Bill Text: CA AB1134 | 2017-2018 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission: fellowship program.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-07-18 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading. [AB1134 Detail]

Download: California-2017-AB1134-Amended.html

Amended  IN  Senate  July 11, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  June 20, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  June 06, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1134


Introduced by Assembly Member Gloria

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 5845 of add Section 5845.5 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1134, as amended, Gloria. Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission: fellowship program.
Existing law, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), an initiative statute enacted by the voters as Proposition 63 at the November 2, 2004, statewide general election, establishes the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, which consists of 16 members, to oversee the administration of various parts of the act. Existing law authorizes the MHSA to be amended by a 2/3 vote of the Legislature if the amendments are consistent with, and further the purposes of, the MHSA. Existing law authorizes the commission to undertake specified activities in carrying out its duties and responsibilities, including ensuring that the perspective and participation of diverse community members reflective of California populations and others suffering from severe mental illness and their family members is a significant factor in all of its decisions and recommendations.
This bill would amend the act by authorizing the commission to establish a fellowship program, in accordance with specified principles, for the purpose of providing an experiential learning opportunity for a mental health consumer and a mental health professional. The bill would require the commission to establish an advisory committee to provide guidance on the fellowship program goals, design, eligibility criteria, and application process. The bill would authorize the commission to enter into an interagency agreement or other contractual agreement with a state, local, or private entity, to receive technical assistance or relevant services to support the establishment and implementation of the fellowship program. The bill would require the commission to ensure that the fellowship program does not cause the displacement, as defined, of any civil service employee.
This bill would declare that its provisions further the intent of the MHSA.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 5845.5 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

5845.5.
 In addition to the activities authorized under Section 5845, the commission may establish a fellowship program in accordance with this section for the purpose of providing an experiential learning opportunity for a mental health consumer and a mental health professional.
(a) Participants in the fellowship shall serve on an annual basis and may serve only one term as a fellow.
(b) The fellowship program established under this section shall support the broad goals of the commission, including, but not limited to, subdivision (d) of Section 5846, and be based upon the following principles:
(1) To enhance opportunities for the work of the commission to reflect the perspective of persons with personal experience and state-of-the-art practices in the mental health field.
(2) To strengthen opportunities for the goals of the Mental Health Services Act, and the work of the commission in promoting those goals, to be accessible and understandable to mental health consumers, mental health professionals, and the general public.
(3) To improve opportunities for outreach and engagement with mental health consumers and mental health professionals relating to the work of the commission.
(4) To increase the awareness for mental health consumers and professionals of the goals of the Mental Health Services Act and the role of the state in meeting those goals; the role of public policy, regulation development, fiscal strategies, use of data, research, and evaluation; and communication strategies to improve mental health outcomes in California.
(c) The commission shall establish an advisory committee to provide guidance on the fellowship program goals, design, eligibility criteria, application process, and other issues as the commission deems necessary. The advisory committee shall include persons with personal experience with the mental health system, mental health professionals, persons with experience with similar fellowship programs, and others with diverse perspectives who can assist the commission to meet the goals of the fellowship program.
(d) The commission may enter into an interagency agreement or other contractual agreement with a state, local, or private entity, as determined by the commission, to receive technical assistance or relevant services to support the establishment and implementation of the fellowship program.
(e) The commission shall ensure that the fellowship program does not cause the displacement of any civil service employee. For purposes of this subdivision, “displacement” means a layoff, a demotion, an involuntary transfer to a new class, an involuntary transfer to a new location requiring a change of residence, a time base reduction, a change in shift or days off, or a reassignment to another position within the same class and general location.

SECTION 1.Section 5845 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:
5845.

(a)The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission is hereby established to oversee Part 3 (commencing with Section 5800), the Adult and Older Adult Mental Health System of Care Act; Part 3.1 (commencing with Section 5820), Human Resources, Education, and Training Programs; Part 3.2 (commencing with Section 5830), Innovative Programs; Part 3.6 (commencing with Section 5840), Prevention and Early Intervention Programs; and Part 4 (commencing with Section 5850), the Children’s Mental Health Services Act. The commission shall replace the advisory committee established pursuant to Section 5814. The commission shall consist of 16 voting members as follows:

(1)The Attorney General or his or her designee.

(2)The Superintendent of Public Instruction or his or her designee.

(3)The Chairperson of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee or another member of the Senate selected by the President pro Tempore of the Senate.

(4)The Chairperson of the Assembly Health Committee or another member of the Assembly selected by the Speaker of the Assembly.

(5)Two persons with a severe mental illness, a family member of an adult or senior with a severe mental illness, a family member of a child who has or has had a severe mental illness, a physician specializing in alcohol and drug treatment, a mental health professional, a county sheriff, a superintendent of a school district, a representative of a labor organization, a representative of an employer with less than 500 employees and a representative of an employer with more than 500 employees, and a representative of a health care services plan or insurer, all appointed by the Governor. In making appointments, the Governor shall seek individuals who have had personal or family experience with mental illness. At least one of the persons appointed pursuant to this paragraph shall have a background in auditing.

(b)Members shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for all actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

(c)The term of each member shall be three years, to be staggered so that approximately one-third of the appointments expire in each year.

(d)In carrying out its duties and responsibilities, the commission may do all of the following:

(1)Meet at least once each quarter at any time and location convenient to the public as it may deem appropriate. All meetings of the commission shall be open to the public.

(2)Within the limit of funds allocated for these purposes, pursuant to the laws and regulations governing state civil service, employ staff, including any clerical, legal, and technical assistance as may appear necessary. The commission shall administer its operations separate and apart from the State Department of Health Care Services and the California Health and Human Services Agency.

(3)Establish technical advisory committees such as a committee of consumers and family members.

(4)Employ all other appropriate strategies necessary or convenient to enable it to fully and adequately perform its duties and exercise the powers expressly granted, notwithstanding any authority expressly granted to any officer or employee of state government.

(5)Enter into contracts.

(6)Obtain data and information from the State Department of Health Care Services, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, or other state or local entities that receive Mental Health Services Act funds, for the commission to utilize in its oversight, review, training and technical assistance, accountability, and evaluation capacity regarding projects and programs supported with Mental Health Services Act funds.

(7)Participate in the joint state-county decisionmaking process, as contained in Section 4061, for training, technical assistance, and regulatory resources to meet the mission and goals of the state’s mental health system.

(8)Develop strategies to overcome stigma and discrimination, and accomplish all other objectives of Part 3.2 (commencing with Section 5830), 3.6 (commencing with Section 5840), and the other provisions of the act establishing this commission.

(9)At any time, advise the Governor or the Legislature regarding actions the state may take to improve care and services for people with mental illness.

(10)If the commission identifies a critical issue related to the performance of a county mental health program, it may refer the issue to the State Department of Health Care Services pursuant to Section 5655.

(11)Assist in providing technical assistance to accomplish the purposes of the Mental Health Services Act, Part 3 (commencing with Section 5800), and Part 4 (commencing with Section 5850) in collaboration with the State Department of Health Care Services and in consultation with the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California.

(12)Work in collaboration with the State Department of Health Care Services and the California Mental Health Planning Council, and in consultation with the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California, in designing a comprehensive joint plan for a coordinated evaluation of client outcomes in the community-based mental health system, including, but not limited to, parts listed in subdivision (a). The California Health and Human Services Agency shall lead this comprehensive joint plan effort.

(13)Establish a fellowship program for the purpose of providing an experiential learning opportunity for a mental health consumer and a mental health professional.

(A) The fellowship program established under this paragraph shall support the broad goals of the commission, including, but not limited to, subdivision (d) of Section 5846, and be based upon the following principles:

(i)To enhance opportunities for the work of the commission to reflect the perspective of persons with personal experience and state-of-the-art practices in the mental health field.

(ii)To strengthen opportunities for the goals of the Mental Health Services Act, and the work of the commission in promoting those goals, to be accessible and understandable to mental health consumers, mental health professionals, and the general public.

(iii)To improve opportunities for outreach and engagement with mental health consumers and mental health professionals relating to the work of the commission.

(iv)To increase the awareness for mental health consumers and professionals of the goals of the Mental Health Services Act and the role of the state in meeting those goals; the role of public policy, regulation development, fiscal strategies, use of data, research, and evaluation; and communication strategies to improve mental health outcomes in California.

(B)

The commission shall establish an advisory committee to provide guidance on the fellowship program goals, design, eligibility criteria, application process, and other issues as the commission deems necessary. The advisory committee shall include persons with personal experience with the mental health system, mental health professionals, persons with experience with similar fellowship programs, and others with diverse perspectives who can assist the commission to meet the goals of the fellowship program.

(C)

The commission may enter into an interagency agreement or other contractual agreement with a state, local, or private entity, as determined by the commission, to receive technical assistance or relevant services to support the establishment and implementation of the fellowship program.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that this act furthers the intent of the Mental Health Services Act, enacted by Proposition 63 at the November 2, 2004, statewide general election.
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