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AB-1188 Health professions development: loan repayment.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/27/2017 10:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 26, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 05, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1188


Introduced by Assembly Member Nazarian

February 17, 2017


An act to amend amend, repeal, and add Sections 2987.2, 4984.75, and 4996.65 of, and to add Section 4999.121 to, the Business and Professions Code, and to amend amend, repeal, and add Section 128454 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to health professions development, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1188, as amended, Nazarian. Health professions development: loan repayment.
(1) Existing law authorizes any licensed mental health service provider, as defined, including a mental health service provider who is employed at a publicly funded mental health facility or a public or nonprofit private mental health facility that contracts with a county mental health entity or facility to provide mental health services, and who provides direct patient care in a publicly funded facility or a mental health professional shortage area, to apply for grants under the Licensed Mental Health Service Provider Education Program to reimburse his or her educational loans related to a career as a licensed mental health service provider, as specified. Existing law establishes the Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund and provides that moneys in that fund are available, upon appropriation, for purposes of the Licensed Mental Health Service Provider Education Program.
This bill would would, on and after July 1, 2018, add licensed professional clinical counselors and licensed professional clinical counselor interns associate professional clinical counselors to those licensed mental health service providers eligible for grants to reimburse educational loans.
(2) The Psychology Licensing Law establishes the Board of Psychology to license and regulate the practice of psychology. That law establishes a biennial license renewal fee and also requires the board to collect an additional fee of $10 at the time of renewal and directs the deposit of that fee into the Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund.
This bill would, on or after July 1, 2018, increase that additional fee to $20.
(3) The Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Act, the Clinical Social Worker Practice Act, and the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Act make the Board of Behavioral Sciences responsible for the licensure and regulation of marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and professional clinical counselors, respectively. Those acts require the board to establish and assess biennial license renewal fees, as specified. The Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Act and the Clinical Social Worker Practice Act also require the board to collect an additional fee of $10 at the time of license renewal and directs the deposit of these additional fees into the Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund.
This bill would would, on and after July 1, 2018, increase those existing additional fees under the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Act and the Clinical Social Worker Practice Act from $10 to $20, and would amend the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Act to require the Board of Behavioral Sciences to collect an additional $20 fee at the time of renewal of a license for a professional clinical counselor for deposit in the Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund.
(4) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 2987.2 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

2987.2.
 (a) In addition to the fees charged pursuant to Section 2987 for the biennial renewal of a license, the board shall collect an additional fee of twenty dollars ($20) ten dollars ($10) at the time of renewal. The board shall transfer this amount to the Controller who shall deposit the funds in the Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund.
(b) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2018, and, as of January 1, 2019, is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 2987.2 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

2987.2.
 (a) In addition to the fees charged pursuant to Section 2987 for the biennial renewal of a license, the board shall collect an additional fee of twenty dollars ($20) at the time of renewal. The board shall transfer this amount to the Controller who shall deposit the funds in the Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund.
(b) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2018.

SEC. 2.SEC. 3.

 Section 4984.75 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

4984.75.
 (a) In addition to the fees charged pursuant to Section 4984.7 for the biennial renewal of a license pursuant to Section 4984, the board shall collect an additional fee of twenty dollars ($20) ten dollars ($10) at the time of renewal. The board shall transfer this amount to the Controller who shall deposit the funds in the Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund.
(b) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2018, and, as of January 1, 2019, is repealed.

SEC. 4.

 Section 4984.75 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

4984.75.
 (a) In addition to the fees charged pursuant to Section 4984.7 for the biennial renewal of a license pursuant to Section 4984, the board shall collect an additional fee of twenty dollars ($20) at the time of renewal. The board shall transfer this amount to the Controller who shall deposit the funds in the Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund.
(b) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2018.

SEC. 3.SEC. 5.

 Section 4996.65 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

4996.65.
 (a) In addition to the fees charged pursuant to Section 4996.6 4996.3 for the biennial renewal of a license, license pursuant to Section 4996.6, the board shall collect an additional fee of twenty dollars ($20) ten dollars ($10) at the time of renewal. The board shall transfer this amount to the Controller who shall deposit the funds in the Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund.
(b) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2018, and, as of January 1, 2019, is repealed.

SEC. 6.

 Section 4996.65 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

4996.65.
 (a) In addition to the fees charged pursuant to Section 4996.3 for the biennial renewal of a license pursuant to Section 4996.6, the board shall collect an additional fee of twenty dollars ($20) at the time of renewal. The board shall transfer this amount to the Controller who shall deposit the funds in the Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund.
(b) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2018.

SEC. 4.SEC. 7.

 Section 4999.121 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

4999.121.
 (a) In addition to the fees charged pursuant to Section 4999.120 for the biennial renewal of a license, license pursuant to Section 4999.102, the board shall collect an additional fee of twenty dollars ($20) at the time of renewal. The board shall transfer this amount to the Controller who shall deposit the funds in the Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund.
(b) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2018.

SEC. 5.SEC. 8.

 Section 128454 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

128454.
 (a) There is hereby created the Licensed Mental Health Service Provider Education Program within the Health Professions Education Foundation.
(b) For purposes of this article, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) “Licensed mental health service provider” means a psychologist licensed by the Board of Psychology, registered psychologist, postdoctoral psychological assistant, postdoctoral psychology trainee employed in an exempt setting pursuant to Section 2910 of the Business and Professions Code, or employed pursuant to a State Department of Health Care Services waiver pursuant to Section 5751.2 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, marriage and family therapist, marriage and family therapist intern, associate marriage and family therapist, licensed clinical social worker, and associate clinical social worker, licensed professional clinical counselor, and licensed professional clinical counselor intern. worker.
(2) “Mental health professional shortage area” means an area designated as such by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
(c) Commencing January 1, 2005, any licensed mental health service provider, including a mental health service provider who is employed at a publicly funded mental health facility or a public or nonprofit private mental health facility that contracts with a county mental health entity or facility to provide mental health services, who provides direct patient care in a publicly funded facility or a mental health professional shortage area may apply for grants under the program to reimburse his or her educational loans related to a career as a licensed mental health service provider.
(d) The Health Professions Education Foundation shall make recommendations to the director of the office concerning all of the following:
(1) A standard contractual agreement to be signed by the director and any licensed mental health service provider who is serving in a publicly funded facility or a mental health professional shortage area that would require the licensed mental health service provider who receives a grant under the program to work in the publicly funded facility or a mental health professional shortage area for at least one year.
(2) The maximum allowable total grant amount per individual licensed mental health service provider.
(3) The maximum allowable annual grant amount per individual licensed mental health service provider.
(e) The Health Professions Education Foundation shall develop the program, which shall comply with all of the following requirements:
(1) The total amount of grants under the program per individual licensed mental health service provider shall not exceed the amount of educational loans related to a career as a licensed mental health service provider incurred by that provider.
(2) The program shall keep the fees from the different licensed providers separate to ensure that all grants are funded by those fees collected from the corresponding licensed provider groups.
(3) A loan forgiveness grant may be provided in installments proportionate to the amount of the service obligation that has been completed.
(4) The number of persons who may be considered for the program shall be limited by the funds made available pursuant to Section 128458.
(f) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2018, and, as of January 1, 2019, is repealed.

SEC. 9.

 Section 128454 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

128454.
 (a) There is hereby created the Licensed Mental Health Service Provider Education Program within the Health Professions Education Foundation.
(b) For purposes of this article, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) “Licensed mental health service provider” means a psychologist licensed by the Board of Psychology, registered psychologist, postdoctoral psychological assistant, postdoctoral psychology trainee employed in an exempt setting pursuant to Section 2910 of the Business and Professions Code or employed pursuant to a State Department of Health Care Services waiver pursuant to Section 5751.2 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, marriage and family therapist, associate marriage and family therapist, licensed clinical social worker, associate clinical social worker, licensed professional clinical counselor, and associate professional clinical counselor.
(2) “Mental health professional shortage area” means an area designated as such by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
(c) Commencing January 1, 2005, any licensed mental health service provider, including a mental health service provider who is employed at a publicly funded mental health facility or a public or nonprofit private mental health facility that contracts with a county mental health entity or facility to provide mental health services, who provides direct patient care in a publicly funded facility or a mental health professional shortage area may apply for grants under the program to reimburse his or her educational loans related to a career as a licensed mental health service provider.
(d) The Health Professions Education Foundation shall make recommendations to the director of the office concerning all of the following:
(1) A standard contractual agreement to be signed by the director and any licensed mental health service provider who is serving in a publicly funded facility or a mental health professional shortage area that would require the licensed mental health service provider who receives a grant under the program to work in the publicly funded facility or a mental health professional shortage area for at least one year.
(2) The maximum allowable total grant amount per individual licensed mental health service provider.
(3) The maximum allowable annual grant amount per individual licensed mental health service provider.
(e) The Health Professions Education Foundation shall develop the program, which shall comply with all of the following requirements:
(1) The total amount of grants under the program per individual licensed mental health service provider shall not exceed the amount of educational loans related to a career as a licensed mental health service provider incurred by that provider.
(2) The program shall keep the fees from the different licensed providers separate to ensure that all grants are funded by those fees collected from the corresponding licensed provider groups.
(3) A loan forgiveness grant may be provided in installments proportionate to the amount of the service obligation that has been completed.
(4) The number of persons who may be considered for the program shall be limited by the funds made available pursuant to Section 128458.
(f) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2018.

SEC. 6.SEC. 10.

 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to address the urgent need for licensed mental health practitioners in medically underserved areas, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.