Valley View Home of Beaumont, Inc. v. Department of Health Services (1983) 146 Cal.App.3d 161

August 28, 2020 5:47 pm | Published by

“Notwithstanding the fact that medical services for Valley View’s disabled patients were medically necessary during the periods in question, the Department argues that its system is to remain viable. We cannot agree that an administrative system must be mindless in order to be efficient. Indeed the reverse is true. It is precisely because impersonal agencies govern so many sensitive facets of our lives, such as health and welfare, that administrative personnel must be particularly sensitive to the exceptional circumstance and accommodative of human error.

[T]he equities of this case clearly militate in favor of relaxing the harshness of the departmental regulation. The exercise of administrative controls must be vigorous, but not ruthless. Therefore, we hold that the trial court here properly relieved Valley View from a loss in the nature of a forfeiture.”

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