Mental Health Policy
AB 154 (Levine): "Prisoners: Mental Health Treatment" was vetoed by the governor on September 25. AB 1315 (Mullin)
: "Mental health: early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention" was signed by the governor on October 2. The legislation creates a program called "EPI Plus' to prioritize early intervention throughout the state.
SB 323 (Mitchell)
: "Medi-Cal: federally qualified health centers and rural health centers: Drug Medi-Cal and specialty mental health services" was signed by the governor on October 6. This allows FQHCs and RHCs to receive reimbursement for providing substance use disorders services and specialty mental health services.
AB 470 (Arambula)
: "Medi-Cal: specialty mental health services: performance outcome reports" was signed by the governor on October 7 and will require the California Department of Health Care Services to publish performance outcomes for specialty mental health services provided to eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
AB 340 (Arambula)
: "Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program: trauma screening" was signed by the governor on October 12 and prioritizes early detection and treatment of childhood trauma.
AB 501 (Ridley-Thomas):
"Mental health: community care facilities" was signed by the governor on October 12 to expand children's crisis residential services.
AB 1340 (Maienschein)
: "Continuing medical education: mental and physical health care integration" was signed by the governor on October 13. It requires the Medical Board of California to consider requiring a course on the integration of physical and mental health care in primary care.