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CA Legislature Sends Governor Two Game-Changing Mental Health Bills

Taken together, Assembly Bills 1315 and 1340 would help launch a paradigm shift for mental health care in California, fueling a move from a fail-first to a care-first model.

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Legislature has moved to Gov. Jerry Brown two groundbreaking measures that aim to transform mental health care in California, helping shift the treatment paradigm from one centered on Stage 4 crisis care to one in which the emphasis is on early detection, prevention and intervention, before a brain illness becomes disabling.

On Monday, the Assembly gave final passage to AB 1315, by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco. The bill would create a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership to generate new funding and resources for programs that provide early diagnosis and intervention services for young people experiencing the early stages of serious thought and mood disorders.

Last week, the Legislature sent the governor a related measure, AB 1340 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, that would urge incorporation of basic psychiatric training into the continuing medical education options for primary care providers.

The Steinberg Institute is sponsoring the measures as part of its broader effort to move toward a more integrated and equitable system of health care in California, one in which brain health is treated with the same urgency and sweep as physical health. Both measures moved through the Legislature with bipartisan support, backed by an array of health care, advocacy, government and business groups.

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