CA SB 326

Title: The Behavioral Health Services Act.
Author: Susan Talamantes Eggman

SB 326, Eggman. The Behavioral Health Services Act. (1) Existing law, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), an initiative measure enacted by the voters as Proposition 63 at the November 2, 2004, statewide general election, funds a system of county mental health plans for the provision of mental health services. Existing law authorizes the MHSA to be amended by a 2/3 vote of the Legislature if the amendments are consistent with and further the intent of the MHSA. Existing law authorizes the Legislature to add provisions to clarify procedures and terms of the MHSA by majority vote.If approved by the voters at the March 5, 2024, statewide primary election, this bill would recast the MHSA by, among other things, renaming it the Behavioral Health Services Act (BHSA), expanding it to include treatment of substance use disorders, changing the county planning process, and expanding services for which counties and the state can use funds. The bill would revise the distribution of MHSA moneys, including allocating up to $36,000,000 to the department for behavioral health workforce funding. The bill would authorize the department to require a county to implement specific evidence-based practices.This bill would require a county, for behavioral health services eligible for reimbursement pursuant to the federal Social Security Act, to submit the claims for reimbursement to the State Department of Health Care Services (the department) under specific circumstances. The bill would require counties to pursue reimbursement through various channels and would authorize the counties to report issues with managed care plans and insurers to the Department of Managed Health Care or the Department of Insurance.The MHSA establishes the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and requires it to adopt regulations for programs and expenditures for innovative programs and prevention and early intervention programs established by the act. Existing law requires counties to develop plans for innovative programs funded under the MHSA.This bill would rename the commission the Behavioral Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and would change the composition and duties of the commission, as specified. The bill would delete the provisions relating to innovative programs and instead would require the counties to establish and administer a program to provide housing interventions. The bill would provide that “low rent housing project,” as defined, does not apply to a project that meets specified criteria.This bill would make extensive technical and conforming changes.(2) Existing law, the Bronzan-McCorquodale Act, contains provisions governing the operation and financing of community mental health services for persons with mental disorders in every county through locally administered and locally controlled community mental health programs. Existing law further provides that, to the extent resources are available, community mental health services should be organized to provide an array of treatment options in specified areas, including, among others, case management and individual service plans. Under existing law, mental health services are provided through contracts with county mental health programs.The bill would authorize the State Department of Health Care Services to develop and revise documentation standards for individual service plans, as specified. The bill would revise the contracting process, including authorizing the department to temporarily withhold funds or impose monetary sanctions on a county behavioral health department that is not in compliance with the contract. (3) The bill would provide that its provisions are severable.(4) The bill would provide for the submission of specified sections of this bill and AB 531 to the voters at the March 5, 2024, statewide primary election, as specified.(5) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.

Bill Documents
CA SB 326 - 09/18/23 - Enrolled
09/18/23 - CA SB 326 (09/18/23 - Enrolled)

CA SB 326 - 09/08/23 - Amended Assembly
09/08/23 - CA SB 326 (09/08/23 - Amended Assembly)

CA SB 326 - 09/05/23 - Amended Assembly
09/05/23 - CA SB 326 (09/05/23 - Amended Assembly)

CA SB 326 - 08/23/23 - Amended Assembly
08/23/23 - CA SB 326 (08/23/23 - Amended Assembly)

CA SB 326 - 08/15/23 - Amended Assembly
08/15/23 - CA SB 326 (08/15/23 - Amended Assembly)

CA SB 326 - 07/13/23 - Amended Assembly
07/13/23 - CA SB 326 (07/13/23 - Amended Assembly)

CA SB 326 - 06/19/23 - Amended Assembly
06/19/23 - CA SB 326 (06/19/23 - Amended Assembly)

CA SB 326 - 03/21/23 - Amended Senate
03/21/23 - CA SB 326 (03/21/23 - Amended Senate)

CA SB 326 - 02/07/23 - Introduced
02/07/23 - CA SB 326 (02/07/23 - Introduced)

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  • Susan Eggman - D
    Senator - State Senate - CA

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