Sponsored and Supported Legislation

Sponsored Legislation

Senate Bill 10 (Beall)
Mental health services: peer support specialist certification.

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

Co-Sponsors: Steinberg Institute

Senate Bill 11 (Beall)
Health care coverage: mental health parity.

Summary: Would require the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance annually to report to the Legislature the information obtained through activities taken to enforce state and federal mental health parity laws.

Co-Sponsors: The Kennedy Forum; Steinberg Institute

Senate Bill 12 (Beall)
Mental health services: youth.

Summary: This bill would require the commission, contingent on appropriation, to administer an Integrated Youth Mental Health Program for purposes of establishing local centers to provide integrated youth mental health services, as specified. The bill would authorize the commission to establish the core components of the program, subject to specified criteria, and would require the commission to develop the selection criteria and process for awarding funding to local entities for these purposes. The bill would authorize the commission to implement these provisions by means of an informational letter, bulletins, or similar instructions.

Assembly Bill 46 (Carrillo)
Individuals with mental illness: change of term.

Summary: Current law refers to an insane or mentally defective person in provisions relating to, among other things, criminal proceedings, correctional facilities, and property tax exemptions. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to replace derogatory terms, including, but not limited to, “insane” and “mentally defective,” with more culturally sensitive terms when referring to individuals with mental illness.

Co-Sponsors: Disability Rights California


Supported Legislation

Senate Bill 66 (Atkins)
Medi-Cal: federally qualified health center and rural health clinic services.

Summary: This bill will facilitate the ability to transition patients from primary care to an onsite mental health specialist on the same day, to ensure that a patient receives needed care and follows through with treatment. Right now, California is one of only a handful of states that does not allow health centers to provide and bill for mental and physical health visits on the same day. This bill would authorize reimbursement for a maximum of 2 visits taking place on the same day at a single location if after the first visit the patient suffers illness or injury requiring additional diagnosis or treatment, or if the patient has a medical visit and a mental health visit.

Senate Bill 582 (Beall)
Youth mental health and substance use disorder services.

Summary: Would require the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, when making grant funds available on and after July 1, 2021, to allocate at least 1/2 of those funds to local educational agency and mental health partnerships, as specified. The bill would require this funding to be made available to support prevention, early intervention, and direct services, as determined by the commission. The bill would require the commission, in consultation with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to consider specified criteria when determining grant recipients.

Assembly Bill 512 (Ting)
Medi-Cal: specialty mental health services.

Summary: Current law requires the State Department of Health Care Services to implement managed mental health care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries through contracts with mental health plans, and requires mental health plans to be governed by various guidelines, including a requirement that a mental health plan assess the cultural competency needs of the program. This bill would require each mental health plan to prepare a cultural competency assessment plan to address specified matters, including disparities in access, utilization, and outcomes by various categories, such as race, ethnicity and immigration status.

Assembly Bill 713 (Mullin)
Early Psychosis Intervention Plus (EPI Plus) Program.

Summary: Current law establishes the Early Psychosis and Mood Disorder Detection and Intervention Fund, and authorizes the commission to allocate moneys from that fund to provide competitive grants to counties or other entities to create, or expand existing capacity for early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention services and supports. Current law requires the commission to adopt regulations to implement these provisions, but provide that the adoption of those regulations and the implementation of the grant program are contingent upon the deposit into the fund of at least $500,000 in nonstate funds for those purposes. This bill would delete the prohibition on General Fund moneys being appropriated for purposes of those provisions and would delete the requirement that the minimum $500,000 deposit be from nonstate funds.

Assembly Bill 1352 (Waldron)
Community mental health services: mental health boards.

Summary: The Bronzan-McCorquodale Act governs the organization and financing of community mental health services for persons with mental disorders in every county through locally administered and locally controlled community mental health programs. Current law generally requires each community mental health service to have a mental health board consisting of 10 to 15 members who are appointed by the governing body, and encourages counties to appoint individuals who have experience with and knowledge of the mental health system. This bill would require a mental health board to report directly to the governing body, and to have the authority to act, review, and report independently from the county mental health department or county behavioral health department, as applicable.

Assembly Bill 1443 (Maienschein)
Mental health: technical assistance centers.                                                                                    

Summary: Would require, subject to available funding, the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to establish one or more technical assistance centers to support counties in addressing mental health issues, as determined by the commission, that are of statewide concern and establish, with stakeholder input, which mental health issues are of statewide concern. The bill would require costs incurred as a result of complying with those provisions to be paid using funds allocated to the commission from the Mental Health Services Fund. The bill would state the finding and declaration of the Legislature that this change is consistent with and furthers the intent of the act.