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AB-920 Substance abuse recovery or treatment providers.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 The heading of Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 11830) of Part 2 of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

CHAPTER  7. Licensing of Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Recovery or Treatment Programs

SEC. 2.

 Section 11830 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

11830.
 (a) Beginning January 1, 2021, an outpatient alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment program that provides those services to the public for compensation and is not otherwise licensed pursuant to this part shall be licensed by the department pursuant to the program established under this chapter. This chapter does not apply to peer-to-peer support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, or other religious or nonreligious recovery groups that are peer-led and do not provide or bill for outpatient services.
(b)  The department shall take the following goals and objectives into consideration in the implementation of this chapter:
(a) (1)  The significance of county-operated or  community-based programs to alcohol and other drug abuse recovery shall not be diminished.
(b) (2)  Opportunities for low-income and special needs populations to receive alcohol and other drug abuse recovery or treatment services shall be encouraged.

SEC. 3.

 Section 11830.01 of the Health and Safety Code is amended and renumbered to read:

11830.01. 11834.19. 
 (a) The department’s death investigation policy shall be designed to ensure that a resident’s  resident or program client  death is addressed and investigated by the department in a timely manner.
(b) The telephonic and written reports of resident or program client  deaths occurring in a licensed facility that  or at a licensed program  are required to be reported to the department shall include, but not be limited to, a description of the event or incident, including the time, location, and nature of the event or incident, a list of immediate actions that were taken, including persons contacted, and a description of the followup action that is planned,  department,  including, but not limited to, steps taken to prevent a future death.  all of the following: 
(1) A description of the event or incident, including the time, location, and nature of the event or incident.
(2) A list of immediate actions that were taken, including persons contacted.
(3) A description of planned followup action, including, but not limited to, steps taken to prevent a future death.
(c) A telephonic report required under subdivision (b), which includes the event or incident and all information required under subdivision (b) that is known at the time of the report, shall be submitted to the department within one working day of the event or incident.
(d) A written report required under subdivision (b), which includes all information required under subdivision (b), shall be submitted to the department within seven calendar days of the event or incident.

SEC. 4.

 Section 11830.1 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

11830.1.
 In order to ensure quality assurance of outpatient  alcohol and other drug programs and expand the availability of funding resources, the department shall implement a program certification  licensing  procedure for outpatient  alcohol and other drug treatment or  recovery services. programs.  The department, after consultation with the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California, the California Society of Addiction Medicine,  and other interested organizations and individuals, shall develop standards and  regulations for the alcohol and other drug treatment recovery services alcoholism or drug abuse treatment or recovery programs  describing the minimal level of service quality required of the service providers  to qualify for and obtain state certification. The standards shall be excluded from the rulemaking requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code). Compliance with these standards shall be voluntary on the part of programs.  an outpatient program state license.  For the purposes of Section 2626.2 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, certification licensure  shall be equivalent to program review.

SEC. 5.

 Section 11830.5 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

11830.5.
 (a) The department, in consultation with the county alcohol and drug program administrators  administrators, the California Society of Addiction Medicine,  and other interested organizations and individuals, shall develop program standards for inclusion in regulations  specific to each type of residential and nonresidential program, to be used during its certification process. These standards shall be advisory only and are excluded from the provisions of Section 11340.5 of the Government Code and other rulemaking requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), and Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 11835). licensure process. 
(b) The program licensure  standards shall include, but not be limited to, both all  of the following:
(1) Recognition and characterization of different approaches and solutions to the alcohol and drug problems that the department determines have sufficient merit for a separate standard.
(2) Reference to the needs of youth, the elderly,  youth up to 26 years of age, elderly individuals,  women, pregnant women, mothers and their children, gays, lesbians,  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and nonbinary individuals,  the disabled, and special populations, with recognition of innovative solutions to the problems of those special populations.
(3) Evidence-based standards that are equivalent to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) treatment criteria as those criteria existed on January 1, 2019, or the latest adopted version as the minimum standard of care for licensed programs.
(4) (A)   A county Drug Medi-Cal organized delivery system (DMC-ODS) authorized under the California Medi-Cal 2020 Demonstration, Number 11-W-00193/9, as approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and described in the Special Terms and Conditions, shall be deemed in compliance with the requirements of this chapter.
(B) A county that contracts with the department under the Drug Medi-Cal Treatment Program, as specified in Article 3.2 (commencing with Section 14124.20) of Chapter 7 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, and an entity that contracts with a county for purposes of this program, for the provision of alcohol and drug use services exclusively to clients within a county service area that is a non-DMC-ODS, shall be exempt from this chapter until January 1, 2023, or until the county operates a DMC-ODS, whichever is earlier.
(5) A program licensed under this chapter shall not ban the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to any client in its program if that client meets the ASAM criteria for MAT.
(6) A program shall be required to keep accurate records of admissions, withdrawals, transfers, and discharges and the reasons for each.
(7) Licensure standards shall be implemented in a way that provides for sufficient time for programs to comply without significant displacement of clients.
(c) The program standards shall serve as educational documents to inform the public of the current state-of-the-art in effective and cost-efficient alcohol and drug problem programming.

SEC. 6.

 Section 11831 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

11831.
 To the maximum extent possible, a reasonable effort to refer a client to other programs, facilities, or services is encouraged for any  A client shall be referred to other licensed programs or facilities when a  program or facility which  is unable to accept a client after initial assessment.

SEC. 7.

 Section 11831.2 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

11831.2.
 (a)  The department shall charge a fee for the certification of programs,  that does not exceed the reasonable regulatory costs of administering this chapter and licensing a program under this chapter,  in accordance with Chapter 7.3 (commencing with Section 11833.01).
(b) In setting the fee described in subdivision (a), the department shall take into account the size of the program, based on projected caseload.

SEC. 8.

 Section 11831.5 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

11831.5.
 (a) Certification  A license  shall be granted by the department pursuant to this section to any qualified outpatient  alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment program, regardless of the source of the program’s funding, upon approval of a completed application and payment of the required fee. The certification license  shall be valid for a period of not more than two years. The department may extend the certification licensure  period upon receipt and approval  of an application for renewal and payment of the required certification licensure  fee prior to the expiration date of the certification. license. 
(b) The purposes of certification licensure  under this section shall be all of the following:
(1) To identify and license  programs that meet or  exceed minimal minimum  levels of service quality, are in substantial  compliance with the department’s standards, regulations,  and merit the confidence of the public, third-party payers, and county alcohol and drug programs.
(2) To encourage  ensure that  programs to  meet their stated goals and objectives.
(3) To encourage programs to strive for increased quality of service through recognition by the state and by peer programs in the alcoholism and drug field. ensure that programs provide high-quality, evidence-based treatment for Californians in need of substance use disorder treatment. 
(4) To assist programs to identify their needs for technical assistance, training, and program improvements.
(c) Certification may be granted under this section on the basis of evidence satisfactory to the department that the requesting alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment program has an accreditation by a statewide or national alcohol or drug program accrediting body. The accrediting body shall provide accreditation that meets or exceeds the department’s standards and is recognized by the department.
(d) Certification, or the lack thereof, shall not convey any approval or disapproval by the department, but shall be for information purposes only.
(e) The standards developed pursuant to Section 11830 and the certification under this section shall satisfy the requirements of Section 1463.16 of the Penal Code.
(f) (c)  The department and the State Department of Social Services shall enter into a memorandum of understanding to establish a process by which the State  Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs can certify Health Care Services can license  residential facilities or programs serving primarily adolescents, as defined in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 1502, that have programs that primarily serve adolescents and provide alcohol and other drug recovery or treatment services.
(g) Regulations adopted by the department pursuant to this section shall be adopted as emergency regulations in accordance with Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, and for the purposes of that chapter, including Section 11349.6 of the Government Code, the adoption of these regulations is an emergency and shall be considered by the Office of Administrative Law as necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, and general welfare. Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, including subdivision (e) of Section 11346.1 of the Government Code, any emergency regulations adopted pursuant to this section shall be filed with, but not be repealed by, the Office of Administrative Law and shall remain in effect until revised by the department. Nothing in this subdivision shall be interpreted to prohibit the department from adopting subsequent amendments on a nonemergency basis or as emergency regulations in accordance with the standards set forth in Section 11346.1 of the Government Code.

SEC. 9.

 Section 11831.51 is added to the Health and Safety Code, immediately following Section 11831.5, to read:

11831.51.
 (a) An entity shall not operate, establish, manage, conduct, or maintain an outpatient alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment program within this state without first obtaining a current valid license issued pursuant to Section 11831.5.
(b) If an outpatient alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment program is alleged to be in violation of subdivision (a), the department shall conduct a site visit to investigate the allegation. If the department’s employee or agent finds evidence that the program is providing those services without a license, the employee or agent shall take the following actions:
(1) Submit the findings of the investigation to the department.
(2) Upon departmental authorization, issue a written notice to the program stating that the program is operating in violation of subdivision (a). The notice shall include all of the following:
(A) The date by which the program shall cease providing services.
(B) Notice that the department will assess against the program a civil penalty of two thousand dollars ($2,000) per day for every day the program continues to provide services beyond the date specified in the notice.
(C) Notice that the case will be referred for civil proceedings pursuant to subdivision (c) in the event the program continues to provide services beyond the date specified in the notice.
(3) Inform the program of the licensing requirements of paragraph (2).
(4) An entity found to be in violation of subdivision (a) shall be prohibited from applying for initial licensure for a period of five years from the date of the notice specified in paragraph (2).
(c) (1) The director may bring an action to enjoin the violation of subdivision (a) in the superior court in and for the county in which the violation occurred. A proceeding under this section shall conform to the requirements of Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 525) of Title 7 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure, except that the director shall not be required to allege facts necessary to show or tending to show lack of adequate remedy at law or irreparable damage or loss.
(2) With respect to any and all actions brought pursuant to this section alleging actual violation of subdivision (a), the court shall, if it finds the allegations to be true, issue its order enjoining the program from continuance of the violation.
(d) (1) In addition to the penalties of suspension or revocation of a license issued under this chapter, the department may also levy a civil penalty for violation of this chapter or the regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter.
(A) The amount of the civil penalty, as determined by the department, shall not be less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or more than five hundred dollars ($500) per day for each violation, except when the nature or seriousness of the violation or the frequency of the violation warrants a higher penalty or an immediate civil penalty assessment, or both, as determined by the department. In no event shall a civil penalty assessment exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) per day.
(B) A licensee that is cited for repeating the same violation within 24 months of the first violation is subject to an immediate civil penalty of five hundred dollars ($500) and an additional seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) for each day the violation continues, until the deficiency is corrected.
(C) A licensee that has been assessed a civil penalty pursuant to subparagraph (B) that repeats the same violation within 24 months of the violation subject to subparagraph (B) is subject to an immediate civil penalty of five hundred dollars ($500) and an additional one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each day the violation continues, until the deficiency is corrected.

SEC. 10.

 Section 11831.6 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

11831.6.
 (a) The following persons, programs, or entities shall not give or receive remuneration or anything of value for the referral of a person who is seeking alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and or  treatment services:
(1) An alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and or  treatment facility or program  licensed under this part.
(2) An owner, partner, officer, or director, or shareholder who holds an interest of at least 10 percent in an alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and or  treatment facility or program  licensed under this part.
(3) A person employed by, or working for, an alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and or  treatment facility or program  licensed under this part, including, but not limited to, registered and certified counselors and licensed professionals providing counseling services.
(4) An alcohol or other drug program certified by the department in accordance with the alcohol or other drug certification standards established pursuant to Section 11830.1.
(5) An owner, partner, officer, or director, or shareholder who holds an interest of at least 10 percent in an alcohol or other drug program certified by the department in accordance with the alcohol or other drug certification standards established pursuant to Section 11830.1.
(6) A person employed by, or working for, an alcohol or other drug program certified by the department in accordance with the alcohol or other drug certification standards established pursuant to Section 11830.1, including, but not limited to, registered and certified counselors and licensed professionals providing counseling services.
(b) Notwithstanding the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), the department may, if it deems appropriate, implement, interpret, or make specific this section by means of provider bulletins, written guidelines, or similar instructions from the department, until regulations are adopted.

SEC. 11.

 Section 11831.7 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

11831.7.
 (a) The department may investigate allegations of violations of Section 11831.6. this chapter.  The department may, shall,  upon finding a violation of Section 11831.6 this chapter  or any a  regulation adopted pursuant to that section, this chapter,  do any of the following:
(1) Assess a penalty upon an alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and or  treatment facility or program  licensed under this part.
(2) Suspend or revoke the license of an outpatient  alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and treatment  or treatment program licensed under this chapter, or an alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment  facility licensed under Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 11834.01), or deny an application for licensure, extension of the licensing period, or modification to a license. Article 4 (commencing with Section 11834.35) of Chapter 7.5 shall apply to any action taken pursuant to this paragraph.
(3) Assess a penalty upon an alcohol or other drug program certified by the department in accordance with the alcohol or other drug certification standards established pursuant to Section 11830.1.
(4) Suspend or revoke the certification of an alcohol or other drug program certified by the department in accordance with the alcohol or other drug certification standards established pursuant to Section 11830.1.
(5) (3)  Suspend or revoke the registration or certification of a counselor for a violation of Section 11831.6. this chapter. 
(b) The department may investigate allegations against a licensed professional providing counseling services at an alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and or  treatment program licensed, certified,  licensed  or funded under this part, and recommend disciplinary actions, including, but not limited to, termination of employment at a program and suspension and revocation of licensure by the respective licensing board.
(c) Notwithstanding the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), the department may, if it deems appropriate, implement, interpret, or make specific this section by means of provider bulletins, written guidelines, or similar instructions from the department, until regulations are adopted.

SEC. 11.5.

 Section 11831.7 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

11831.7.
 (a) The department may investigate allegations of violations of Section 11831.6. this chapter.  The department may, shall,  upon finding a violation of Section 11831.6 this chapter  or any a  regulation adopted pursuant to that section, this chapter,  do any of the following:
(1) Assess a penalty upon an alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and or  treatment facility or program  licensed under this part.
(2) Suspend or revoke the license of an outpatient  alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and treatment  or treatment program licensed under this chapter, or an alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment  facility licensed under Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 11834.01), or deny an application for licensure, extension of the licensing period, or modification to a license. Article 4 (commencing with Section 11834.35) of Chapter 7.5 shall apply to any action taken pursuant to this paragraph.
(3) Assess a penalty upon an alcohol or other drug program certified by the department in accordance with the alcohol or other drug certification standards established pursuant to Section 11830.1.
(4) Suspend or revoke the certification of an alcohol or other drug program certified by the department in accordance with the alcohol or other drug certification standards established pursuant to Section 11830.1.
(5) (3)  Suspend or revoke the registration or certification of a counselor for a violation of Section 11831.6. this chapter. 
(b) The department may investigate allegations against a licensed professional providing counseling services at an alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and or  treatment program licensed, certified,  licensed  or funded under this part, and recommend disciplinary actions, including, but not limited to, termination of employment at a program and suspension and revocation of licensure by the respective licensing board.
(c) The department shall establish an enforcement program focused on the oversight duties of this chapter. Staff of the enforcement program shall have responsibilities including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Provide the department with analytical support for the development and administration of this chapter.
(2) Provide the department with general oversight and monitoring focused on investigations and enforcement of this chapter.
(3) Provide the department with legal guidance in the interpretation of this chapter.
(c) (d)  Notwithstanding the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), the department may, if it deems appropriate, implement, interpret, or make specific this section by means of provider bulletins, written guidelines, or similar instructions from the department, until regulations are adopted.

SEC. 12.

 Section 11832 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

11832.
 The department may contract with public or  private individuals or agencies to provide technical assistance and training to qualify programs for state certification. licensure. 

SEC. 13.

 Section 11833 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

11833.
 (a) The department shall have the sole authority in state government to determine the qualifications, including the appropriate skills, education, training, and experience of personnel working within alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and or  treatment programs licensed, certified,  licensed  or funded under this part.
(b) (1) Except for licensed professionals, as defined by the department, the department shall require that an individual providing counseling services working within a program described in subdivision (a) be registered with or certified by a certifying organization approved by the department to register and certify counselors.
(2) The department shall not approve a certifying organization that does not, prior to registering or certifying an individual, contact other department-approved certifying organizations to determine whether the individual has ever had his or her  a  registration or certification revoked.
(c) If a counselor’s registration or certification has been previously revoked, the certifying organization shall deny the request for registration and shall send the counselor a written notice of denial. The notice shall specify the counselor’s right to appeal the denial in accordance with applicable statutes and regulations.
(d) The department shall have the authority to conduct periodic reviews of certifying organizations to determine compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including subdivision (c), and to take actions for noncompliance, including revocation of the department’s approval.
(e) (1) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the department, without taking any further regulatory action, shall implement, interpret, or make specific this section by means of all-county letters, plan letters, plan or provider bulletins, or similar instructions until the time that regulations are adopted.
(2) The department shall adopt regulations by December 31, 2017, 2021,  in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
SEC. 14.
 Section 11.5 of this bill incorporates amendments to Section 11831.7 of the Health and Safety Code proposed by both this bill and Assembly Bill 919. That section shall only become operative if (1) both bills are enacted and become effective on or before January 1, 2020, (2) each bill amends Section 11831.7 of the Health and Safety Code, and (3) this bill is enacted after Assembly Bill 919, in which case Section 11 of this bill shall not become operative.