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AB-2360 Telehealth: mental health.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the Mothers and Children Mental Health Support Act of 2020.

SEC. 2.

 Section 1367.626 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1367.626.
 (a) In order to more quickly diagnose and treat children and pregnant and postpartum persons suffering from mental illness, by July 1, 2021, a health care service plan shall provide access to a telehealth consultation program that provides contracting providers who treat children and persons who are pregnant or up to one year postpartum with access to a mental health consultation program during the treating provider’s standard provider hours, which may include evenings and weekends. The telehealth consultation program shall include a triage service and consultation by a mental health clinician with expertise appropriate for pregnant, postpartum, and pediatric patients, including a psychiatrist when appropriate or requested by the treating provider, by telephone or telehealth video, and shall include guidance on the range of evidence-based treatment options, including psychotherapy, as determined to be appropriate, screening tools, and referrals.
(b) A health care service plan shall communicate information relating to the telehealth program and its availability to contracting medical providers who treat children and pregnant and postpartum persons, including pediatricians, obstetricians, and primary care providers, at least twice a year in writing.
(c) A health care service plan shall monitor data pertaining to the utilization of its telehealth consultation program to facilitate ongoing quality improvements to the program, as necessary.
(d) A health care service plan shall provide a description of the telehealth consultation program to the department in a manner and format prescribed by the department.
(e) This section does not apply to a specialized health care service plan, except a specialized behavioral health-only plan offering professional mental health services.

SEC. 3.

 Section 10123.868 is added to the Insurance Code, to read:

10123.868.
 (a) In order to more quickly diagnose and treat children and pregnant and postpartum persons suffering from mental illness, by July 1, 2021, a health insurer shall provide access to a telehealth consultation program that provides contracting providers who treat children and persons who are pregnant or up to one year postpartum with access to a mental health consultation program during the treating provider’s standard provider hours, which may include evenings and weekends. The telehealth consultation program shall include a triage service and consultation by a mental health clinician with expertise appropriate for pregnant, postpartum, and pediatric patients, including a psychiatrist when appropriate or requested by the treating provider, by telephone or telehealth video, and shall include guidance on the range of evidence-based treatment options, including psychotherapy, as determined to be appropriate, screening tools, and referrals.
(b) A health insurer shall communicate information relating to the telehealth program and its availability to contracting medical providers who treat children and pregnant and postpartum persons, including pediatricians, obstetricians, and primary care providers, at least twice a year in writing.
(c) A health insurer shall monitor data pertaining to the utilization of its telehealth consultation program to facilitate ongoing quality improvements to the program, as necessary.
(d) A health insurer shall provide a description of the telehealth consultation program to the department in a manner and format prescribed by the department.
(e) This section does not apply to a specialized health insurer, except a specialized behavioral health-only insurer offering professional mental health services.
(f) This section shall not be construed to alter a health insurer’s obligations pursuant to Section 10112.2 or 10144.4.
SEC. 4.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.