On Aug. 23, the state Attorney General (AG) sent a letter to 191 California perinatal health care facilities asking them to submit, by Sept. 20, proof of compliance with Senate Bill (SB) 464 (Statutes of 2019, Ch. 533). This law requires hospitals to provide initial and refresher training to perinatal personnel on implicit bias in maternity care, effective Jan. 1, 2020.
Given the extreme demands placed on hospital staff by the pandemic, CHA asked the AG to extend the document submission deadline until February or March 2022. The AG’s office is willing to offer an extension; hospitals that want one should send a brief email to [email protected] and include the date they anticipate being able to submit the documentation.
More details about the documentation request are available in the AG’s press release. The requirements of SB 464 are discussed in detail in chapter 13 of CHA‘s Consent Manual, available free for CHA members via publication download or the mobile app under “Education & Publications.” As a reminder, free online training that helps hospitals comply with SB 464 is available from the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative.