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SB-944 Community paramedicine programs: guidelines.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 01/29/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 944


Introduced by Senator Hertzberg

January 29, 2018


An act relating to community paramedicine.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 944, as introduced, Hertzberg. Community paramedicine programs: guidelines.
Existing law, the Emergency Medical Services System and the Prehospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act, governs local emergency medical services (EMS) systems. The act establishes the Emergency Medical Services Authority, which is responsible for the coordination and integration of emergency medical services. Among other duties, the authority is required to develop planning and implementation guidelines for emergency medical services systems, provide technical assistance to existing agencies, counties, and cities for the purpose of developing the components of emergency medical services systems, and receive plans for the implementation of emergency medical services and trauma care systems from local EMS agencies.
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that establishes statewide guidelines for, and authorizes the implementation of, community paramedicine programs in California, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that establishes statewide guidelines for, and authorizes the implementation of, community paramedicine programs in California that utilize existing providers, promote continuity of care, and maximize existing efficiencies within the first response and emergency medical services system.