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AB-1275 Mental health services: county pilot program.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 5688.7 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

 (a) The State Department of Health Care Services shall establish a three-year pilot project to include the County of Los Angeles and up to nine additional counties. The purpose of the pilot project shall be for each participating county to establish an outreach team to provide outreach services to individuals with a history of mental illness or substance use disorders who are unable to provide for urgently needed medical care and who are homeless or at risk of experiencing homelessness. An outreach team shall facilitate early intervention and treatment for these individuals in the least restrictive environment and shall provide intensive outreach, case management, and linkage to services, including housing and treatment services. All persons staffing outreach teams shall be county employees.
(b) The department shall select from applicants a representative sampling of counties to include, but not be limited to, rural, urban, northern, central, and southern counties. The department shall consult and collaborate with, at a minimum, the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California to establish the criteria for selection in the pilot project, the outcome measurements of the pilot project, and the reporting criteria.
(c) The department shall, within 18 months of the operative date of this section and in each subsequent year for the duration of the pilot project, report to the Legislature on the status of the pilot project and submit a final report to the Legislature at the conclusion of the three-year pilot project. A report submitted pursuant to this section shall be submitted in accordance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(d) This section shall only become operative upon appropriation by the Legislature for the specific implementation and administration of this section.