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SB-1200 Mental health services grants.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/20/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1200


Introduced by Senator Jones

February 20, 2020


An act to add Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 19850) to Part 2 of Division 10 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1200, as introduced, Jones. Mental health services grants.
Existing law establishes the Department of Rehabilitation, which provides individuals with disabilities with the tools to make informed choices and decisions, maximize employment, independence, and economic and social self-sufficiency in the mainstream of society, and achieve equality of opportunity and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.
This bill would require the department to establish a grant program for local jurisdictions, as defined, that are enforcing quality of life violations, with the goal of diverting people who are experiencing homelessness and who are in need of mental health services from the legal system to mental health services. The bill would require the department to establish an application process and criteria for the grants and would limit grants to local jurisdictions that can demonstrate enforcement of quality of life misdemeanors, as defined.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 19850) is added to Part 2 of Division 10 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:
CHAPTER  10. Local Mental Health Grants

19850.
 (a) The Department of Rehabilitation shall establish a grant program for local jurisdictions that are enforcing quality of life violations with the goal of diverting people who are experiencing homelessness and who are in need of mental health services from the legal system to mental health services.
(b) The department shall establish an application process and criteria for awarding grants. Grants may be awarded only to local jurisdictions that can demonstrate enforcement of quality of life misdemeanors.
(c) Grant moneys shall be used exclusively to provide services and infrastructure to improve the ability of the local jurisdiction to provide mental health services to people experiencing homelessness and other populations that are in critical need of mental health care in that jurisdiction. Grant funding may be used for any of the following:
(1) Additional inpatient mental health beds or infrastructure to support additional inpatient mental health beds.
(2) Supporting existing or innovative local mental health programs.
(3) Hiring or retaining mental health providers or other staff that can provide or support mental health services.
(4) Contracting with nonprofit organizations that provide mental health services.
(5) Any other service providers or infrastructure that the applying county and the department determine are necessary for the support of the target population.
(d) For purposes of this grant program, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Local jurisdiction” means a city, county, or city and county or other local governing body with law enforcement jurisdiction.
(2) “Quality of life misdemeanor” means a violation of any of the following:
(A) Sections 314 and 370, paragraph (1) or (3) of subdivision (d) of Section 640, or subdivision (a), (c), (e), or (f) of Section 647, of the Penal Code.
(B) Subdivision (a) of Section 11350, subdivision (a) of Section 11364, Section 11365, subdivision (a) of Section 11377, or subdivision (a) of Section 11550, of the Health and Safety Code.