AB 1299

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2015-2016 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly Feb 27, 2015
  • Passed Assembly Jun 01, 2015
  • Passed Senate Aug 23, 2016
  • Signed by Governor Sep 25, 2016

Medi-Cal: specialty mental health services: foster children.

Abstract

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. Existing law provides that specialty mental health services and Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) for any individual under 21 years of age are covered under Medi-Cal, consistent with the requirements of federal law. Federal law defines EPSDT to include screening services, vision services, dental services, hearing services, and other necessary services to correct or ameliorate defects and physical and mental illnesses and conditions discovered by the screening services, whether or not the services are covered under the state plan. Existing law provides that specialty mental health services include EPSDT services provided to eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries under 21 years of age. Existing law requires each local mental health plan to establish a procedure to ensure access to outpatient specialty mental health services, as required by the EPSDT program standards, for children in foster care who have been placed outside their county of adjudication. Existing law includes standardized contracts, procedures, documents, and forms, to facilitate the receipt of medically necessary specialty mental health services by a foster child who is placed outside his or her county of original jurisdiction. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to ensure that foster children who are placed outside of their county of original jurisdiction, are able to access mental health services in a timely manner consistent with their individualized strengths and needs and the requirements of EPSDT program standards and requirements. The bill would require the department to issue policy guidance that establishes the conditions for and exceptions to presumptive transfer of responsibility for providing or arranging for mental health services to a foster child from the county of original jurisdiction to the county in which the foster child resides, as prescribed. The bill would define presumptive transfer for these purposes. The bill would authorize any interested party who owes a legal duty to the child involving the child's health or welfare to seek a waiver of presumptive transfer and would provide that the county probation agency or child welfare services agency with responsibility for the care and placement of the child is responsible for determining whether presumptive transfer is appropriate under specified conditions, including when a determination is made that the transfer of mental health services would disrupt continuity of care or timely access to services, as specified. The bill would require the mental health plan in the host county to assume responsibility for the authorization and provision of mental health services, and payments for services, upon the presumptive transfer. By increasing the responsibilities of county probation agencies or child welfare services agencies with respect to determining whether presumptive transfer is appropriate, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill would require the department to seek approval from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prior to implementing these provisions if the department determines that approval is necessary. The bill would authorize the department and the State Department of Social Services to adopt regulations to implement these provisions by July 1, 2019, 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, 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 these statutory provisions.

Bill Sponsors (5)

Votes


Actions


Sep 25, 2016

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 603, Statutes of 2016.

Sep 07, 2016

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 12 p.m.

Aug 29, 2016

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 79. Noes 1. Page 6350.).

Aug 24, 2016

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 26 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.

Aug 23, 2016

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 39. Noes 0. Page 5269.).

Aug 19, 2016

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 18, 2016

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 17, 2016

Senate

Ordered to second reading.

Senate

(Ayes 26. Noes 13. Page 5065.)

Senate

Withdrawn from committee.

Aug 16, 2016

Senate

Withdrawn from committee.

Senate

Re-referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Aug 01, 2016

Senate

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

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

Aug 27, 2015

Senate

In committee: Held under submission.

Aug 17, 2015

Senate

In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR APPR. suspense file.

Jul 16, 2015

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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

Jul 15, 2015

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (July 14).

Jun 18, 2015

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on HUMAN S. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (June 17). Re-referred to Com. on HUMAN S.

  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
Com. on HUMAN S.

Jun 11, 2015

Senate

Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and HUMAN S.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HEALTH and HUMAN S.

Jun 01, 2015

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 80. Noes 0. Page 1727.)

Senate

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

May 28, 2015

Assembly

Joint Rule 62(a), file notice suspended. (Page 1613.)

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 17. Noes 0.) (May 28).

May 27, 2015

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR APPR. suspense file.

Apr 29, 2015

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 19. Noes 0.) (April 28). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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

Apr 22, 2015

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Apr 21, 2015

Assembly

Read second time and amended.

Apr 20, 2015

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on HEALTH with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (April 14).

Mar 23, 2015

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on HUM. S. and HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HUM. S. and HEALTH.

Mar 02, 2015

Assembly

Read first time.

Mar 01, 2015

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 31.

Feb 27, 2015

Assembly

Introduced. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB1299 HTML
02/27/15 - Introduced PDF
04/21/15 - Amended Assembly PDF
07/16/15 - Amended Senate PDF
08/01/16 - Amended Senate PDF
08/18/16 - Amended Senate PDF
08/31/16 - Enrolled PDF
09/25/16 - Chaptered PDF

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