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AB-226 Children’s crisis psychiatric residential treatment facilities.(2021-2022)

Senate:
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Assembly:
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Veto
Bill Status
AB-226
Ramos (A)
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Stone (A)
Children’s crisis psychiatric residential treatment facilities.
02/11/21
An act to amend Section 1502 of, to add Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 1700) to Division 2 of, and to repeal Sections 1562.02 and 1562.03 of, the Health and Safety Code, and to amend Sections 11462.01 and 14021 of, and to repeal Section 11462.011 of, the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to care facilities.
Assembly
09/15/21
09/03/21

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/08/21 Vetoed by Governor.
09/15/21 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 5 p.m.
09/10/21 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 78. Noes 0.).
09/10/21 Ordered to the unfinished business file.
09/10/21 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 226 without my signature.

This bill would eliminate Children's Crisis Residential Programs (CCRPs) under the purview of the Department of Social Services and instead create Children's Crisis Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (CCPRTFs) under the purview of the Department of Health Care Services, to provide intensive mental health care for children and youth, including those in foster care.

It is important that all California youth receive the mental health services and supports they need. My Administration has made it a priority to transform California's children and youth behavioral health system into one in which all children and youth are routinely screened, supported, and served for emerging and existing behavioral health needs, and is working to implement transformative investments in the 2021-22 Budget that further this cause.

AB 226 presents implementation challenges that cannot be overlooked or easily overcome. First, the bill would eliminate CCRPs, a Medicaid State Plan service the state is obligated to provide, creating a gap in the continuum of care for children and youth. Second, the bill does not appropriately identify the roles of the Department of Health Care Services, the county Mental Health Plans, and the California Department of Public Health in federally certifying the proposed CCPRTF program. Finally, should CCPRTFs be authorized as a treatment option, it is critical to develop adequate safeguards so children are not in CCPRTFs any longer than necessary. These safeguards are not included in this bill.

My Administration looks forward to working with the Legislature and stakeholders before the Legislature reconvenes on a proposed solution that is in the best interest of all youth experiencing mental health crises.


Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom