AB 2859

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2023-2024 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly May 21, 2024
  • Senate
  • Governor

Emergency medical technicians: peer support.

Abstract

Existing law establishes a statewide system for emergency medical services (EMS) and establishes the Emergency Medical Services Authority, which is responsible for establishing training, scope of practice, and continuing education for emergency medical technicians and other prehospital personnel. Existing law authorizes a public fire agency or law enforcement agency to establish a peer support and crisis referral program, to provide a network of peer representatives who are available to come to the aid of their fellow employees on a broad range of emotional or professional issues. This bill would authorize an EMS provider to establish a peer support and crisis referral program to provide a network of peer representatives available to aid fellow employees on emotional or professional issues. The bill would provide that EMS personnel, whether or not a party to an action, have a right to refuse to disclose, and to prevent another from disclosing, a confidential communication between the EMS personnel and a peer support team member, crisis hotline, or crisis referral service, except under limited circumstances, including, among others, if disclosure is reasonably believed to be necessary to prevent death, substantial bodily harm, or commission of a crime, or in a criminal proceeding. The bill would also provide that, except for an action for medical malpractice, a peer support team member and the EMS provider that employs them are not liable for damages, as specified, relating to an act, error, or omission in performing peer support services, unless the act, error, or omission constitutes gross negligence or intentional misconduct. To be eligible for these confidentiality protections, the bill would require a peer support team member to complete a training course or courses on peer support approved by the local EMS agency. By imposing a higher level of service on a local agency, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. 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, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Bill Sponsors (2)

Votes


Actions


May 29, 2024

Senate

Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.

May 22, 2024

Senate

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

May 21, 2024

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 71. Noes 0.)

May 16, 2024

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.

May 15, 2024

Assembly

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

Apr 25, 2024

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 24, 2024

Assembly

Read second time and amended.

Apr 23, 2024

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (April 23).

Apr 22, 2024

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Apr 18, 2024

Assembly

Read second time and amended.

Apr 17, 2024

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (April 16).

Mar 19, 2024

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Mar 18, 2024

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.

Assembly

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

Feb 16, 2024

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 17.

Feb 15, 2024

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB2859 HTML
02/15/24 - Introduced PDF
03/18/24 - Amended Assembly PDF
04/18/24 - Amended Assembly PDF
04/24/24 - Amended Assembly PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/12/24- Assembly Health PDF
04/19/24- Assembly Judiciary PDF
05/14/24- Assembly Appropriations PDF
06/17/24- Senate Health PDF

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