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AB-2526 Community mental health services.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/19/2020 09:00 PM


Assembly Bill
No. 2526

Introduced by Assembly Member Waldron

February 19, 2020

An act to amend Section 5622 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health.


AB 2526, as introduced, Waldron. Community mental health services.
Existing law, the Bronzan-McCorquodale Act, contains provisions governing the operation and financing of community mental health services for the mentally disordered in every county through locally administered and locally controlled community mental health programs. Existing law requires a patient placed in a specified inpatient mental health facilities to receive a written aftercare plan prior to discharge.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


 Section 5622 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

 (a) A licensed inpatient mental health facility, as described in subdivision (c) of Section 1262 of the Health and Safety Code, operated by a county or pursuant to a county contract, shall, prior to the discharge of any a patient who was placed in the facility, prepare a written aftercare plan. The aftercare plan, to the extent known, shall specify the following:
(1) The nature of the illness and followup required.
(2) Medications, including side effects and dosage schedules. If the patient was given an informed consent form with his or her the medications, the form shall satisfy the requirement for information on side effects of the medications.
(3) Expected course of recovery.
(4) Recommendations regarding treatment that are relevant to the patient’s care.
(5) Referrals to providers of medical and mental health services.
(6) Other relevant information.
(b) Any A person undergoing treatment at a facility under the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act or a county Bronzan-McCorquodale facility and the person’s conservator, guardian, or other legally authorized representative shall be given a written aftercare plan prior to being discharged from the facility. The person shall be advised by facility personnel that he or she they may designate another person to receive a copy of the aftercare plan.
(c) A copy of the aftercare plan shall be given to any a person designated under subdivision (b). A patient who is released from any a local treatment facility described in subdivision (c) of Section 1262 of the Health and Safety Code on a voluntary basis may refuse any or all services under the written aftercare plan.