The State Authorized Risk Assessment Tool for Sex Offenders (SARATSO) shall be administered by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to assess every eligible person who is incarcerated in state prison and every eligible person who is on parole if the person was not assessed prior to release from state prison). The Department of Mental Health shall administer the SARATSO to assess every eligible person who is committed to that department.
Persons who have been deemed mentally incompetent by a court of any state may not own or possess firearms. Each state maintains a mental health firearms prohibition information system. All such information (including records of not guilty by reason of insanity judgments, commitment to a facility because the person was a danger to themself or others, or other mental health records) shall be kept confidential and used only to determine eligibility to purchase or possess firearms or other deadly weapons.
The Department of Justice is required to make information about registered sex offenders available online, including date of birth. (a)(3) The State Dept. of Mental Health shall provide to the Sex Offender Tracking Program the names of all offenders committed to or released from its custody.
Persons in charge of hospitals or other institutions where patients are admitted for treatment or confinement, must make a record of the patient's personal, medical, and other information adequate for the completion of a birth or death certificate.
The director of facilities for the voluntarily or involuntarily detained mentally ill may for good cause deny patient rights guaranteed under Welf. & Inst. Code 5325, with the exception of the right to refuse psychosurgery and the right to see a patient advocate. The right to refuse convulsive treatment may only be denied under section 5326.7 conditions. The denial of rights shall be entered into the person's treatment record.
Any disclosure made pursuant to 5328, 5328.3, or 5328.4 should be entered into the patient's medical record including the date and circumstances of the disclosure, to whom the disclosure was made to, and the specific information disclosed.
The medical director of each state hospital for the mentally disordered must make a roster of the gravely disabled persons within the institution. Officer in charge of investigating conservatorships within a county shall be provided with the names and pertinent records of patients to be provided conservatorship investigation.
County patients' rights advocates have the right to inspect and/or copy any non-confidential records or other materials in the possession of any mental health program, services, facility, or agency in relation to a investigation on the behalf of a client for compliance with laws governing patients' rights.
The State Department of Mental Health shall develop a data system of client information. Collection and use of client information for the database must be in accord with privacy and confidentiality rights. Personal client identifiers must be protected to ensure confidentiality. Information reported to the department may be shared with mental health agencies submitting records for the same person and is subject to 5328.
All information and records acquired while providing services to voluntary or involuntary recipients shall be confidential. Such information and records may be disclosed to (a) State Department of Health Services authorized persons, and to authorized legal staff or special investigators who are employed by or authorized representatives of the State Department of Social Services as is necessary to perform their duties of inspecting, licensing, and investigating facilities.