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AB-2743 Psychiatric bed registry.(2015-2016)



SECTION 1.

 Article 7.1 (commencing with Section 1323.1) is added to Chapter 2 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:

Article  7.1. Acute Psychiatric Bed Registry
1323.1.
 For purposes of this article, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Designated employee” means the employee designated by a psychiatric health facility pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 1323.3.
(b) “Psychiatric health facility” means an acute psychiatric hospital as defined by subdivision (b) of Section 1250 and a licensed health facility that provides a program certified by the State Department of Health Care Services pursuant to Section 5909 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(c) “Registry” means the acute psychiatric bed registry established pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 1323.2.
1323.2.
 (a) (1) On or before July 1, 2017, the department shall establish a pilot program to create an Internet Web site-based electronic acute psychiatric bed registry to collect, aggregate, and display information regarding the availability of acute psychiatric beds in psychiatric health facilities to facilitate the identification and designation of psychiatric health facilities having beds available for the temporary detention and treatment of individuals who require that level of care or who meet the criteria for temporary detention under Section 5150 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(2) For purposes of this section, the pilot program shall be administered in the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma, and the City and County of San Francisco.
(b) The department shall administer the operation of the registry.
(c) When the registry becomes operational, the department shall notify each psychiatric health facility that the registry is operational.
(d) The department shall include at least the following fields in the registry to enable each psychiatric health facility to report and update all of the following information:
(A) The contact information for the psychiatric health facility’s designated employee.
(B) The license type of the facility.
(C) Whether the facility provides substance abuse treatment.
(D) Whether the facility provides medical treatment.
(E) Whether the available bed is secure.
(F) The types of diagnoses for which the available bed is appropriate.
1323.3.
 (a) On or before July 1, 2017, a psychiatric health facility shall designate an employee who shall submit information for inclusion in the registry and serve as the contact person to respond to requests for information related to data reported to the registry.
(b) On and after the date on which the department notifies a psychiatric health facility that the registry is operational pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 1323.2, the psychiatric health facility, through its designated employee, shall submit to the registry notification that an acute psychiatric bed has become available, upon the bed becoming available, at the psychiatric health facility.
1323.4.
 (a) The department shall submit, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government code, an interim report to the Legislature that details the department’s work to support the electronic registry. The department shall make the report available to the public and shall post the report on its Internet Web site.
(b) The department shall develop an evaluation plan to assess the impact of the pilot program. The department, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, shall submit a report to the Legislature at the end of the fourth year of the pilot program evaluating the impact of the pilot program and providing recommendations for further implementation. The department shall make the report available to the public and shall post the report on its Internet Web site.
1323.45.
 Notwithstanding Article 4 (commencing with Section 1290), a violation of this article is not a crime.
1323.46.
 This article shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022, and as of that date is repealed.