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AB-1766 Licensed adult residential facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly: data collection: residents with a serious mental disorder.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 06/27/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 27, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 11, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1766


Introduced by Assembly Member Bloom

February 22, 2019


An act to add Section 1501.2 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to adult residential facilities.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1766, as amended, Bloom. Licensed adult residential facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly: data collection: severe mental illness. residents with a serious mental disorder.
The California Community Care Facilities Act provides for the licensure and regulation of community care facilities by the State Department of Social Services, including various adult residential facilities, as described. The act includes legislative findings and declarations that there is an urgent need to establish a coordinated and comprehensive statewide service of quality community care for the mentally ill, the developmentally and physically disabled, and children and adults who require care or services. Existing law, the California Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of residential care facilities for the elderly, as defined, by the department and expresses the intent of the Legislature to require that those facilities be licensed as a separate category within the existing licensing structure of the department.
This bill would require the department to collect and publicly report data from licensed adult residential facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly relating to the number of individuals with a diagnosis of severe mental illness residing in each facility, the length of stay for individuals with a diagnosis of mental illness, the reason for discharge of individuals with mental illness, the locations to which people with mental illness are discharged, and the referral source for individuals with mental illness, in order to determine if those types of facilities are appropriate to meet the needs of individuals with severe mental illness. elderly, including whether the facility accepts residents with a serious mental disorder, as defined, and the destination for all residents with a serious mental disorder who exited during the previous 12 months, among other information. The bill would also require the department to publicly report on a quarterly basis how many licensed residential facilities primarily serving low-income residents closed permanently in the prior quarter and to create guidelines to ensure that the county in which a facility is located is notified when that facility notifies the department that it is closing. The bill would authorize the department to contract with a third party that specializes in creating a searchable database to create a searchable database for these purposes.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 1501.2 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1501.2.
 (a) The State Department of Social Services shall collect and publicly report annually the following data from each licensed adult residential facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly relating to the number of individuals with a diagnosis of severe mental illness residing in each facility, the length of stay for individuals with a diagnosis of mental illness, the reason for discharge of individuals with mental illness, the locations to which people with mental illness are discharged, and the referral source for individuals with mental illness in order to determine if the types of licensed adult residential facilities are appropriate to meet the needs of individuals with severe mental illness. elderly:
(1) Whether the facility accepts residents paying the Supplemental Security Income rate, upon admission.
(2) Whether the facility accepts residents with a serious mental disorder, as described in Section 5600.3 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(3) Whether the facility is a regional center vendor within the regional center system administered by the State Department of Developmental Services.
(4) How many residents in total, during the previous 12 months, were individuals with a serious mental disorder.
(5) The referral sources for all residents with a serious mental disorder who were admitted during the previous 12 months.
(6) The destination for all residents with a serious mental disorder who exited during the previous 12 months, if known.
(7) For each facility, the average length of stay for residents with a serious mental disorder.
(b) The data listed in subdivision (a) shall be aggregated and deidentified and shall not include any protected health information that is protected by state and federal law.
(c) The department shall publicly report the data collected through its internet website in two phases, as described in paragraphs (1) and (2).
(1) In the first phase, the data shall be posted on the facility evaluation report that the department posts annually for each facility and the department shall release an annual report of all data collected.
(2) In the second phase, the data shall be posted on the department’s internet website in a searchable format.
(d) (1) The department shall publicly report on a quarterly basis how many licensed residential facilities primarily serving low-income residents closed permanently in the prior quarter, by facility type and by county, and shall include the bed capacity of each facility that closed.
(2) The department shall create guidelines to ensure that the county in which a facility is located is notified when that facility notifies the department that it will be closing.
(e) The department may contract with a third party that specializes in creating a searchable database to create a searchable database for purposes of this section.