SB 803

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Jan 08, 2020
  • Passed Senate Jun 24, 2020
  • Assembly
  • Governor

Mental health services: peer support specialist certification.

Abstract

(1) Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. Existing law establishes a schedule of benefits under the Medi-Cal program and provides for various services, including behavioral and mental health services that are rendered by Medi-Cal enrolled providers. This bill would establish a peer support specialist certification program administered by the department. This bill would require the department to conduct specified activities relating to the certification of peer support specialists, including establishing a certifying body to provide for a statewide certification for peer support specialists and determining curriculum and core competencies, as specified, required for certification of an individual as a peer support specialist. The bill would require the department to amend the Medicaid state plan to include a certified peer support specialist as a provider type for purposes of the Medi-Cal program and to include peer support specialist services as a distinct service type under the Medi-Cal program. The bill would authorize the department to establish a certification fee schedule and to require remittance of fees as contained in that schedule to support the department's activities related to the ongoing administration of the peer support specialist certification program. The bill would require Medi-Cal reimbursement for peer support specialist services to be implemented only if, and to the extent that, federal financial participation is available and the department obtains all necessary federal approvals. The bill would authorize the department to implement, interpret, or make specific its provisions by various means, including plan letters, without taking regulatory action, until regulations are adopted, and would require the department to adopt regulations by January 1, 2022. (2) 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, establishes the continuously appropriated Mental Health Services Fund to fund various county mental health programs. The act provides that it may be amended by the Legislature by a 2 / 3 vote of each house as long as the amendment is consistent with, and furthers the intent of, the act, and that the Legislature may also clarify procedures and terms of the act by majority vote. This bill would authorize the department to use funding provided through the MHSA, upon appropriation and to the extent authorized by the MHSA, to fund state administrative costs related to developing and administering the peer support specialist certification program, and would require those MHSA funds to be available for purposes of claiming federal financial participation under the Medicaid program. The bill would provide that this provision does not constitute a change in the MHSA, but is a clarification of a funding purpose that is consistent with the intent of the MHSA.

Bill Sponsors (13)

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Actions


Jun 29, 2020

Assembly

Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Jun 24, 2020

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

Senate

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

Jun 23, 2020

Senate

Ordered to special consent calendar.

Jun 22, 2020

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Jun 18, 2020

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (June 18).

Senate

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Jun 11, 2020

Senate

Set for hearing June 18.

Jun 09, 2020

Senate

June 9 hearing: Placed on APPR. suspense file.

Jun 03, 2020

Senate

Set for hearing June 9.

Jun 02, 2020

Senate

Hearing rescheduled due to Capitol closure.

May 26, 2020

Senate

Set for hearing June 1.

May 13, 2020

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 9. Noes 0. Page 3533.) (May 13). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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

May 11, 2020

Senate

Set for hearing May 13.

Mar 26, 2020

Senate

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

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

Jan 15, 2020

Senate

Referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Jan 09, 2020

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after February 8.

Jan 08, 2020

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

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01/08/20 - Introduced PDF
03/26/20 - Amended Senate PDF
06/18/20 - Amended Senate PDF

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