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AB-1474 Community mental health services: vocational rehabilitation systems.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/28/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1474


Introduced by Assembly Member Wicks

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 5733 5693 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1474, as amended, Wicks. Mental Health Master Plan. Community mental health services: vocational rehabilitation systems.
Existing law states the intent of the Legislature to encourage the establishment in each county of a system of community vocational rehabilitation and employment services for persons with serious psychiatric disabilities and authorizes counties to implement the community vocational rehabilitation system with existing county allocations and funds available from the Department of Rehabilitation and other state and federal agencies. Existing law sets forth the principles that should guide the development of community vocational rehabilitation systems, including that staffing patterns at all levels should reflect the cultural, linguistic, ethnic, racial, disability, sexual, and other social characteristics of the community the program serves.
This bill would revise the principles regarding staffing patterns to also state that they should reflect the age and other demographic or social characteristics of the community the program serves.

Existing law requires the establishment of a mental health master plan, to ensure that a comprehensive policy is developed that addresses the critical problems and key issues facing the mental health system in California. Existing law requires the plan to include an analysis of components.

This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 5693 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

5693.
 The following principles should guide development of community vocational rehabilitation systems:
(a) Work: With respect to work, all of the following should apply:
(1) Work should be meaningful, necessary, and have value to the individual performing it.
(2) For individuals participating in vocational programs every effort should be made to pay them the minimum wage. However, in all cases, wages paid shall be in compliance with all relevant state and federal labor laws.
(3) That work will result in the development of attributes that will enhance further employability.
(b) Staff: With respect to staffing, all of the following should apply:
(1) Staffing patterns at all levels should reflect the cultural, linguistic, ethnic, racial, disability, sexual, age and other demographic or social characteristics of the community the program serves.
(2) All participating programs should take affirmative action to encourage the application and employment of consumers and former consumers of the mental health system at all program levels.
(3) Programs should be designed to use multidisciplinary professional consultation and staff to meet the specific needs of clients.
(4) When If operating a business enterprise, programs should employ individuals with the business, management, supervisorial, trade, and occupational skills necessary for successful operation.
(5) Programs should, where if appropriate, employ paraprofessionals.
(6) Programs should develop and implement staff training and development plans for personnel at all levels.
(c) Facilities: With respect to facilities, all of the following should apply:
(1) The individual elements of the system should, where if possible, be in separate facilities.
(2) Facilities housing vocational and employment programs should be modeled on competitive businesses operating in the community.
(3) Facilities shall be in compliance with all relevant state and federal safety, health, and accessibility regulations.
(d) System: With respect to the community vocational rehabilitation system, all of the following should apply:
(1) Counties developing a community vocational rehabilitation system should utilize existing program resources to develop prevocational programs and a referral base for vocational programs.
(2) Individual programs operate most effectively within the context of a complete system. Counties undertaking development of a community vocational rehabilitation system should commit themselves to the implementation of regionally integrated prevocational and vocational programs.
(3) Rural counties, where if appropriate, should be encouraged to develop intercounty systems, or to integrate their programs with programs serving other target populations.
(4) The system should have the capacity to deliver services tailored to individual needs. If a program is found to be unsuitable for a client at a specific time, an explanation will be provided to the client and he or she who shall be referred to a more suitable program and encouraged to reapply. The system should have policies designed to meet changing client needs and to work with individuals over time to develop their vocational potential.

SECTION 1.Section 5733 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:
5733.

The Mental Health Master Plan shall include, but not be limited to, an analysis of all of the following:

(a)The specific planning elements required by Public Law 99-660.

(b)Identification of priority populations to be served and a definition of those priority populations.

(c)Proposed methods of allocating resources that result in the most effective system of care possible for the priority populations.

(d)Proposed methods of evaluating the effectiveness of current service delivery methods and the populations that are best served by these models of care.

(e)Recommendations related to the governance and responsibilities of the state, county, or other administrative structures, for the delivery of mental health programs that are cost-effective and provide the highest quality of care.