulations, and contracts with CMS to conduct federal certification survey and compliance investigations. These surveys and investigations have documented deficient practices at the Center that have harmed some residents. CDPH continues to work with the Center to improve the facility and help it comply with applicable rules and regulations.

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