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AB-1790 Foster children: mental health services.(2013-2014)

As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 21, 2014


 Section 16125 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

 A foster child whose adoption has become final, who is receiving or is eligible to receive Adoption Assistance Program assistance, including Medi-Cal, and whose foster care court supervision has been terminated, shall be provided medically necessary specialty mental health services by the local mental health plan in the county of residence of his or her adoptive parents, pursuant to all of the following:
(a) The host county mental health plan shall be responsible for submitting the treatment authorization request (TAR) to the mental health plan in the county of origin.
(b) The requesting public or private service provider shall prepare the TAR.
(c) The county of origin shall retain responsibility for authorization and reauthorization of services utilizing an expedited TAR process.
(d) (1) The State Department of Social Services shall convene a stakeholder group to identify barriers to the provision of mental health services by mental health professionals with specialized clinical training in adoption or permanency issues to children who are receiving services pursuant to this section. The stakeholder group shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following persons:
(A) Adoptive parents.
(B) Former foster youth.
(C) Representatives from the mental health and child welfare fields, including associations representing county mental health departments and private organizations providing specialty mental health services.
(D) Representatives from mental health and social work graduate degree-granting postsecondary education institutions.
(E) Representatives from relevant state and local agencies.
(2) The stakeholder group shall, on or before January 31, 2016, make specific recommendations for voluntary measures available to state and local government agencies and private entities, as appropriate, to address those barriers. The department shall collect existing research and professional literature pertinent to the need for specialized clinical training in adoption and permanency issues, and shall distribute the information to the stakeholder group for consideration and use in making its recommendations. The stakeholder group shall coordinate with, and endeavor not to duplicate, existing local, state, or national initiatives.
(3) A recommendation made pursuant to paragraph (2) shall not be construed to be binding on any state or local government agency or private entity.