AB 1316

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2023-2024 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly Jan 25, 2024
  • Senate
  • Governor

Emergency services: psychiatric emergency medical conditions.

Abstract

Existing law, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, provides for the involuntary commitment and treatment of a person who is a danger to themselves or others or who is gravely disabled, as defined. 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 provisions. Pursuant to a schedule of covered benefits, existing law requires Medi-Cal coverage for inpatient hospital services, subject to utilization controls, and with respect to fee-for service beneficiaries, coverage for emergency services and care necessary for the treatment of an emergency medical condition and medical care directly related to the emergency medical condition, as specified. Existing law provides for the licensing and regulation of health facilities by the State Department of Public Health and makes a violation of those provisions a crime. Existing law defines "psychiatric emergency medical condition," for purposes of providing treatment for emergency conditions, as a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity that it renders the patient as being either an immediate danger to the patient or to others, or immediately unable to provide for, or utilize, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder. Existing law includes various circumstances under which a patient is required to be treated by, or may be transferred to, specified health facilities for treatment that is solely necessary to relieve or eliminate a psychiatric emergency medical condition. This bill would revise the definition of "psychiatric emergency medical condition" to make that definition applicable regardless of whether the patient is voluntary, or is involuntarily detained for evaluation and treatment, under prescribed circumstances. The bill would make conforming changes to provisions requiring facilities to provide that treatment. By expanding the definition of a crime with respect to those facilities, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the Medi-Cal program to cover emergency services and care necessary to treat an emergency medical condition, as defined, including all professional physical, mental, and substance use treatment services, including screening examinations necessary to determine the presence or absence of an emergency medical condition and, if an emergency medical condition exists, all services medically necessary to stabilize the beneficiary. The bill would require coverage for emergency services necessary to relieve or eliminate a psychiatric emergency medical condition, regardless of duration, or whether the beneficiary is voluntary, or involuntarily detained for evaluation and treatment, as specified. The bill would require a Medi-Cal managed care plan, as defined, to be responsible for covering, and reimbursing providers for furnishing, those emergency services and care, as specified. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Bill Sponsors (2)

Votes


Actions


May 29, 2024

Senate

In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

May 20, 2024

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Amendment-Introduction
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

May 01, 2024

Senate

Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Jan 25, 2024

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 69. Noes 0. Page 3934.)

Jan 22, 2024

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.

Jan 18, 2024

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (January 18).

Jan 09, 2024

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (January 9). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jan 04, 2024

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Jan 03, 2024

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HEALTH. Read second time and amended.

Apr 10, 2023

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

Mar 02, 2023

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.

Feb 17, 2023

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 19.

Feb 16, 2023

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB1316 HTML
02/16/23 - Introduced PDF
01/03/24 - Amended Assembly PDF
05/20/24 - Amended Senate PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
01/05/24- Assembly Health PDF
01/16/24- Assembly Appropriations PDF
05/24/24- Senate Health PDF
06/10/24- Senate Health PDF

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