Revocation or Suspension of License
(a) The Department has the authority to suspend or revoke a license on any of the grounds specified in Health and Safety Code Section 1596.885.
(1) Health and Safety Code Section 1596.885 provides:
"The department may deny an application for or suspend or revoke any license, registration, or special permit issued under this act upon any of the following grounds and in the manner provided in this act:
"(a) Violation by the licensee, registrant, or holder of a special permit of this act or of the rules and regulations promulgated under this act.
"(b) Aiding, abetting, or permitting the violating of this act or of the rules and regulations promulgated under this act.
"(c) Conduct which is inimical to the health, morals, welfare, or safety of either an individual in or receiving services from the facility or the people of this state.
"(d) The conviction of a licensee, or other person specified in Section 1596.871, at any time before or during licensure, of a crime as defined in Section 1596.871.
"(e) Engaging in acts of financial malfeasance concerning the operation of a facility, including, but not limited to, improper use or embezzlement of client moneys and property or fraudulent appropriation for personal gain of facility moneys and property, or willful or negligent failure to provide services for the care of clients."
(b) The Department has the authority to revoke a license pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 1596.866, which requires child care personnel as specified to complete health and safety training.
(c) Proceedings to hear a revocation action, or a revocation and temporary suspension action, shall be conducted pursuant to Health and Safety Code Sections 1596.886 and 1596.887.
(1) Health and Safety Code Section 1596.886 provides in part:
The Director may temporarily suspend any license or special permit prior to any hearing when, in the opinion of the Director, the action is necessary to protect any child of the child day care facility from physical or mental abuse, abandonment, or any other substantial threat to health or safety. The Director shall notify the licensee or holder of the special permit of the temporary suspension and the effective date thereof and at the same time shall serve the provider with an accusation. Upon receipt of a notice of defense to the accusation by the licensee or the holder of the special permit, the Director shall, within 15 days, set the matter for hearing, and the hearing shall be held as soon as possible but not later than 30 days after receipt of the notice. The temporary suspension shall remain in effect until such time as the hearing is completed and the Director has made a final determination on the merits. However, the temporary suspension shall be deemed vacated if the Director fails to make a final determination on the merits within 30 days after the original hearing has been completed.
(2) Health and Safety Code Section 1596.887 provides in part:
Proceedings for the suspension, revocation, or denial of a license under this chapter shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
In all proceedings conducted in accordance with this section, the standard of proof to be applied shall be the preponderance of the evidence.
(3) Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of Part 1, Division 3, Title 2 of the Government Code provides in part:
(A) When the Director intends to seek revocation of a license, he/she shall notify the licensee of the proposed action; shall concurrently serve the licensee with an accusation; and advise the licensee of the right to a hearing.
(d) For a revocation and temporary suspension action, the Director shall request the Office of Administrative Hearings to hold the hearing as soon as possible but not later than 30 calendar days after receipt of the notice of defense.
NOTE: Authority cited: Section 1596.81, Health and Safety Code. Reference: Sections 1596.81(b), 1596.866, 1596.885 and 1596.886, Health and Safety Code.