Health and Human Services
AB 1299 (Ridley-Thomas) – SUPPORT IN CONCEPT
As Amended April 21, 2015
AB 1299, by Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley -Thomas, would make changes to how foster children placed outside of their county of original jurisdiction are able to access mental health services. It would require the Department of Health Care Services to issue policy guidance that establishes the presumptive transfer of responsibility from the county of original jurisdiction to the foster child’s county of residence. Additionally, AB 1299 would require the Department of Finance to set an allocation schedule of the Behavioral Health Subaccount.
CSAC has taken a SUPPORT IN CONCEPT on AB 1299, as it seeks to ensure foster children receive services mental health services in a timely manner. However, CSAC continues to work with the author’s office and the sponsors – the California Alliance of Child and Family Services – to address county concerns regarding the bill language.
AB 1299 was passed unanimously by the Senate Health Committee and is now heading to the Senate Human Services Committee.
Juvenile Court Proceedings
AB 879 (Burke) – SUPPORT
As Amended April 21, 2015
AB 879, by Assembly Member Autumn Burke – daughter of former Los Angeles County Supervisor, Assembly Member and U.S. Congresswoman, Yvonne Burke – would allow county welfare agencies and courts to provide notice by e-mail to parties in dependency cases at the parties consent.
Co-authored by Los Angeles County and the County Welfare Directors Association of California, AB 879 was unanimously passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is on consent on the Senate Floor. In addition to the co-sponsors, CSAC, the Urban Counties Caucus, and the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors are all in SUPPORT of this measure.
AB 858 (Wood) – SUPPORT
As Amended May 28, 2015
AB 858, by Assembly Member Wood, initially sought to allow Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics to be reimbursed by Medi-Cal for two visits by a patient with a single or different health care professional on the same day at a single location. The May 28 amendments added provisions from Assembly Wood’s AB 690, which sought to allow federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs) to draw down federal funding for patient visits with marriage and family therapists.
CSAC supports AB 690 – which did not progress out of the Assembly – and AB 858 – which has been approved by the Senate Health Committee and awaits a hearing by the Senate Appropriations Committee.