Report 2015-112 Recommendation 25 Responses

Report 2015-112: Student Mental Health Services: Some Students' Services Were Affected by a New State Law, and the State Needs to Analyze Student Outcomes and Track Service Costs (Release Date: January 2016)

Recommendation #25 To: Mt. Diablo Unified School District

To ensure that it can demonstrate that the contracted personnel who provide mental health services are qualified, Mt. Diablo should annually obtain and retain copies of contractor personnel lists and the credentials or licenses for personnel who provide mental health services to students in the SELPA.

6-Month Agency Response

The District has directed the Fiscal Clerk to audit five files of NPA/NPS monthly to ensure that the credentials and licenses of staff members are current.

This process began in January 2016.

  • Completion Date: January 2016
  • Response Date: October 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Fully Implemented

60-Day Agency Response

We developed a policy which provided direction to the Fiscal Clerk processing the contracts to gather the required credentials and licenses. In addition, no contracts were signed by the Special Education Director unless all licenses and credentials were present.

The policy was also provided to our Fiscal Analyst and Director of Fiscal Operations in order to ensure it's implementation across staff.

  • Completion Date: October 2015
  • Response Date: March 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Partially Implemented

Mt. Diablo's policy discusses a periodic check it will perform to ensure that it is collecting all applicable licenses and credentials. We assess this recommendation as partially implemented and look forward to reviewing how Mt. Diablo implements this policy at its next response.

  • Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation

All Recommendations in 2015-112

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.