Today's Law As Amended


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AB-1601 Office of Emergency Services: behavioral health response.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 8587.14 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8587.14.
 (a) The office shall establish a behavioral health deputy director to ensure individuals have access to necessary mental and behavioral health services and supports in the aftermath of a natural disaster or declaration of a state of emergency.
(b) The deputy director shall collaborate with the Director of Health Care Services to coordinate the delivery of trauma-related support to individuals affected by a natural disaster or state of emergency. The deputy director’s responsibilities may include, but shall not be limited to, both of the following:
(1) Coordinating local behavioral health professionals to provide access to behavioral health services in the aftermath of a natural disaster or declaration of a state of emergency, including ensuring those behavioral health professionals are properly licensed.
(2) Ensuring the availability of trauma specialists to train the appropriate local emergency response staff in the aftermath of a natural disaster or declaration of a state of emergency.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8587.15 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8587.15.
 The Director of Health Care Services, in coordination with the office, shall immediately request necessary federal waivers to ensure the provision of healthcare services to individuals in an impacted area during a natural disaster or declared state of emergency.