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AB-2265 Mental Health Services Act: use of funds for substance use disorder treatment.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 09/29/2020 02:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 2265
CHAPTER 144

An act to add Section 5891.5 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health, and making an appropriation therefor.

[ Approved by Governor  September 25, 2020. Filed with Secretary of State  September 25, 2020. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2265, Quirk-Silva. Mental Health Services Act: use of funds for substance use disorder treatment.
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, funds a system of county mental health plans for the provision of mental health services, as specified. The act establishes the Mental Health Services Fund, which is continuously appropriated to, and administered by, the State Department of Health Care Services to fund specified county mental health programs.
This bill would authorize the services for adults, older adults, and children, as well as innovative programs and prevention and early intervention programs that are provided by counties as part of the MHSA to include substance use disorder treatment for children, adults, and older adults with cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders who are eligible to receive mental health services pursuant to those programs. The bill would also authorize the use of MHSA funds to assess whether a person has cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders and to treat a person who is preliminarily assessed to have cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders, even when the person is later determined not to be eligible for services provided with MHSA funds. The bill would require a person being treated for cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders who is determined to not need the mental health services that are eligible for funding pursuant to the act, to be referred to substance use disorder treatment services in a timely manner. By authorizing the use of continuously appropriated funds for a new purpose, this bill would make an appropriation.
This bill would require a county to report to the State Department of Health Care Services the number of people assessed for cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders and the number of people who were ultimately determined to have only a substance use disorder without another cooccurring mental health condition. The bill would also require the department, by January 1, 2022, and each January 1 thereafter, to publish on its internet website a report summarizing the county data for the prior fiscal year. By imposing a new duty on counties, 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: 2/3   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 5891.5 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

5891.5.
 (a) (1) The programs in paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive, and paragraph (5) of subdivision (a) of Section 5890 may include substance use disorder treatment for children, adults, and older adults with cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders who are eligible to receive mental health services pursuant to those programs. The MHSA includes persons with a serious mental disorder and a diagnosis of substance abuse in the definition of persons who are eligible for MHSA services in Sections 5878.2 and 5813.5, which reference paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 5600.3.
(2) Provision of substance use disorder services pursuant to this section shall comply with all applicable requirements of the Mental Health Services Act.
(3) Treatment of cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders shall be identified in a county’s three-year program and expenditure plan or annual update, as required by Section 5847.
(b) (1) When a person being treated for cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders pursuant to subdivision (a) is determined to not need the mental health services that are eligible for funding pursuant to the MHSA, the county shall refer the person receiving treatment to substance use disorder treatment services in a timely manner.
(2) Funding established pursuant to the MHSA may be used to assess whether a person has cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders and to treat a person who is preliminarily assessed to have cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders, even when the person is later determined not to be eligible for services provided with funding established pursuant to the MHSA.
(c) A county shall report to the department, in a form and manner determined by the department, both of the following:
(1) The number of people assessed for cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders.
(2) The number of people assessed for cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders who were ultimately determined to have only a substance use disorder without another cooccurring mental health condition.
(d) The department shall by January 1, 2022, and each January 1 thereafter, publish on its internet website a report summarizing county activities pursuant to this section for the prior fiscal year. Data shall be reported statewide and by county or groupings of counties, as necessary to protect the private health information of persons assessed.
(e) (1) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the department may implement, interpret, or make specific this section by means of plan or county letters, information notices, plan or provider bulletins, or other similar instructions, without taking any further regulatory action.
(2) On or before July 1, 2025, the department shall adopt regulations necessary to implement this section in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

SEC. 2.

 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.