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AB 988

Title: Mental health: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
Author: Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

Summary
AB 988, Bauer-Kahan. Mental health: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. (1) Existing law, the Warren-911-Emergency Assistance Act, requires every local public agency, as defined, to have an emergency communication system and requires the digits “911” to be the primary emergency telephone number within the system.Existing law specifies provisions governing the operation and financing of community mental health services for the mentally disordered in every county through locally administered and locally controlled community mental health programs. Existing law specifies that county mental health services should be organized to provide immediate response to individuals in precrisis and crisis and to members of the individual’s support system on a 24-hour, 7-day-per-week basis and authorizes provision of crisis services offsite as mobile services.Existing federal law, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, designates the 3-digit telephone number “988” as the universal number within the United States for the purpose of the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system operating through the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline maintained by the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse and the Veterans Crisis Line maintained by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.This bill would enact the Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act. The bill would require the Office of Emergency Services to verify, no later than July 16, 2022, that technology that allows for transfers between 988 centers as well as between 988 centers and 911 public safety answering points, is available to 988 centers and 911 public safety answering points throughout the state. The bill would require, no later than 90 days after passage of the act, the office to appoint a 988 system director, among other things. The bill would require, no later than July 1, 2024, the office to verify interoperability between and across 911 and 988. The bill would require the office to consult with specified entities on any technology requirements for 988 centers.This bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to create, no later than December 31, 2023, a set of recommendations to support a 5-year implementation plan for a comprehensive 988 system. The bill would require that agency to convene a state 988 advisory group, as described, for purposes of advising the agency on the set of recommendations. The bill would require the agency to report annually, on or before December 31, beginning December 31, 2024, and until December 31, 2029, to the Legislature on the status of 988 implementation in the state, as described.The Administrative Procedure Act generally governs the procedure for the adoption, amendment, or repeal of regulations by state agencies and for the review of those regulatory actions by the Office of Administrative Law. The bill would provide that regulations and other similar instruments made pursuant to these provisions by the Office of Emergency Services and the California Health and Human Services Agency are not subject to the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act.(2) Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law also provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires a health care service plan contract or disability insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2021, to provide coverage for medically necessary treatment of mental health and substance use disorders, as defined, under the same terms and conditions applied to other medical conditions.This bill would require health care service plans and insurers to cover medically necessary treatment of a mental health or substance us

Status
Read first time. To print. 02/18/2021
From printer. May be heard in committee March 21. 02/19/2021
Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and C. & C. 03/04/2021
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on C. & C. (Ayes 11. Noes 2.) (April 20). Re-referred to Com. on C. & C. 04/21/2021
Coauthors revised. 04/29/2021
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (April 28). Re-referred to Com. on APPR. 04/29/2021
In committee: Hearing postponed by committee. 05/10/2021
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on APPR. Read second time and amended. 05/13/2021
Re-referred to Com. on APPR. 05/17/2021
In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file. 05/19/2021
Joint Rule 62(a), file notice suspended. 05/20/2021
From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 4.) (May 20). 05/20/2021
Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading. 05/24/2021
Read second time. Ordered to third reading. 05/25/2021
Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 70. Noes 0.) 06/02/2021
In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. 06/03/2021
Referred to Com. on RLS. 06/16/2021
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on RLS. 06/22/2021
Re-referred to Coms. on G.O., HEALTH, and E., U. & C. 06/24/2021
Action rescinded whereby the bill was re-referred to the Com. on E., U. & C. 06/24/2021
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on G.O. 06/06/2022
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on G.O. 06/16/2022
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on HEALTH. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (June 28). Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH. 06/29/2022
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (June 29). Re-referred to Com. on APPR. 06/30/2022
In committee: Referred to suspense file. 08/02/2022
From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (August 11). 08/11/2022
Read second time. Ordered to third reading. 08/11/2022
Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading. 08/18/2022
Read second time. Ordered to third reading. 08/22/2022
Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 37. Noes 0.). 08/25/2022
In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 27 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77. 08/25/2022
Assembly Rule 77(a) suspended. 08/25/2022
Urgency clause adopted. Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 64. Noes 0.). 08/25/2022
Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m. 08/31/2022

Bill Documents
AB 988 - Amended+Senate
06/22/2021 - AB 988 (Amended+Senate)


AB 988 - Amended+Assembly
05/24/2021 - AB 988 (Amended+Assembly)

AB 988 - Amended+Assembly
05/13/2021 - AB 988 (Amended+Assembly)

AB 988 - Introduced
02/18/2021 - AB 988 (Introduced)

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    Asm. Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-CA)
    State House

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