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AB-2351 Drug courts: mental health and addiction services.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/18/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2351


Introduced by Assembly Member Waldron

February 18, 2020


An act to add and repeal Section 11875 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to drug and alcohol programs.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2351, as introduced, Waldron. Drug courts: mental health and addiction services.
Existing law authorizes counties to provide drug court programs for specified individuals. Existing law authorizes the presiding judge of the superior court, together with the district attorney and the public defender, to establish a preguilty plea drug court program that includes a regimen of graduated sanctions and rewards, individual and group therapy, and educational or vocational counseling, among other things.
This bill, until January 1, 2025, would clarify that a court may collaborate with outside organizations on a program to offer mental health and addiction treatment services, as defined, to women who are charged in a complaint that consists only of misdemeanor offenses or who are on probation for one or more misdemeanor offenses. The bill would exclude from these provisions a woman who is charged with a felony or who is under supervision for a felony conviction.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 11875 is added to the Health and Safety Code, immediately preceding Section 11876, to read:

11875.
 (a) A court may collaborate with outside organizations to develop, implement, and administer a program to offer mental health and addiction treatment services to women who are charged in a complaint that consists only of misdemeanor offenses or who are on probation for one or more misdemeanor offenses. This subdivision does not apply to women who are charged with a felony or are under supervision for any felony conviction.
(b) “Mental health and addiction treatment services” means evidence-based treatment and recovery wraparound support services, including, but not limited to:
(1) Mental health and substance abuse treatment, including, but not limited to:
(A) Addiction counseling.
(B) Inpatient detoxification.
(C) Case management.
(D) Daily living skills.
(E) Medication-assisted treatment or any other federally approved medication.
(2) Vocational services.
(3) Housing assistance.
(4) Community support services.
(5) Care coordination.
(6) Transportation assistance.
(7) Mental health and substance abuse assessments.
(8) Child care services.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that counties may use funds distributed pursuant to Chapter 33 (commencing with Section 7599) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code and Section 5813.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to the extent consistent with those provisions, for a program developed pursuant to subdivision (a).
(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed.