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Senate Bill 10 (Beall)

Title: Mental health services: peer, parent, transition-age, and family support specialist certification

Summary: Would require the State Department of Health Care Services to establish, no later than July 1, 2020, a statewide peer, parent, transition-age, and family support specialist certification program, as a part of the state’s comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder delivery system and the Medi-Cal program.

Factsheet (pdf)

Status: 1/23/19 In committee

Senate Bill 11 (Beall)

Title: Health care coverage: mental health parity

Summary: Would require a health care service plan and a health insurer to submit an annual report to the Department of Managed Health Care or the Department of Insurance, as appropriate, certifying compliance with state and federal mental health parity laws, as specified. The bill would require the departments to review the reports submitted by health care service plans to ensure compliance with state and federal mental health parity laws, and would require the departments to make the reports and the results of the reviews available upon request and to post the reports and the results of the reviews on the departments’ Internet Web site.

Factsheet (pdf)

Status: 1/16/19 In committee

 

SPONSORED LEGISLATION

Senate Bill 12 (Beall)

Title: Mental health services: youth

Summary: Would authorize the state and local governments to establish a series of at least 100 centers statewide to address the mental health needs of California youth. The bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to allocate or encourage the allocation of funding for that purpose, as specified. The bill would make related findings and declarations. 

Factsheet (pdf)

Status: 1/16/19 In committee

Assembly Bill 46 (Carrillo) 

Title: Individuals with mental illness: change of term

Summary: Replace derogatory terms, including, but not limited to, “insane” and “mentally defective,” with more culturally sensitive terms when referring to individuals with mental illness.

Factsheet (pdf)

Status: 12/3/18 Introduced

Senate Bill 1019 (Beall) 

Title: Youth mental health and substance use disorder services.

Summary: Current law provides that funds appropriated by the Legislature to the California Health Facilities Financing Authority and the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission for the purposes of the Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013 be made available to selected counties or counties acting jointly, except as otherwise provided, and used to provide, among other things, a complete continuum of crisis services for children and youth 21 years of age and under.  This bill would require the commission, when making these funds available, to allocate at least 1/2 of those funds to local educational agency and mental health partnerships. The bill would require this funding to be made available to support prevention, early intervention, and direct services, as determined by the commission.

Status/Location:  9/30/18 Vetoed by the Governor

Governor’s Message: To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 1019 without my signature. This bill would require the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to allocate at least half of its triage grant funds to local and mental health partnerships. The bill as written would limit the Commission's authority to exercise its judgment in the distribution of these grants. I believe the better practice would be to leave this matter to the Commission. Sincerely, Edmund G. Brown Jr. 

Senate Bill 1113 (Monning)

Title: Mental health in the workplace: voluntary standards.

Summary: Would authorize the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to establish a framework and voluntary standard for mental health in the workplace that serves to reduce mental health stigma, increase public, employee, and employer awareness of the recovery goals of the Mental Health Services Act, and provide guidance to California’s employer community to put in place strategies and programs, determined by the commission, to support the mental health and wellness of employees.

Status/Location: 9/11/18 Signed by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 354, Statutes of 2018.

 

SUPPORTED LEGISLATION

Senate Bill 192 (Beall) – Support in concept

Title: Mental Health Services Fund.

Summary: The MHSA authorizes a county to maintain a prudent reserve to ensure that services do not have to be significantly reduced in years in which revenues are below the average of previous years. The MHSA, except as specified, requires any funds allocated to a county that have not been spent for their authorized purpose within 3 years to revert to the state to be deposited into the fund and available for other counties in future years. This bill would clarify that the value of a prudent reserve for a Local Mental Health Services Fund shall not exceed 33% of the average Community Services and Support revenue received, in the preceding 5 years. The bill would require the county to reassess the maximum amount of the prudent reserve every 5 years and to certify the reassessment as part of its 3-year program and expenditure plan required by the MHSA.

Status/Location: 9/10/18 Signed by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 328, Statutes of 2018.

Senate Bill 215 (Beall)

Title: Diversion: mental disorders.

Summary: Would authorize a court, with the consent of the defendant and a waiver of the defendant’s speedy trial right, to postpone prosecution of a misdemeanor or a felony punishable in a county jail, and place the defendant in a pretrial diversion program for up to 2 years if the court is satisfied the defendant suffers from a mental disorder, that the defendant’s mental disorder played a significant role in the commission of the charged offense, and that the defendant would benefit from mental health treatment. For specified offenses, the bill would condition granting diversion on the consent of the prosecution.

Status/Location: 9/30/18 Signed by the Governor and not yet Chaptered

Senate Bill 688 (Moorlach)

Title: Mental Health Services Act: revenue and expenditure reports.

Summary: Current law requires the State Department of Health Care Services, in consultation with the commission and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California, to develop and administer instructions for the Annual Mental Health Services Act Revenue and Expenditure Report, which gathers specified information on mental health spending as a result of the MHSA, including the expenditures of funds distributed to each county. Current law requires counties to electronically submit the report to the department and the commission. This bill would require counties to prepare the reports in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, as specified.

Status/Location: 9/14/18 Signed by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 403, Statutes of 2018.

Senate Bill 906 (Beall)

Title: Medi-Cal: mental health services: peer, parent, transition-age, and family support specialist certification.

Summary: Would require the State Department of Health Care Services to establish, no later than July 1, 2019, a statewide peer, parent, transition-age, and family support specialist certification program, as a part of the state’s comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder delivery system and the Medi-Cal program. The bill would include 4 certification categories: adult peer support specialists, transition-age youth peer support specialists, family peer support specialists, and parent peer support specialists.

Status/Location: 9/30/18 Vetoed by the Governor.

Governor’s Message: To the Members of the California State Senate: I am retuning Senate Bill 906 without my signature. This bill requires the Department of Health Care Services to establish a certificate program for peer support specialists in Medi-Cal. Currently, peer support specialists are used as providers in Medi-Cal without a state certificate. This bill imposes a costly new program which will permit some of these individuals to continue providing services but shut others out. I urge the stakeholders and the department to improve upon the existing framework while allowing all peer support specialists to continue to work. Sincerely, Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Senate Bill 1004 (Wiener)

Title: Mental Health Services Act: prevention and early intervention.

Summary: Would require the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, on or before January 1, 2020, to establish specified priorities for the use of prevention and early intervention funds and to develop a statewide strategy for monitoring implementation of prevention and early intervention services, including enhancing public understanding of prevention and early intervention and creating metrics for assessing the effectiveness of how prevention and early intervention funds are used and the outcomes that are achieved. The bill would require the commission to establish a strategy for technical assistance, support, and evaluation to support the successful implementation of the objectives, metrics, data collection, and reporting strategy.

Status/Location: 9/27/18 Signed by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 843, Statutes of 2018.

Assembly Bill 2325 (Irwin)

Title: County mental health services: veterans

Summary: Would prevent a county from denying an eligible veteran county mental or behavioral health services while the veteran is waiting for a determination of eligibility for, and availability of, mental or behavioral health services provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill would make specific findings and declarations about the county’s duty to provide mental and behavioral health services to veterans.

Status/Location: 7/18/18 Signed by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 128, Statutes of 2018.