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AB-798 Maternal mental health.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 It is the intent of the Legislature to address the shortage of treatment options for women suffering from maternal mental health disorders, including postpartum depression and anxiety disorders.

SEC. 2.

 Section 131120 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

131120.
 (a) There is hereby created a pilot program, in the 10 largest counties by population, including the County of Riverside, to increase the capacity of health care providers that serve pregnant and postpartum women up to one year after delivery to effectively prevent, identify, and manage postpartum depression and other mental health conditions. The pilot program shall be coordinated by the State Department of Public Health and shall be privately funded. The pilot program may include a provider-to-provider or patient-to-provider consultation program and utilize telehealth or e-consult technologies. The pilot program may include the following elements:
(1) Training and toolkits on screening, assessment, and the range of treatment options.
(2) Coordination of care to link women with individual services in their communities.
(3) Access to perinatal psychiatric consultations.
(b) Within six months after the results of the pilot program are reported, the State Department of Public Health, in consultation with the California Task Force on the Status of Maternal Mental Health Care and state entities, shall submit a report to the Legislature, in accordance with the requirements of Section 9795 of the Government Code, regarding the pilot program described in subdivision (a). The report shall do all of the following:
(1) Document the impact of the pilot program on increasing the number of women who were screened, assessed, and treated for maternal mental health disorders.
(2) Identify methods to expand the pilot program to additional counties or statewide.
(3) Identify funding opportunities to support the expansion of the pilot program, including federal funding, state funding, and surcharges.
(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed.
SEC. 3.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.