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AB-2015 Certification for intensive treatment: review hearing.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 08/06/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  August 06, 2020
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 20, 2020
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 10, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2015


Introduced by Assembly Member Eggman
(Coauthor: Senator Stern)

January 29, 2020


An act to amend Sections 5256.2, 5256.6, and 5257 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to public social services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2015, as amended, Eggman. Certification for intensive treatment: review hearing.
Existing law authorizes a peace officer or a professional designated by the county to take a person into custody for a period of up to 72 hours for assessment, evaluation, and crisis intervention, or placement for evaluation and treatment, when the person is a danger to self or others, or is gravely disabled, as a result of a mental health disorder. Existing law also authorizes a court to order the evaluation of a person who is alleged to be a danger to self or others as a result of a mental disorder, or the evaluation of a criminal defendant who appears to be a danger to self or others, or to be gravely disabled, as a result of chronic alcoholism or the use of narcotics or restricted dangerous drugs. Existing law authorizes a person who is detained or under court order pursuant to those provisions to be certified, under certain conditions, for not more than 14 days of intensive treatment related to the mental health disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism.
Existing law requires that a certification review hearing be held, as specified, and governs the procedure for presenting evidence at the hearing. Existing law requires the hearing to be conducted by either a court-appointed commissioner or a referee, or a certification review hearing officer, as described. Existing law authorizes the person to be detained for involuntary care, protection, and treatment related to the mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism if, at the conclusion of the certification review hearing, the person conducting the hearing finds that there is probable cause that the person certified is a danger to self or others or is gravely disabled as a result of a mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism, as specified.
This bill would authorize the evidence presented in support of the certification decision to include information regarding the person’s medical condition condition, as defined, and how that condition bears on certifying the person as a danger to themselves or to others or as gravely disabled. The bill would require the hearing officer to consider the information in the determination of probable cause.
Existing law requires a person’s involuntary detention for intensive treatment to be terminated and the person released if the person certified is no longer a danger to self or others as a result of mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism.
This bill would require, if the person needs continuing medical treatment after the termination of the involuntary detention, the person to be informed that continuing medical treatment is recommended.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 5256.2 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

5256.2.
 (a) At the certification review hearing, the evidence in support of the certification decision shall be presented by a person designated by the director of the facility. In addition, either the district attorney or the county counsel may, in the district attorney’s or county counsel’s discretion, elect to present evidence at the certification review hearing. The evidence presented in support of the certification decision may include information regarding the person’s medical condition and how that condition bears on certifying the person as a danger to themselves or to others or as gravely disabled. The information shall be considered by the hearing officer in the determination of probable cause, as set forth in Section 5256.6.
(b) (1) For purposes of this section, “medical condition” means a serious chronic or acute physical ailment for which the treating physician and treating psychiatrist, as part of the certification process, document the following:
(A) The physician certifies that all of the following apply:
(i) Without treatment, the medical condition poses a serious risk that the person, within three months, will suffer great bodily harm or death.
(ii) The treatment is consistent with generally accepted standards of practice, the person will receive the treatment if detained pursuant to Section 5250 or 5270.15, and, upon release, the person will be provided with a treatment plan and connected with services to continue to provide the treatment, as appropriate.
(iii) During the person’s detention pursuant to Section 5150, the physician advised the person on the purpose, nature, risks, and benefits of the medical condition and the treatment, consistent with the requirements for obtaining informed consent under Section 5326.2.
(B) The psychiatrist certifies that both of the following apply:
(i) If the medical condition is a chronic condition that existed before the person was detained pursuant to Section 5150, the person was consistently unable to comply with treatment due to their mental health condition.
(ii) If released into the community, the person, due to their mental health condition at the time of certification, is likely to remain consistently unable to comply with the treatment due to either of the following:
(I) Despite the advice given, as described in clause (iii) of subparagraph (A), the person remains unable to comply with the treatment because they cannot achieve a rudimentary understanding of the nature of the medical condition and continue to lack insight into the need for treatment.
(II) The person understands the nature of the medical condition and wishes to comply with the treatment, but, due to the person’s mental health condition, has a demonstrated history of being consistently unable to comply with the treatment, or a treatment for a similar medical condition, and this pattern is likely to recur if the person is released into the community.
(2) “Medical condition” does not include any of the following:
(A) A condition that predominantly involves a substance use disorder.
(B) Exposure to potential harms resulting from the person’s personal circumstances, including, but not limited to, lack of health care insurance, poverty, or homelessness.
(C) Medical information that is more than four years old.

SEC. 2.

 Section 5256.6 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

5256.6.
 If at If, at the conclusion of the certification review hearing hearing, the person conducting the hearing finds that there is probable cause that the person certified is, as a result of a mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism, a danger to self or others, or gravely disabled, then the person may be detained for involuntary care, protection, and treatment related to the mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism pursuant to Sections 5250 and 5270.15. This section does not authorize a patient to be detained longer than otherwise allowed for diagnosis or treatment of their mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism.

SEC. 3.

 Section 5257 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

5257.
 (a) During the period of intensive treatment pursuant to Section 5250 or 5270.15, the person’s involuntary detention shall be terminated and the person shall be released only if the psychiatrist directly responsible for the person’s treatment believes, as a result of the psychiatrist’s personal observations, that the person certified no longer is, as a result of mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism, a danger to self or others, or gravely disabled. However, in those situations in which both a psychiatrist and psychologist have personally evaluated or examined a person who is undergoing intensive treatment and there is a collaborative treatment relationship between the psychiatrist and the psychologist, either the psychiatrist or psychologist may authorize the release of the person, but only after they have consulted with one another. In the event of a clinical or professional disagreement regarding the early release of a person who is undergoing intensive treatment, the person may not be released unless the facility’s medical director overrules the decision of the psychiatrist or psychologist opposing the release. Both the psychiatrist and psychologist shall enter their findings, concerns, or objections into the person’s medical record. If any other professional person who is authorized to release the person believes the person should be released during the designated period of intensive treatment, and the psychiatrist directly responsible for the person’s treatment objects, the matter shall be referred to the medical director of the facility for the final decision. However, if the medical director is not a psychiatrist, the medical director shall appoint a designee who is a psychiatrist. If the matter is referred, the person shall be released during the period of intensive treatment only if the psychiatrist making the final decision believes, as a result of the psychiatrist’s personal observations, that the person certified no longer is, as a result of mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism, a danger to self or others, or gravely disabled. This subdivision does not prohibit the person from remaining at the facility on a voluntary basis or prevent the facility from providing the person with appropriate referral information concerning mental health services. If the person needs continuing medical treatment after the termination of the involuntary detention, the facility’s medical director or designee shall inform the patient that continuing medical treatment is recommended.
(b) A person who has been certified for a period of intensive treatment pursuant to Section 5250 shall be released at the end of 14 days unless the patient either:
(1) Agrees to receive further treatment on a voluntary basis.
(2) Is certified for an additional 14 days of intensive treatment pursuant to Article 4.5 (commencing with Section 5260).
(3) Is certified for an additional 30 days of intensive treatment pursuant to Article 4.7 (commencing with Section 5270.10).
(4) Is the subject of a conservatorship petition filed pursuant to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 5350).
(5) Is the subject of a petition for postcertification treatment of a dangerous person filed pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with Section 5300).
(c) The amendments to this section made by Chapter 94 of the Statutes of 2003 shall not be construed to revise or expand the scope of practice of psychologists, as defined in Chapter 6.6 (commencing with Section 2900) of Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code.