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AB-1372 Crisis stabilization units: psychiatric patients.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Section 14724 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

14724.
 (a) A certified crisis stabilization unit designated by a mental health plan under Article 5 (commencing with Section 14680) or this chapter, and authorized pursuant to Sections 14021.4, 14680, and 14684, may, at the discretion of the mental health plan, provide medically necessary crisis stabilization services to individuals beyond the service time of 24 hours in those cases in which the individual needs inpatient psychiatric care or outpatient care and inpatient psychiatric beds or outpatient services are not reasonably available. If a person is placed under, or is already under, a 72-hour hold pursuant to Section 5150, he or she shall be credited for the time detained at a certified crisis stabilization unit addressed by this section. Nothing in this section shall be construed to encourage the placement of a 72-hour hold pursuant to Section 5150 for an individual who is at a certified crisis stabilization unit on a voluntary basis.
(b) The department shall amend its contract with a mental health plan to include a provision authorizing the provision of crisis stabilization services as described in this section if the mental health plan elects to provide crisis stabilization services pursuant to this section.
(c) The department shall require each mental health plan to establish treatment protocols, documentation standards, and administrative procedures, consistent with best practices and other evidence-based medicine, to be followed by a certified crisis stabilization unit for appropriate treatment to individuals who are provided crisis stabilization services for more than 24 hours.
(d) The department shall seek any state plan amendments or waivers, or amendments to existing waivers, that are necessary to implement this section.