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AB-2576 Mental health.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 06/08/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 08, 2020
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 04, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2576


Introduced by Assembly Member Gloria

February 20, 2020


An act to add Section 5899.2 to, and to repeal and add Section 5899.1 of, the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2576, as amended, Gloria. Mental health.
Existing law, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), an initiative measure enacted by the voters as Proposition 63 at the November 2, 2004, statewide general election, establishes the continuously appropriated Mental Health Services Fund to fund various county mental health programs by imposing a tax of 1% on annual incomes above $1,000,000. Under the MHSA, funds are distributed to counties for local assistance, and must be spent for their authorized purpose within 3 years or revert to the state to be deposited into the fund to be reallocated to other counties for the purposes for which the unspent funds were initially allocated to the original county. The MHSA permits amendment by the Legislature by a 2/3 vote of each house if the amendment is consistent with, and furthers the intent of, the MHSA. MHSA, and also permits the Legislature to clarify procedures and terms of the MHSA by majority vote.
This bill would amend the MHSA by requiring the reverted funds to be used for the purposes of providing require a county to develop a plan for the utilization of the reallocated funds with the input of specified stakeholders and to conduct a local review process. The bill would require that consideration be given to using the reallocated funds to provide services to individuals with mental illness who are also experiencing homelessness or who are involved in the criminal justice system and providing to provide early intervention services to youth. The bill would also require each county to annually report to the Legislature the number of individuals who are experiencing homelessness who are receiving mental health services that are paid for using MHSA funds. By imposing additional requirements on counties, requiring counties to submit a new report, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: TWO_THIRDSMAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 5899.1 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is repealed.
SEC. 2.Section 5899.1 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:
5899.1.

Funds subject to reversion pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 5892 shall be reallocated to other counties for the purposes of providing services to individuals with mental illness who are also experiencing homelessness or who are involved in the criminal justice system and providing early intervention services to youth.

SEC. 2.

 Section 5899.1 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

5899.1.
 (a) Funds subject to reversion pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 5892 shall be reallocated to other counties.
(b) A county shall develop a plan with the stakeholders identified in subdivision (a) of Section 5848 and conduct the local review process described in Section 3315 of Title 9 of the California Code of Regulations regarding how to utilize funds reallocated to a county from the Reversion Account. Consideration shall be given to utilizing reallocated funds to provide services to individuals with mental illness who are also experiencing homelessness or who are involved in the criminal justice system and to provide early intervention services to youth.

SEC. 3.

 Section 5899.2 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

5899.2.
 (a) Each county shall annually report to the Legislature the number of individuals who are experiencing homelessness who are receiving mental health services that are paid for using MHSA funds.
(b) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

SEC. 4.

 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.