Update on Governor’s Legislative Proposals to Modernize California’s Behavioral Health System
July 6, 2023
Governor Newsom’s legislative package of two bills proposing to modernize the state’s behavioral health system and create more behavioral health housing have been set for their initial hearings next week in policy committees.
- AB 531 (Irwin), the Behavioral Health Infrastructure Bond Act of 2023, which proposes a $4.68 billion bond measure to finance the construction of community mental health facilities, has been set for hearing on Monday, July 10 in the Senate Committee on Housing. CSAC, jointly with the Urban Counties of California and the Rural County Representatives of California, has taken a position of ‘support in concept’ on the measure as currently drafted. Should the bill pass out of Senate Housing Committee, the bill will be referred next to the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, where the bill is scheduled for hearing pending receipt on Wednesday, July 12.
- SB 326 (Eggman), the Behavioral Health Services Act, which proposes significant changes to the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) among other provisions, is set for hearing in the Assembly Committee on Health on Tuesday, July 11. Of note, the bill will be taken up as “vote-only” in order to adopt an urgency clause, which will allow the measure to be heard beyond the policy committee deadline to hear bills which is Friday, July 14. There will be no testimony taken on this bill for this hearing. CSAC anticipates the bill’s first policy hearing will occur sometime in August after the Legislature returns from its summer recess which concludes on August 13.