Mental Health

Pending
AB 1001 (Haney, D-San Francisco)
Oppose
In Senate Health Committee

AB 1001 would require general acute care hospitals to adopt behavioral health emergency service policies related to minimum staffing requirements, response times, and data management and reporting. This bill would establish the Behavioral Health Emergency Response and Training Fund to support staffing increases in public and non-profit general acute care hospitals.

Kirsten Barlow

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7573
Pending
AB 1316 (Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks)
Sponsor
Passed the Assembly on consent on Jan. 25. May 29 hearing in the Senate Health Committee.

AB 1316 would require that Medi-Cal managed care plans pay hospital emergency departments for serving Medi-Cal beneficiaries experiencing a mental health crisis. It would also ensure people who need access to a mental health inpatient bed are transferred promptly to the care they need.

Mark Farouk

Job title:
VP State Advocacy
Phone number:
916-552-7673

Kirsten Barlow

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7573
Pending
AB 2154 (Berman, D-Palo Alto)
Neutral
Passed the Assembly on consent on April 25. To be heard in the Senate Health and Judiciary committees.

AB 2154 would require hospitals to provide a copy of the state-published Patients’ Rights Handbook to certain family members with the consent of individuals on involuntary psychiatric holds.

Kathryn Scott

Job title:
SVP State Relations & Advocacy
Phone number:
916-552-7540

Kirsten Barlow

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7573
Pending
AB 2161 (Arambula, D-Fresno)
Support
Passed off the Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file on May 16. Pending an Assembly floor vote.

AB 2161 would promote the widespread availability of evidence-based services to treat the early signs of psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia. The bill would require the Behavioral Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to create a strategic plan that would identify opportunities to improve California’s response to early psychosis.  It would also require the Department of Health Care Services to partner with the University of California to develop a Center for Mental Health Wellness and Innovations.

Kirsten Barlow

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7573
Pending
AB 2700 (Gabriel, D-Encino)
Support
Held on the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file on May 16

AB 2700 would promote expanded use of behavioral health facilities, rather than emergency departments (EDs), for individuals with behavioral health needs. It would require the Emergency Medical Services Authority to publish descriptions of all local agencies that are serving as, or could serve as, alternatives to hospital EDs, including psychiatric health facilities, psychiatric hospitals, sobering centers, and crisis stabilization units. The bill would also require each local emergency medical services agency to develop protocols for transporting individuals to alternate destinations.

Vanessa Gonzalez

Job title:
VP State Advocacy
Phone number:
916-552-7670

Kirsten Barlow

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7573
Pending
SB 1012 (Wiener, D-San Francisco)
Follow
Held on the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file on May 16

SB 1012 would enact the “Regulated Psychedelic Facilitators Act” and the “Regulated Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Act” to establish a state-regulated program that provides adults safe access to psychedelic-assisted behavioral health therapy.

Kathryn Scott

Job title:
SVP State Relations & Advocacy
Phone number:
916-552-7540

Kirsten Barlow

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7573
Pending
SB 1017 (Eggman, D-Stockton)
Neutral
Held on the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file on May 16

SB 1017 would require the Department of Public Health, Department of Health Care Services, and Department of Social Services to develop a solution to collect, aggregate, and display information about beds, including acute psychiatric beds, in 13 types of behavioral health treatment facilities. This bill would take effect Jan. 1, 2026.

Kathryn Scott

Job title:
SVP State Relations & Advocacy
Phone number:
916-552-7540

Kirsten Barlow

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7573
Pending
SB 1082 (Eggman, D-Stockton)
Support
Held on the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file on May 16

SB 1082 would expand the availability of home-like care settings for individuals living with a serious mental illness by establishing a new residential model called an Augmented Residential Care Facility. The bill would strengthen the continuum of community-based care options for individuals living with the most significant mental health needs.

Kirsten Barlow

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7573
Pending
SB 1184 (Eggman, D-Stockton)
Follow
Passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 30. Pending a Senate floor vote.

SB 1184 would authorize administration of antipsychotic medication to a person who is involuntarily detained for evaluation and treatment for the total duration of their treatment, rather than only the first 14 days.

Kathryn Scott

Job title:
SVP State Relations & Advocacy
Phone number:
916-552-7540

Kirsten Barlow

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7573
Pending
SB 1238 (Eggman, D-Stockton)
Support
Passed off the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file on May 16. Pending a Senate floor vote.

SB 1238 would expand the definition of a “designated facility” in the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act to include facilities that both (1) have appropriate services, personnel, and security to safely treat individuals being held involuntarily and (2) are licensed or certified as a skilled-nursing facility, mental health rehabilitation center, or a facility capable of providing medically monitored or managed intensive inpatient treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs). In addition, this bill would require the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to authorize licensed psychiatric health facilities and licensed mental health rehabilitation centers to admit individuals diagnosed only with a SUD. This bill would require DHCS to ensure that designated facilities are reimbursed for evaluation and treatment of stand-alone SUDs at rates equivalent to those provided for evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders.

Kathryn Scott

Job title:
SVP State Relations & Advocacy
Phone number:
916-552-7540

Kirsten Barlow

Job title:
VP Policy
Phone number:
916-552-7573