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California court widens disclosure of health citation details

Public access to regulatory records broadened Thursday after the California Supreme Court ruled that state health officials must provide more information about actions against care facilities found to be lax in treating developmentally disabled and mentally ill people. A unanimous high court declared the state Department of Public Health provided far too little information in response to a 2011 Public Records Act request for citations issued against the seven largest state-owned-and-operated treatment facilities.

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