Bill Text: CA AB1372 | 2017-2018 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Crisis stabilization units: psychiatric patients.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-04-20 - Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH. [AB1372 Detail]

Download: California-2017-AB1372-Amended.html

Amended  IN  Assembly  April 19, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 30, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1372


Introduced by Assembly Member Levine

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 14724 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1372, as amended, Levine. Crisis stabilization units: psychiatric patients.
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program program provisions. Under existing law, the department and counties provide specialty mental health services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries through mental health managed care plans, as specified. Under existing law, these services may include crisis stabilization services and inpatient psychiatric care.
This bill would authorize a certified crisis stabilization unit designated by a mental health managed care plan, at the discretion of the mental health managed care plan, to provide medically necessary crisis stabilization services to individuals beyond the service time of 24 hours in those cases in which the individual needs inpatient psychiatric care or outpatient care and crisis stabilization beds or outpatient services are not reasonably available. The bill would require a mental health plan that elects to provide crisis stabilization services as described in these provisions to amend its mental health plan contract to include a provision authorizing the provision of crisis stabilization services for more than 24 hours. The bill would require a person who is placed under, or who is already under, a 72-hour involuntary hold because, based on probable cause, the person, as a result of a mental disorder, is a danger to others, or to himself or herself, or is gravely disabled, to be credited for the time detained at a certified crisis stabilization unit. The bill would require the department to amend its contract with a mental health plan to include a provision authorizing the provision of crisis stabilization services for more than 24 hours if the mental health plan elects to provide crisis stabilization services under these provisions. The bill would require the department to require these mental health plans to establish treatment protocols, documentation standards, and administrative procedures, consistent with best practices and other evidence-based medicine, to be followed by a certified crisis stabilization unit for appropriate treatment to individuals who are provided crisis stabilization services for more than 24 hours. The bill would require the department to seek any state plan amendments or waivers, or amendments to existing waivers, that are necessary to implement these provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14724 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

14724.
 (a) A certified crisis stabilization unit designated by a mental health plan under Article 5 (commencing with Section 14680) or this chapter, and authorized pursuant to Sections 14021.4, 14680, and 14684, may, at the discretion of the mental health plan, provide medically necessary crisis stabilization services to individuals beyond the service time of 24 hours in those cases in which the individual needs inpatient psychiatric care or outpatient care and crisis stabilization beds or outpatient services are not reasonably available. A mental health plan that elects to provide crisis stabilization services as described in this section shall amend its mental health plan contract entered into pursuant to this chapter to include a provision authorizing the provision of crisis stabilization services as described in this section. If a person is placed under, or is already under, a 72-hour hold pursuant to Section 5150, he or she shall be credited for the time detained at a certified crisis stabilization unit addressed by this section. Nothing in this section shall be construed to encourage the placement of a 72-hour hold pursuant to Section 5150 for an individual who is at a certified crisis stabilization unit on a voluntary basis.
(b) The department shall amend its contract with a mental health plan to include a provision authorizing the provision of crisis stabilization services as described in this section if the mental health plan elects to provide crisis stabilization services pursuant to this section.

(b)

(c) The department shall require each mental health plan to establish treatment protocols, documentation standards, and administrative procedures, consistent with best practices and other evidence-based medicine, to be followed by a certified crisis stabilization unit for appropriate treatment to individuals who are provided crisis stabilization services for more than 24 hours.

(c)

(d) The department shall seek any state plan amendments or waivers, or amendments to existing waivers, that are necessary to implement this section.

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