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AB-2112 Federal 21st Century Cures Act: community-based crisis response plan: grant.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/26/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2112


Introduced by Assembly Member Santiago

February 08, 2018


An act to add Section 14124.14 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to crisis intervention.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2112, as amended, Santiago. Federal 21st Century Cures Act: community-based crisis response plan: grant.
Existing law establishes the State Department of Health Care Services within the California Health and Human Services Agency and sets forth the powers and duties of the department with regard to the administration and state oversight of mental health and substance use disorder functions and programs in this state, and the Medi-Cal program. Existing law authorizes the State Department of Health Care Services department to enter into exclusive or nonexclusive contracts, or to amend existing contracts, on a bid or negotiated basis for the purpose of administering or implementing any federal grant awarded pursuant to the federal 21st Century Cures Act.
Existing federal law, the 21st Century Cures Act, authorizes the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to award competitive grants to state and local governments and Indian tribes and tribal organizations to enhance community-based crisis response systems that, among other things, promote integration and coordination between local public and private entities engaged in crisis response, such as first responders, health care providers, and behavioral health providers, and addresses gaps in community resources for crisis intervention and prevention.
This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services department to develop and submit an application to solicit a grant under the federal authority described above to develop a community-based crisis response plan and would require the grant application to include, at a minimum, and consistent with federal grant application requirements, a plan for specified objectives. The bill would require the department to confer with specified stakeholders in developing its grant proposal and application. The bill would require the department, if awarded a grant, to submit to the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, at the time and in the manner, and containing the information, as the Secretary secretary may reasonably require, a report, including an evaluation of the effect of that grant on, among other things, local crisis response services and measures for individuals receiving crisis planning and early intervention supports. The bill would also require the department to submit a copy of this report to the Legislature.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14124.14 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, immediately following Section 14124.13, to read:

14124.14.
 (a) The department shall develop and submit an application to solicit a grant authorized under Section 9007 of the federal 21st Century Cures Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 290bb-37) to develop a community-based crisis response plan. The To the extent consistent with federal grant application requirements, the grant application shall include, at a minimum, a plan for all of the following:
(1) Promoting integration and coordination between local public and private entities engaged in crisis response, including first responders, emergency health care providers, primary care providers, law enforcement, court systems, health care payers, social service providers, and behavioral health providers.
(2) Developing memoranda of understanding with public and private entities to implement crisis response services.
(3) Addressing gaps in community resources for crisis intervention and prevention.
(4) Developing models for minimizing hospital emergency department utilization and readmissions, including through appropriate discharge planning.
(b) The department shall confer with stakeholders to inform during the development of the grant application. Stakeholders shall include, but not be limited to, representatives from organizations that have experience responding to crisis care, including hospitals, first responders, emergency health care providers, primary care providers, law enforcement, court systems, health care payers, social service providers, behavioral health providers, and organizations representing consumers of behavioral health services and their significant support persons.
(c) If the department receives a grant under Section 9007 of the federal 21st Century Cures Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 290bb-37), the department shall submit to the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, at the time and in the manner, and containing the information, as the secretary may reasonably require, a report, including an evaluation of the effect of the grant on all of the following:
(1) Local crisis response services and measures for individuals receiving crisis planning and early intervention supports.
(2) Individuals reporting improved functional outcomes.
(3) Individuals receiving regular followup care following a crisis.
(d) The department shall submit a copy of the report described in subdivision (c) to the Legislature. A report submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.