Let’s first flesh out that above acronym in today’s blog post. Formally entitled, the DSS is California’s Department of Social Services. That agency is both sprawling and muscular, commanding broad oversight and enforcement powers over a wide swath of people-centric service providers spanning the state.
You know fully well about the DSS if you are the operator of a California child care facility. That holds equally true if you run a nursing home or senior care center. Ditto that for adult and child home-care providers, mental health facilities and a host of other individuals and commercial entities that provide essential human services to a large population across the state.
Here’s a direct query concerning the DSS: How powerful is it?
We can answer that question quickly and in a single word.
To wit: plenty.
In fact, and as we stress on our license-defense website at the Century Law Group, the DSS “has considerable power and discretion when it comes to disciplining licensees for alleged violations.” The agency has an unquestioned ability to suspend/revoke a professional license, place an alleged wrongdoer on probation, levy heavy fines and even refer licensees to criminal authorities for prosecution.
Notwithstanding such impressive reach and clout, though, California’s licensed care providers need to know that the DSS’s prerogatives are tempered by law and reason. The agency can be – and often is – checked materially by proven pro-licensee legal counsel that has a demonstrated record of advocacy promoting the legal rights and interests of licensees facing regulatory challenges.
The Century Law Group has for many years provided clear guidance and diligent representation to individuals and businesses all across the state that are squared off with the DSS in a licensing matter.
We welcome contacts to the firm and the opportunity to apply decades of collective experience on behalf of diverse and valued clients that need strong legal assistance in licensing-linked matters.