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SB-749 Mental health program oversight: county reporting.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 5845.7 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

5845.7.
 (a) The commission, in consultation with state and local mental health authorities, shall create a comprehensive tracking program for county spending on mental and behavioral health programs and services, including funding sources, funding utilization, and outcome data at the program, service, and statewide levels.
(b) As part of the program required in subdivision (a), the commission shall do all of the following:
(1) Explore available data and information when developing the reporting framework, and obtain relevant data and information from other state entities.
(2) Develop categories of mental health programs and services tailored to inform assessments of spending patterns. These programs and services may include, but are not limited to, the following:
(A) Emergency services.
(B) Inpatient care.
(C) Intensive outpatient services.
(D) Basic social supports.
(E) General outpatient services.
(F) Community wellness supports.
(G) Outreach and education.
(3) Develop statewide measurements of mental health and report publicly about those measurements annually so that stakeholders and policymakers can assess the progress the state is making in addressing mental health needs.
(c) On or before July 31 of each year, each county shall report to the commission, in a manner to be determined by the commission, all of the following for the preceding fiscal year:
(1) The expenditures in each of the major categories established in paragraph (2) of subdivision (b).
(2) Unspent funding that was dedicated to mental and behavioral health programs and services, from all major sources.
(3) Program- and service-level outcomes that enable stakeholders to determine whether the county’s use of funds benefits individuals living with mental illnesses. These outcomes may include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(A) For emergency services: the response time of first responders, emergency room wait time and length of stay, and the frequency and timeliness of linkage to subsequent services.
(B) For inpatient care; the availability of beds and the timeliness of placement by facility type, medication compliance, and the frequency and timeliness of linkage to subsequent services.
(C) For intensive outpatient services: the population served and the population with unmet needs, medication compliance, and the incidences of hospitalization, incarceration, and other negative outcomes.
(D) For basic support services: the population served and the population with unmet needs, the average length of stay for housing and shelter, and the frequency and timeliness of linkage to concurrent or subsequent services.
(E) For general outpatient services: the population served and the population with unmet needs, the frequency and timeliness of linkage to concurrent or subsequent services, medication compliance when applicable, and incidences of hospitalization, incarceration, and other negative outcomes.
(F) For community wellness supports: the population served and the population with unmet needs, the frequency and timeliness of linkage to concurrent or subsequent services, and client-reported wellness and satisfaction with programs and supports.
(G) For outreach and education: the population served or affected by outreach and education efforts, the impact of those efforts on individuals’ engagement with treatment, and community awareness of, and attitude toward, available services.
(d) (1) On or before September 1 of each year, the commission shall report to the Governor’s office and the Legislature the results of the county reporting required by this section. The report shall also be posted on the commission’s internet website in an area accessible to the public.
(2) A report to be submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
SEC. 2.
 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.