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SB-1273 Crisis stabilization units: funding.(2015-2016)



SECTION 1.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) There is an urgent and crucial need for mental health crisis stabilization services in California.
(2) In 2004, the California electorate approved Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, to address serious mental illness among adults, children, and seniors, including the provision of prevention and early intervention services.
(3) Currently, there are counties using Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) moneys for crisis stabilization services, and other counties that are not. Some counties not using MHSA moneys for crisis stabilization services have expressed the need for clarification of state law that the colocation of voluntary and involuntary services at facilities providing crisis stabilization services does not preclude the use of MHSA moneys.
(b) The Legislature finds and declares that this act clarifies that counties may use funds provided under the Mental Health Services Act to provide voluntary services to individuals who are receiving services at facilities in which involuntary services are also provided.

SEC. 2.

 Section 5813.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

5813.5.
 Subject to the availability of funds from the Mental Health Services Fund, the state shall distribute funds for the provision of services under Sections 5801, 5802, and 5806 to county mental health programs. Services shall be available to adults and seniors with severe illnesses who meet the eligibility criteria in subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 5600.3. For purposes of this act, seniors “seniors”  means older adult persons identified in Part 3 (commencing with Section 5800) of this division.
(a) Funding shall be provided at sufficient levels to ensure that counties can provide each adult and senior served pursuant to this part with the medically necessary mental health services, medications, and supportive services set forth in the applicable treatment plan.
(b) The funding shall only cover the portions of those costs of services that cannot be paid for with other funds including other mental health funds, public and private insurance, and other local, state, and federal funds.
(c) Each county mental health program’s plan shall provide for services in accordance with the system of care for adults and seniors who meet the eligibility criteria in subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 5600.3.
(d) Planning for services shall be consistent with the philosophy, principles, and practices of the Recovery Vision recovery vision  for mental health consumers:
(1) To promote concepts key to the recovery for individuals who have mental illness: hope, personal empowerment, respect, social connections, self-responsibility, and self-determination.
(2) To promote consumer-operated services as a way to support recovery.
(3) To reflect the cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity of mental health consumers.
(4) To plan for each consumer’s individual needs.
(e) The plan for each county mental health program shall indicate, subject to the availability of funds as determined by Part 4.5 (commencing with Section 5890) of this division,  5890),  and other funds available for mental health services, adults and seniors with a severe mental illness being served by this program are either receiving services from this program or have a mental illness that is not sufficiently severe to require the level of services required of this program.
(f) Each county plan and annual update pursuant to Section 5847 shall consider ways to provide services similar to those established pursuant to the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grant Program. Funds shall not be used to pay for persons incarcerated in state prison or parolees from state prisons.
(f) (1)  Each county plan and annual update pursuant to Section 5847 shall consider ways to provide services similar to those established pursuant to the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grant Program. Funds shall not be used to pay for persons incarcerated in state prison or parolees from state prisons.  When included in county plans pursuant to Section 5847, funds may be used for the provision of mental health services under Sections 5347 and 5348 in counties that elect to participate in the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Demonstration Project Act of 2002 (Article 9 (commencing with Section 5345) of Chapter 2 of Part 1).
(2) When included in county plans pursuant to Section 5847, funds may be used for the provision of voluntary outpatient crisis stabilization services to individuals, even when individuals who are receiving involuntary services are treated at the same facility. This paragraph is not intended to require or authorize the displacement of employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement governed by the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 3500) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code) who perform services described in this paragraph.
(g) The department shall contract for services with county mental health programs pursuant to Section 5897. After the effective date of this section, the term grants referred to in Sections 5814 and 5814.5 shall refer to such contracts.