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AB-1424 Mental health: involuntary treatment.(2001-2002)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Many families of persons with serious mental illness find the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act system difficult to access and not supportive of family information regarding history and symptoms.
(b) Persons with mental illness are best served in a system of care that supports and acknowledges the role of the family, including parents, children, spouses, significant others, and consumer-identified natural resource systems.
SEC. 2.
 It is the intent of the Legislature that the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act system procedures be clarified to ensure that families are a part of the system response, subject to the rules of evidence and court procedures.

SEC. 3.

 Section 1374.51 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1374.51.
 No plan may utilize any information regarding whether an enrollee’s psychiatric inpatient admission was made on a voluntary or involuntary basis for the purpose of determining eligibility for claim reimbursement.

SEC. 4.

 Section 10144.6 is added to the Insurance Code, to read:

10144.6.
 No disability insurer may utilize any information regarding whether a beneficiary’s psychiatric inpatient admission was made on a voluntary or involuntary basis for the purpose of determining eligibility for claim reimbursement.

SEC. 5.

 Section 5008.2 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

5008.2.
 (a) When applying the definition of mental disorder for the purposes of Articles 2 (commencing with Section 5200), 4 (commencing with Section 5250), and 5 (commencing with Section 5275) of Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 5350), the historical course of the person’s mental disorder, as determined by available relevant information about the course of the person’s mental disorder, shall be considered when it has a direct bearing on the determination of whether the person is a danger to others, or to himself or herself, or is gravely disabled, as a result of a mental disorder. The historical course shall include, but is not limited to, evidence presented by persons who have provided, or are providing, mental health or related support services to the patient, the patient’s medical records as presented to the court, including psychiatric records, or evidence voluntarily presented by family members, the patient, or any other person designated by the patient. Facilities shall make every reasonable effort to make information provided by the patient’s family available to the court. The hearing officer, court, or jury shall exclude from consideration evidence it determines to be irrelevant because of remoteness of time or dissimilarity of circumstances.
(b) This section shall not be applied to limit the application of Section 5328 or to limit existing rights of a patient to respond to evidence presented to the court.

SEC. 6.

 Section 5012 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

5012.
 The fact that a person has been taken into custody under this part may not be used in the determination of that person’s eligibility for payment or reimbursement for mental health or other health care services for which he or she has applied or received under the Medi-Cal program, any health care service plan licensed under the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 (Chapter 2.2 (commencing with Section 1340) of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code), or any insurer providing health coverage doing business in the state.

SEC. 7.

 Section 5150.05 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

5150.05.
 (a) When determining if probable cause exists to take a person into custody, or cause a person to be taken into custody, pursuant to Section 5150, any person who is authorized to take that person, or cause that person to be taken, into custody pursuant to that section shall consider available relevant information about the historical course of the person’s mental disorder if the authorized person determines that the information has a reasonable bearing on the determination as to whether the person is a danger to others, or to himself or herself, or is gravely disabled as a result of the mental disorder.
(b) For purposes of this section, “information about the historical course of the person’s mental disorder” includes evidence presented by the person who has provided or is providing mental health or related support services to the person subject to a determination described in subdivision (a), evidence presented by one or more members of the family of that person, and evidence presented by the person subject to a determination described in subdivision (a) or anyone designated by that person.
(c) If the probable cause in subdivision (a) is based on the statement of a person other than the one authorized to take the person into custody pursuant to Section 5150, a member of the attending staff, or a professional person, the person making the statement shall be liable in a civil action for intentionally giving any statement that he or she knows to be false.
(d) This section shall not be applied to limit the application of Section 5328.

SEC. 8.

 Section 5328 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

5328.
 (a)  All information and records obtained in the course of providing services under Division 4 (commencing with Section 4000), Division 4.1 (commencing with Section 4400), Division 4.5 (commencing with Section 4500), Division 5 (commencing with Section 5000), Division 6 (commencing with Section 6000), or Division 7 (commencing with Section 7100), to either voluntary or involuntary recipients of services are  shall be  confidential. Information and records obtained in the course of providing similar services to either voluntary or involuntary recipients before  prior to  1969 are shall  also be  confidential. Information and records shall be disclosed only in any of the following cases:
(1) (a)  In communications between qualified professional persons in the provision of services or appropriate referrals, or in the course of conservatorship proceedings. The consent of the patient, or his or her guardian or conservator, conservator  shall be obtained before information or records may be disclosed by a professional person employed by a facility to a professional person not employed by the facility who does not have the medical or psychological responsibility for the patient’s care.
(2) (b)  If When  the patient, with the approval of the physician and surgeon,  physician,  licensed psychologist, or  social worker with a master’s degree in social work, licensed marriage and family therapist, or licensed professional clinical counselor,  who is in charge of the patient, designates persons to whom information or records may be released, except that nothing in  this article does not compel a physician and surgeon, licensed psychologist, social worker with a master’s degree in social work, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor,  shall be construed to compel a physician, psychologist, social worker,  nurse, attorney, or other professional person to reveal information that which  has been given to him or her in confidence by members of a patient’s family. This paragraph does not authorize a licensed marriage and family therapist or licensed professional clinical counselor to provide services or to be in charge of a patient’s care beyond his or her lawful scope of practice. 
(3) (c)  To the extent necessary for a recipient to make a claim, or for a claim to be made on behalf of a recipient for aid, insurance, or medical assistance to which he or she may be entitled.
(4) (d)  If the recipient of services is a minor, ward, dependent,  or conservatee, and his or her parent, guardian, guardian ad litem, conservator,  or authorized representative  conservator  designates, in writing, persons to whom records or information may be disclosed, except that nothing in  this article does not compel a physician and surgeon, licensed psychologist, social worker with a master’s degree in social work, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor,  shall be construed to compel a physician, psychologist, social worker,  nurse, attorney, or other professional person to reveal information that which  has been given to him or her in confidence by members of a patient’s family.
(5) (e)  For research, provided that the Director of Health Care Services, the Director of State Hospitals, the Director of Social Services,  Mental Health  or the Director of Developmental Services designates by regulation, rules for the conduct of research and requires the research to be first reviewed by the appropriate institutional review board or boards. The rules shall include, but need not be limited to, the requirement that all researchers shall sign an oath of confidentiality as follows:
Date
As a condition of doing research concerning persons who have received services from ____ (fill in the facility, agency, agency  or person), I, ____, agree to obtain the prior informed consent of those  persons who have received services to the maximum degree possible as determined by the appropriate institutional review board or boards for protection of human subjects reviewing my research, and I further agree not to divulge any information obtained in the course of that  research to unauthorized persons, and not to publish or otherwise make public any information regarding persons who have received services such so  that the person who received services is identifiable.
I recognize that the unauthorized release of confidential information may make me subject to a civil action under provisions of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

(6) (f)  To the courts, as necessary to the administration of justice.
(7) (g)  To governmental law enforcement agencies as needed for the protection of federal and state elective constitutional officers and their families.
(8) (h)  To the Senate  Committee on Senate  Rules or the Assembly  Committee on Assembly  Rules for the purposes of legislative investigation authorized by the committee.
(9) (i)  If the recipient of services who applies for life or disability insurance designates in writing the insurer to which records or information may be disclosed.
(10) (j)  To the attorney for the patient in any and all proceedings upon presentation of a release of information signed by the patient, except that when the patient is unable to sign the release, the staff of the facility, upon satisfying itself of the identity of the attorney, and of the fact that the attorney does represent the interests of the patient, may release all information and records relating to the patient, patient  except that nothing in  this article does not compel a physician and surgeon, licensed psychologist, social worker with a master’s degree in social work, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor,  shall be construed to compel a physician, psychologist, social worker,  nurse, attorney, or other professional person to reveal information that has been given to him or her in confidence by members of a patient’s family.
(11) (k)  Upon written agreement by a person previously confined in or otherwise treated by a facility, the professional person in charge of the facility or his or her designee may release any information, except information that has been given in confidence by members of the person’s family, requested by a probation officer charged with the evaluation of the person after his or her conviction of a crime if the professional person in charge of the facility determines that the information is relevant to the evaluation. The agreement shall only be operative until sentence is passed on the crime of which the person was convicted. The confidential information released pursuant to this paragraph subdivision  shall be transmitted to the court separately from the probation report and shall not be placed in the probation report. The confidential information shall remain confidential except for purposes of sentencing. After sentencing, the confidential information shall be sealed.
(12) ( l)  (A)  Between persons who are trained and qualified to serve on multidisciplinary personnel “multidisciplinary personnel”  teams pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 18951. The information and records sought to be disclosed shall be relevant to the provision of child welfare services or the investigation,  prevention, identification, management, or treatment of child abuse or neglect  an abused child and his or her parents  pursuant to Chapter 11 (commencing with Section 18950) of Part 6 of Division 9. Information obtained pursuant to this paragraph shall not be used in any criminal or delinquency proceeding. This paragraph does not prohibit evidence identical to that contained within the records from being admissible in a criminal or delinquency proceeding, if the evidence is derived solely from means other than this paragraph, as permitted by law. 
(B) As used in this paragraph, “child welfare services” means those services that are directed at preventing child abuse or neglect.
(13) (m)  To county patients’ rights advocates who have been given knowing voluntary authorization by a client or a guardian ad litem. The client or guardian ad litem, whoever entered into the agreement, may revoke the authorization at any time, either in writing or by oral declaration to an approved advocate.
(14) (n)  To a committee established in compliance with Section 14725. Sections 4070 and 5624. 
(15) (o)  In providing information as described in Section 7325.5. This paragraph does not  Nothing in this subdivision shall  permit the release of any information other than that described in Section 7325.5.  
(16) (p)  To the county behavioral mental  health director or the director’s designee, or to a law enforcement officer, or to the person designated by a law enforcement agency, pursuant to Sections 5152.1 and 5250.1.  
(17) (q)  If the patient gives his or her consent, information specifically pertaining to the existence of genetically handicapping conditions, as defined in Section 125135 341.5  of the Health and Safety Code, may be released to qualified professional persons for purposes of genetic counseling for blood relatives upon request of the blood relative. For purposes of this paragraph, subdivision,  “qualified professional persons” means those persons with the qualifications necessary to carry out the genetic counseling duties under this paragraph subdivision  as determined by the genetic disease unit established in the State Department of Health Care  Services under Section 125000 309  of the Health and Safety Code. If the patient does not respond or cannot respond to a request for permission to release information pursuant to this paragraph subdivision  after reasonable attempts have been made over a two-week period to get a response, the information may be released upon request of the blood relative.
(18) (r)  If When  the patient, in the opinion of his or her psychotherapist, presents a serious danger of violence to a reasonably foreseeable victim or victims, then any of the information or records specified in this section may be released to that person or persons and to law enforcement agencies and county child welfare agencies  as the psychotherapist determines is needed for the protection of that person or persons. For purposes of this paragraph, “psychotherapist” has the same meaning as provided in  subdivision, “psychotherapist” means anyone so defined within  Section 1010 of the Evidence Code.  
(s) To persons serving on an interagency case management council established in compliance with Section 5606.6 to the extent necessary to perform its duties. This council shall attempt to obtain the consent of the client. If this consent is not given by the client, the council shall justify in the client’s chart why these records are necessary for the work of the council.
(19) (t)  (A) (1)  To the designated officer of an emergency response employee, and from that designated officer to an emergency response employee regarding possible exposure to HIV or AIDS, but only to the extent necessary to comply with provisions of  the federal  Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990 (Public Law  (P.L.  101-381; 42 U.S.C. Sec. 201).
(B) (2)  For purposes of this paragraph, subdivision,  “designated officer” and “emergency response employee” have the same meaning as these terms are used in the federal  Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990 (Public Law  (P.L.  101-381; 42 U.S.C. Sec. 201).
(C) (3)  The designated officer shall be subject to the confidentiality requirements specified in Section 120980 of the Health and Safety Code, and  120980, and  may be personally liable for unauthorized release of any identifying information about the HIV results. Further, the designated officer shall inform the exposed emergency response employee that the employee is also subject to the confidentiality requirements specified in Section 120980 of the Health and Safety Code, and  120980, and  may be personally liable for unauthorized release of any identifying information about the HIV test results.
(20) (u)  (A) (1)  To a law enforcement officer who personally lodges with a facility, as defined in subparagraph (B), paragraph (2),  a warrant of arrest or an abstract of such  a warrant showing that the person sought is wanted for a serious felony, as defined in Section 1192.7 of the Penal Code, or a violent felony, as defined in Section 667.5 of the Penal Code. The information sought and released shall be limited to whether or not the person named in the arrest warrant is presently confined in the facility. This subparagraph paragraph  shall be implemented with minimum disruption to health facility operations and patients, in accordance with Section 5212. If the law enforcement officer is informed that the person named in the warrant is confined in the facility, the officer may not enter the facility to arrest the person without obtaining a valid search warrant or the permission of staff of the facility.
(B) (2)  For purposes of subparagraph (A), paragraph (1),  a facility means all of the following:
(i) (A)  A state hospital, as defined in Section 4001.
(ii) (B)  A general acute care hospital, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 1250 of the Health and Safety Code, solely with regard to information pertaining to a person with mental illness  mentally disordered person  subject to this section.
(iii) (C)  An acute psychiatric hospital, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 1250 of the Health and Safety Code.
(iv) (D)  A psychiatric health facility, as described in Section 1250.2 of the Health and Safety Code.
(v) (E)  A mental health rehabilitation center, as described in Section 5675.
(vi) (F)  A skilled nursing facility with a special treatment program for individuals with mental illness, chronically mentally disordered patients,  as described in Sections 51335 and 72445 to 72475, inclusive, of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.
(21) Between persons who are trained and qualified to serve on multidisciplinary personnel teams pursuant to Section 15610.55. The information and records sought to be disclosed shall be relevant to the prevention, identification, management, or treatment of an abused elder or dependent adult pursuant to Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 15750) of Part 3 of Division 9.
(22) (A) When an employee is served with a notice of adverse action, as defined in Section 19570 of the Government Code, all of the following information and records may be released:
(i) All information and records that the appointing authority relied upon in issuing the notice of adverse action.
(ii) All other information and records that are relevant to the adverse action, or that would constitute relevant evidence as defined in Section 210 of the Evidence Code.
(iii) The information described in clauses (i) and (ii) may be released only if both of the following conditions are met:
(I) The appointing authority has provided written notice to the consumer and the consumer’s legal representative or, if the consumer has no legal representative or if the legal representative is a state agency, to the clients’ rights advocate, and the consumer, the consumer’s legal representative, or the clients’ rights advocate has not objected in writing to the appointing authority within five business days of receipt of the notice, or the appointing authority, upon review of the objection, has determined that the circumstances on which the adverse action is based are egregious or threaten the health, safety, or life of the consumer or other consumers and without the information the adverse action could not be taken.
(II) The appointing authority, the person against whom the adverse action has been taken, and the person’s representative, if any, have entered into a stipulation that does all of the following:
(ia) Prohibits the parties from disclosing or using the information or records for any purpose other than the proceedings for which the information or records were requested or provided.
(ib) Requires the employee and the employee’s legal representative to return to the appointing authority all records provided to them under this paragraph, including, but not limited to, all records and documents from any source containing confidential information protected by this section, and all copies of those records and documents, within 10 days of the date that the adverse action becomes final, except for the actual records and documents or copies thereof that are no longer in the possession of the employee or the employee’s legal representative because they were submitted to the administrative tribunal as a component of an appeal from the adverse action.
(ic) Requires the parties to submit the stipulation to the administrative tribunal with jurisdiction over the adverse action at the earliest possible opportunity.
(B) For purposes of this paragraph, the State Personnel Board may, before any appeal from adverse action being filed with it, issue a protective order, upon application by the appointing authority, for the limited purpose of prohibiting the parties from disclosing or using information or records for any purpose other than the proceeding for which the information or records were requested or provided, and to require the employee or the employee’s legal representative to return to the appointing authority all records provided to them under this paragraph, including, but not limited to, all records and documents from any source containing confidential information protected by this section, and all copies of those records and documents, within 10 days of the date that the adverse action becomes final, except for the actual records and documents or copies thereof that are no longer in the possession of the employee or the employee’s legal representatives because they were submitted to the administrative tribunal as a component of an appeal from the adverse action.
(C) Individual identifiers, including, but not limited to, names, social security numbers, and hospital numbers, that are not necessary for the prosecution or defense of the adverse action, shall not be disclosed.
(D) All records, documents, or other materials containing confidential information protected by this section that have been submitted or otherwise disclosed to the administrative agency or other person as a component of an appeal from an adverse action shall, upon proper motion by the appointing authority to the administrative tribunal, be placed under administrative seal and shall not, thereafter, be subject to disclosure to any person or entity except upon the issuance of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
(E) For purposes of this paragraph, an adverse action becomes final when the employee fails to answer within the time specified in Section 19575 of the Government Code, or, after filing an answer, withdraws the appeal, or, upon exhaustion of the administrative appeal or of the judicial review remedies as otherwise provided by law.
(23) To the person appointed as the developmental services decisionmaker for a minor, dependent, or ward pursuant to Section 319, 361, or 726.
(24) During the provision of emergency services and care, as defined in Section 1317.1 of the Health and Safety Code, the communication of patient information between a physician and surgeon, licensed psychologist, social worker with a master’s degree in social work, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor, nurse, emergency medical personnel at the scene of an emergency or in an emergency medical transport vehicle, or other professional person or emergency medical personnel at a health facility licensed pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 1250) of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code.
(25) To a business associate or for health care operations purposes, in accordance with Part 160 (commencing with Section 160.101) and Part 164 (commencing with Section 164.102) of Subchapter C of Subtitle A of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(b) (v)  The amendment of paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) subdivision (d)  enacted at the 1970 Regular Session of the Legislature does not constitute a change in, but is declaratory of, the preexisting law.  
(c) (w)  This section is shall  not be  limited by Section 5150.05 or 5332.

SEC. 8.5.

 Section 5328 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

5328.
 (a)  All information and records obtained in the course of providing services under Division 4 (commencing with Section 4000), Division 4.1 (commencing with Section 4400), Division 4.5 (commencing with Section 4500), Division 5 (commencing with Section 5000), Division 6 (commencing with Section 6000), or Division 7 (commencing with Section 7100), to either voluntary or involuntary recipients of services are  shall be  confidential. Information and records obtained in the course of providing similar services to either voluntary or involuntary recipients before  prior to  1969 are shall  also be  confidential. Information and records shall be disclosed only in any of the following cases:
(1) (a)  In communications between qualified professional persons in the provision of services or appropriate referrals, or in the course of conservatorship proceedings. The consent of the patient, or his or her guardian or conservator, conservator  shall be obtained before information or records may be disclosed by a professional person employed by a facility to a professional person not employed by the facility who does not have the medical or psychological responsibility for the patient’s care.
(2) (b)  If When  the patient, with the approval of the physician and surgeon,  physician,  licensed psychologist, social worker with a master’s degree in social work, or  licensed marriage and family therapist, or licensed professional clinical counselor,  who is in charge of the patient, designates persons to whom information or records may be released, except that nothing in  this article does not  shall be construed to  compel a physician and surgeon,  physician,  licensed psychologist, social worker with a master’s degree in social work, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor,  nurse, attorney, or other professional person to reveal information that has been given to him or her in confidence by members of a patient’s family. This paragraph does not  Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to  authorize a licensed marriage and family therapist or licensed professional clinical counselor  to provide services or to be in charge of a patient’s care beyond his or her lawful scope of practice.
(3) (c)  To the extent necessary for a recipient to make a claim, or for a claim to be made on behalf of a recipient for aid, insurance, or medical assistance to which he or she may be entitled.  
(4) (d)  If the recipient of services is a minor, ward, dependent,  or conservatee, and his or her parent, guardian, guardian ad litem, conservator,  or authorized representative  conservator  designates, in writing, persons to whom records or information may be disclosed, except that nothing in  this article does not  shall be construed to  compel a physician and surgeon,  physician,  licensed psychologist, social worker with a master’s degree in social work, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor,  nurse, attorney, or other professional person to reveal information that has been given to him or her in confidence by members of a patient’s family.
(5) (e)  For research, provided that the Director of Health Care Services, the Director of State Hospitals, the Director of Social Services,  Mental Health  or the Director of Developmental Services designates by regulation, rules for the conduct of research and requires the research to be first reviewed by the appropriate institutional review board or boards. The rules shall include, but need not be limited to, the requirement that all researchers shall sign an oath of confidentiality as follows:
Date
As a condition of doing research concerning persons who have received services from ____ (fill in the facility, agency, agency  or person), I, ____, agree to obtain the prior informed consent of those such  persons who have received services to the maximum degree possible as determined by the appropriate institutional review board or boards for protection of human subjects reviewing my research, and I further agree not to divulge any information obtained in the course of that such  research to unauthorized persons, and not to publish or otherwise make public any information regarding persons who have received services such that the person who received services is identifiable.  
I recognize that the unauthorized release of confidential information may make me subject to a civil action under provisions of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

(6) (f)  To the courts, as necessary to the administration of justice.
(7) (g)  To governmental law enforcement agencies as needed for the protection of federal and state elective constitutional officers and their families.  
(8) (h)  To the Senate  Committee on Senate  Rules or the Assembly  Committee on Assembly  Rules for the purposes of legislative investigation authorized by the committee.
(9) (i)  If the recipient of services who applies for life or disability insurance designates in writing the insurer to which records or information may be disclosed.  
(10) (j)  To the attorney for the patient in any and all proceedings upon presentation of a release of information signed by the patient, except that when the patient is unable to sign the release, the staff of the facility, upon satisfying itself of the identity of the attorney, and of the fact that the attorney does represent the interests of the patient, may release all information and records relating to the patient, patient  except that nothing in  this article does not  shall be construed to  compel a physician and surgeon,  physician,  licensed psychologist, social worker with a master’s degree in social work, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor,  nurse, attorney, or other professional person to reveal information that has been given to him or her in confidence by members of a patient’s family.
(11) (k)  Upon written agreement by a person previously confined in or otherwise treated by a facility, the professional person in charge of the facility or his or her designee may release any information, except information that has been given in confidence by members of the person’s family, requested by a probation officer charged with the evaluation of the person after his or her conviction of a crime if the professional person in charge of the facility determines that the information is relevant to the evaluation. The agreement shall only be operative until sentence is passed on the crime of which the person was convicted. The confidential information released pursuant to this paragraph subdivision  shall be transmitted to the court separately from the probation report and shall not be placed in the probation report. The confidential information shall remain confidential except for purposes of sentencing. After sentencing, the confidential information shall be sealed.
(12) ( l)  (A)  Between persons who are trained and qualified to serve on multidisciplinary personnel “multidisciplinary personnel”  teams pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 18951. The information and records sought to be disclosed shall be relevant to the provision of child welfare services or the investigation,  prevention, identification, management, or treatment of child abuse or neglect  an abused child and his or her parents  pursuant to Chapter 11 (commencing with Section 18950) of Part 6 of Division 9. Information obtained pursuant to this paragraph shall not be used in any criminal or delinquency proceeding. This paragraph does not prohibit evidence identical to that contained within the records from being admissible in a criminal or delinquency proceeding, if the evidence is derived solely from means other than this paragraph, as permitted by law. 
(B) As used in this paragraph, “child welfare services” means those services that are directed at preventing child abuse or neglect.
(13) (m)  To county patients’ rights advocates who have been given knowing voluntary authorization by a client or a guardian ad litem. The client or guardian ad litem, whoever entered into the agreement, may revoke the authorization at any time, either in writing or by oral declaration to an approved advocate.
(14) (n)  To a committee established in compliance with Section 14725. Sections 4070 and 5624. 
(15) (o)  In providing information as described in Section 7325.5. This paragraph does not  Nothing in this subdivision shall  permit the release of any information other than that described in Section 7325.5.  
(16) (p)  To the county behavioral mental  health director or the director’s designee, or to a law enforcement officer, or to the person designated by a law enforcement agency, pursuant to Sections 5152.1 and 5250.1.  
(17) (q)  If the patient gives his or her consent, information specifically pertaining to the existence of genetically handicapping conditions, as defined in Section 125135 341.5  of the Health and Safety Code, may be released to qualified professional persons for purposes of genetic counseling for blood relatives upon request of the blood relative. For purposes of this paragraph, subdivision,  “qualified professional persons” means those persons with the qualifications necessary to carry out the genetic counseling duties under this paragraph subdivision  as determined by the genetic disease unit established in the State Department of Health Care  Services under Section 125000 309  of the Health and Safety Code. If the patient does not respond or cannot respond to a request for permission to release information pursuant to this paragraph subdivision  after reasonable attempts have been made over a two-week period to get a response, the information may be released upon request of the blood relative.
(18) (r)  If When  the patient, in the opinion of his or her psychotherapist, presents a serious danger of violence to a reasonably foreseeable victim or victims, then any of the information or records specified in this section may be released to that person or persons and to law enforcement agencies and county child welfare agencies  as the psychotherapist determines is needed for the protection of that person or persons. For purposes of this paragraph, “psychotherapist” has the same meaning as provided in  subdivision, “psychotherapist” means anyone so defined within  Section 1010 of the Evidence Code.  
(s) To persons serving on an interagency case management council established in compliance with Section 5606.6 to the extent necessary to perform its duties. This council shall attempt to obtain the consent of the client. If this consent is not given by the client, the council shall justify in the client’s chart why these records are necessary for the work of the council.
(19) (t)  (A) (1)  To the designated officer of an emergency response employee, and from that designated officer to an emergency response employee regarding possible exposure to HIV or AIDS, but only to the extent necessary to comply with provisions of  the federal  Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990 (Public Law  (P.L.  101-381; 42 U.S.C. Sec. 201).
(B) (2)  For purposes of this paragraph, subdivision,  “designated officer” and “emergency response employee” have the same meaning as these terms are used in the federal  Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990 (Public Law  (P.L.  101-381; 42 U.S.C. Sec. 201).
(C) (3)  The designated officer shall be subject to the confidentiality requirements specified in Section 120980 of the Health and Safety Code, and  120980, and  may be personally liable for unauthorized release of any identifying information about the HIV results. Further, the designated officer shall inform the exposed emergency response employee that the employee is also subject to the confidentiality requirements specified in Section 120980 of the Health and Safety Code, and  120980, and  may be personally liable for unauthorized release of any identifying information about the HIV test results.
(20) (u)  (A) (1)  To a law enforcement officer who personally lodges with a facility, as defined in subparagraph (B), paragraph (2),  a warrant of arrest or an abstract of such  a warrant showing that the person sought is wanted for a serious felony, as defined in Section 1192.7 of the Penal Code, or a violent felony, as defined in Section 667.5 of the Penal Code. The information sought and released shall be limited to whether or not the person named in the arrest warrant is presently confined in the facility. This subparagraph paragraph  shall be implemented with minimum disruption to health facility operations and patients, in accordance with Section 5212. If the law enforcement officer is informed that the person named in the warrant is confined in the facility, the officer may not enter the facility to arrest the person without obtaining a valid search warrant or the permission of staff of the facility.
(B) (2)  For purposes of subparagraph (A), paragraph (1),  a facility means all of the following:
(i) (A)  A state hospital, as defined in Section 4001.
(ii) (B)  A general acute care hospital, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 1250 of the Health and Safety Code, solely with regard to information pertaining to a person with mental illness  mentally disordered person  subject to this section.
(iii) (C)  An acute psychiatric hospital, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 1250 of the Health and Safety Code.
(iv) (D)  A psychiatric health facility, as described in Section 1250.2 of the Health and Safety Code.
(v) (E)  A mental health rehabilitation center, as described in Section 5675.
(vi) (F)  A skilled nursing facility with a special treatment program for individuals with mental illness, chronically mentally disordered patients,  as described in Sections 51335 and 72445 to 72475, inclusive, of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.
(21) Between persons who are trained and qualified to serve on multidisciplinary personnel teams pursuant to Section 15610.55. The information and records sought to be disclosed shall be relevant to the prevention, identification, management, or treatment of an abused elder or dependent adult pursuant to Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 15750) of Part 3 of Division 9.
(22) (A) When an employee is served with a notice of adverse action, as defined in Section 19570 of the Government Code, all of the following information and records may be released:
(i) All information and records that the appointing authority relied upon in issuing the notice of adverse action.
(ii) All other information and records that are relevant to the adverse action, or that would constitute relevant evidence as defined in Section 210 of the Evidence Code.
(iii) The information described in clauses (i) and (ii) may be released only if both of the following conditions are met:
(I) The appointing authority has provided written notice to the consumer and the consumer’s legal representative or, if the consumer has no legal representative or if the legal representative is a state agency, to the clients’ rights advocate, and the consumer, the consumer’s legal representative, or the clients’ rights advocate has not objected in writing to the appointing authority within five business days of receipt of the notice, or the appointing authority, upon review of the objection, has determined that the circumstances on which the adverse action is based are egregious or threaten the health, safety, or life of the consumer or other consumers and without the information the adverse action could not be taken.
(II) The appointing authority, the person against whom the adverse action has been taken, and the person’s representative, if any, have entered into a stipulation that does all of the following:
(ia) Prohibits the parties from disclosing or using the information or records for any purpose other than the proceedings for which the information or records were requested or provided.
(ib) Requires the employee and the employee’s legal representative to return to the appointing authority all records provided to them under this paragraph, including, but not limited to, all records and documents from any source containing confidential information protected by this section, and all copies of those records and documents, within 10 days of the date that the adverse action becomes final, except for the actual records and documents or copies thereof that are no longer in the possession of the employee or the employee’s legal representative because they were submitted to the administrative tribunal as a component of an appeal from the adverse action.
(ic) Requires the parties to submit the stipulation to the administrative tribunal with jurisdiction over the adverse action at the earliest possible opportunity.
(B) For purposes of this paragraph, the State Personnel Board may, before any appeal from adverse action being filed with it, issue a protective order, upon application by the appointing authority, for the limited purpose of prohibiting the parties from disclosing or using information or records for any purpose other than the proceeding for which the information or records were requested or provided, and to require the employee or the employee’s legal representative to return to the appointing authority all records provided to them under this paragraph, including, but not limited to, all records and documents from any source containing confidential information protected by this section, and all copies of those records and documents, within 10 days of the date that the adverse action becomes final, except for the actual records and documents or copies thereof that are no longer in the possession of the employee or the employee’s legal representatives because they were submitted to the administrative tribunal as a component of an appeal from the adverse action.
(C) Individual identifiers, including, but not limited to, names, social security numbers, and hospital numbers, that are not necessary for the prosecution or defense of the adverse action, shall not be disclosed.
(D) All records, documents, or other materials containing confidential information protected by this section that have been submitted or otherwise disclosed to the administrative agency or other person as a component of an appeal from an adverse action shall, upon proper motion by the appointing authority to the administrative tribunal, be placed under administrative seal and shall not, thereafter, be subject to disclosure to any person or entity except upon the issuance of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
(E) For purposes of this paragraph, an adverse action becomes final when the employee fails to answer within the time specified in Section 19575 of the Government Code, or, after filing an answer, withdraws the appeal, or, upon exhaustion of the administrative appeal or of the judicial review remedies as otherwise provided by law.
(23) To the person appointed as the developmental services decisionmaker for a minor, dependent, or ward pursuant to Section 319, 361, or 726.
(24) During the provision of emergency services and care, as defined in Section 1317.1 of the Health and Safety Code, the communication of patient information between a physician and surgeon, licensed psychologist, social worker with a master’s degree in social work, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor, nurse, emergency medical personnel at the scene of an emergency or in an emergency medical transport vehicle, or other professional person or emergency medical personnel at a health facility licensed pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 1250) of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code.
(25) To a business associate or for health care operations purposes, in accordance with Part 160 (commencing with Section 160.101) and Part 164 (commencing with Section 164.102) of Subchapter C of Subtitle A of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(b) (v)  The amendment of paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) subdivision (d)  enacted at the 1970 Regular Session of the Legislature does not constitute a change in, but is declaratory of, the preexisting law.
(c) (w)  This section is shall  not be  limited by Section 5150.05 or 5332.

SEC. 9.

 Section 5332 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

5332.
 (a) Antipsychotic medication, as defined in subdivision (l) of Section 5008, may be administered to any person subject to detention pursuant to Section 5150, 5250, 5260, or 5270.15, if that person does not refuse that medication following disclosure of the right to refuse medication as well as information required to be given to persons pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 5152 and subdivision (b) of Section 5213.
(b) If any person subject to detention pursuant to Section 5150, 5250, 5260, or 5270.15, and for whom antipsychotic medication has been prescribed, orally refuses or gives other indication of refusal of treatment with that medication, the medication shall be administered only when treatment staff have considered and determined that treatment alternatives to involuntary medication are unlikely to meet the needs of the patient, and upon a determination of that person’s incapacity to refuse the treatment, in a hearing held for that purpose.
(c) Each hospital in conjunction with the hospital medical staff or any other treatment facility in conjunction with its clinical staff shall develop internal procedures for facilitating the filing of petitions for capacity hearings and other activities required pursuant to this chapter.
(d) When any person is subject to detention pursuant to Section 5150, 5250, 5260, or 5270.15, the agency or facility providing the treatment shall acquire the person’s medication history, if possible.
(e) In the case of an emergency, as defined in subdivision (m) of Section 5008, a person detained pursuant to Section 5150, 5250, 5260, or 5270.15 may be treated with antipsychotic medication over his or her objection prior to a capacity hearing, but only with antipsychotic medication that is required to treat the emergency condition, which shall be provided in the manner least restrictive to the personal liberty of the patient. It is not necessary for harm to take place or become unavoidable prior to intervention.

SEC. 10.

 Section 14021.8 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

14021.8.
 The department may not utilize any information regarding whether a beneficiary’s psychiatric inpatient admission was made on a voluntary or involuntary basis for the purpose of determining eligibility for Medi-Cal claim reimbursement.
SEC. 11.
 Section 8.5 of this bill incorporates amendments to Section 5328 of the Welfare and Institutions Code proposed by both this bill and AB 213. It shall only become operative if (1) both bills are enacted and become effective on or before January 1, 2002, (2) each bill amends Section 5328 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, and (3) this bill is enacted after AB 213, in which case Section 8 of this bill shall not become operative.
SEC. 12.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.