Current Legislation

Here you will find bills that CAMHPRO watches, opposes, and supports. Each bill has a link you can follow for detailed information. Some bills have position papers attached to them as well as dates for upcoming hearings. Please visit often as the information will change regularly. This page is a work in progress.

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Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
AB-462 (Thurmond) Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission: wage information data access Authorizes the Director of Employment Development to share information to enable the commission to receive quarterly wage data to assist the commission in fulfilling its duties under the MHSA 03/29/17 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. On APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 14. Noes 0.) (March 28).

Re-referred to Com/ on APPR.

03/28/17: Committee Hearing Date.

02/27/17: Referred to Com. On HEALTH.

02/14/17. From printer. May be hard in committee March 16

Introduced: 02/13/17 SUPPORT
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
AB-850 (Chau) Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Requires the Governor to appoint an additional member to the commission who has knowledge and experience in reducing mental health disparities, especially for racial and ethnic communities 04/04/17 Committee Hearing.

03/02/17 Referred to Com. on health.

02/17/17 From printer. May be heard in committee March 19.

02/16/17 Read first time. To Print.

Introduced: 02/16/17 SUPPORT
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
AB 1134 (Gloria) Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission: fellowship program. Authorizes the commission to establish a fellowship program for the purpose of providing an experiential learning opportunity for a mental health consumer and a mental health professional. 04/04/17 Committee Hearing Date.

03/06/17 Referred to Com. On HEALTH.

02/19/17 From printer. May be heard on March 21.

02/17/17 Read first time. To print.

Introduced: 02/17/17 SUPPORT
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
SB 143 (Beall) Sentencing: persons confined to a state hospital. Authorizes a person who is committed to a state hospital after being found not guilty by reason of insanity to petition the court to have the maximum term of commitment reduced to what is would have been had Proposition 36 or Proposition 47 been in effect at the time of the original determination 04/03/17 Committee Hearing Date.

03/22/17 From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. On APPR. (ayes 5. Noes 1.)

Re-referred to Com. On APPR. From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. On PUB. S.

Introduced: 01/13/17

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Amended: 02/21/17

SUPPORT
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
AB 191 (Wood) Mental Health: involuntary treatment Includes a licensed marriage and family therapists and a licensed professional clinical counselor in the list of professionals who are authorized second signatures to sign the notice under specified circumstances – to extend involuntary holds beyond the initial 72 hr hold. 03/23/17 Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

03/22/17 From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (March 21).

01/30/17 Referred to Com. On HEALTH.

01/20/17 From printer. May be heard in committee February 19.

01/19/17 Read first time. To Print.

Introduced: 01/19/17 OPPOSE
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
AB 477 (Ridley-Thomas) Community mental health services Establishes statewide Behavioral Health Stakeholder Advisory Panel to meet quarterly and would advise government departments.

Panel members would be appointed by Sec. of CA HHS.

Panel members would be volunteers.

Panel to consist of:

1) MH provider community.

2) Substance abuse provider community.

3) County public health provider community.

4) Health plan community.

5) Patient advocacy community.

6) Law enforcement community.

7) Education Community

03/23/17 From committee chair, with author’s amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HEALTH. Read second time and amended.

3/23/17 Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

2/14/17 From printer.May be heard in committee March 16.

02/13/17 Read first time. To print.

Introduced: 01/13/17

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Amended: 03/23/17

OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED

Advocate for consumer on panel

Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
AB 720 (Eggman) An act to amend Penal Code, relating to county jail inmates Would change the law to expand when a psychiatrist can involuntarily treat an inmate with psych medication. Redefines and expands the term “inmate” to mean a person confined in county jail, but not limited to, person sentenced to imprisonment in county jail, person housed in county jail during or awaiting trial proceedings, a person who has been booked and is awaiting arraignment, transfer, or release. 04/04/17 Committee Hearing Date.

03/27/17 From committee chair, with author’s amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on PUB. S. Read second time and amended.

03/02/17 Referred to Coms. On PUB. S. and JUD.

02/16/17 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.

Introduced 02/15/17

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Amended 03/27/17

OPPOSE
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
SB 688 (Moorlach) Mental Health Services Fund: research and evaluation. Amends the act of requiring the amounts allocated to administration to include amounts sufficient for the department to establish a contract and an interagency data sharing agreement with the University of Californa to ensure adequate research and evaluation as described above. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature that the department model this research and this evaluation on the California Child Welfare. 03/09/17 Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

02/21/17 From Printer. May be acted upon on or after March 23.

02/17/17 Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. For assignment. To print.

Introduced 02/17/17 OPPOSE
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
AB 451 (Arambula) Health facilities: emergency services and care. Specifies that an acute psychiatric hospital, regardless of whether it maintains an emergency department, is required to provide emergency care and services to relieve or eliminate a psychiatric emergency medical condition. The bill would prohibit a general acute care hospital, as a condition to accepting a transfer of the patient from another health facility, from requiring that a patient be in custody as a result of a mental health disorder causing him or her to be a danger to others or himself or herself, or in gravely disabled.

Would lead to improper treatment.

04/04/17 Committee Hearing Date.

02/27/17 Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

02/14/17 From printer. May be heard in committee March 16.

02/13/17 Read first time. To print.

Introduced 02/13/17 WATCHING
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
AB 488 (Kiley. Coauthors: Gallagher, Lackey, and Steinorth) Mental Health Services Act. Establishes Mental Health Services Fund Transparency and Accountability Office within the California Health and Human Services Agency. Transfers various functions of the State Department of Health Care Services under the act to the office. Under this bill, the office would succeed to, and be vested with, all the duties, powers, responsibilities, and jurisdiction, vested in the department, regarding oversight of the Mental Health Services Fund, as specified. 02/27/17 Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

02/14/17 From printer. May be heard in committee March 16.

02/13/17 Read first time. To Print

Introduced 02/13/17 WATCHING
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
AB 727 (Nazarian) Mental Health Services Act: housing assistance. Clarifies that counties may spend MHSA moneys on housing assistance for people in the target MHSA population 03/02/17 Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

02/16/17 From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.

02/15/17 Read first time. To print.

Introduced 02/17/17 WATCHING
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
AB 860 (Cooley) Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission: fact finding tour. Amends Bagley Keene Act. Authorizes the commission to conduct a fact finding tour of a facility of location that either is not open to the public, or for which opening the facility or location to the public would compromise or impede the safety or security of the facility or location, including, but not limited to, locked mental health facilities, prisons, jails, schools, or other facilities related to the discharge of the commission’s duties, for the purpose of supporting those duties. 04/04/17 Committee Hearing Date.

03/02/17 Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and G.O.

02/17/17 From printer. May be heard in committee March 19.

02/16/17 Read first time. To print.

Introduced 02/16/17 WATCHING (working with author)
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
AB 974 (Quirk-Silva) Mental Health Advocacy. An act to amend Section 5500 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health. Mental health advocacy. Existing law requires the State Department of State Hospitals and the State Department of Health Care Services to contract with a single nonprofit entity to provide for the protection of, and advocacy services to, persons with mental disabilities, as specified. Makes technical, non-substantive changes to these provisions. 03/27/17 Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

02/17/17 From printer. May be heard in committee March 19.

02/16/17 Read first time. To print.

Introduced 02/16/17 WATCHING
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
AB 1119 (Limon) State Department of State Hospitals SPOT BILL. Amends Section 4000 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health. This bill would make technical, non-substantive changes to these provisions. 02/19/17 From printer. May be heard in committee March 21.

02/17/17 Read first time. To Print

Introduced 02/17/17 WATCHING
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
ACR 8 (assembly concurrent resolution)

(Jones-Sawyer)

Post-traumatic “street” disorder Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes post-traumatic “street” disorder as a mental health condition with growing implications for our state. 01/30/17 Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

01/11/17 From printer.

01/10/17 Introduced. To print.

Introduced 01/10/17 WATCHING (working with author)
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
SB 192 (Beall) Mental Health Amends the MHSA by requiring that any funds allocated to a large or medium county, as defined, that have no been spent for the authorized purpose within 3 years, and any funds allocated to a small county, as defined, that have not been spent for their authorized purpose within 5 years, to revert to the state for deposit into the newly established Mental Health Services Reversion Fund. The commission to establish and administer a grant program, as specified, to fun prevention and early intervention or innovative programs that are consistent with mental health funding priorities established by the Legislature and the Mental Health Services Act. 04/05/17 Committee Hearing Date.

02/09/17 Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

01/31/17 From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 2.

01/30/17 Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To Print.

Introduced 01/30/17 WATCHING
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
SB 209 (Cannella) State Department of Health Care Services This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to the powers and duties of the department.

This is a 2 year bill.

02/09/17 Referred to Com. on RLS.

02/02/17 From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 4.

02/01/17 Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Introduced 02/01/17 WATCHING
Bill Subject Implications Status Introduced & Last Amended Position
SB 565 (Portantino) Mental Health: involuntary commitment. Requires the mental health facility to make reasonable attempts to notify family members or any other person designated by the patient at least 36 hours prior to the certification review hearing, if patient consents. 03/23/17 From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-refered to Com. on HEALTH.

03/07/17 Set for hearing March 29.

03/02/17 Referred to Com. on HEALTH

Introduced 02/17/17

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Amended 03/23/17

WATCHING VERY CLOSELY (*Author entertaining thoughts to amend bill to relinquish patient consent.)