Legislation of Interest to CPA Members 


The CPA has a leadership position in fostering mental health legislation and policies that best serve California's diverse population. Through collaboration with our physician members and ongoing communication with state legislators, agencies, and stakeholders, the CPA develops policy and legislative positions that impact the delivery of mental health care in California. In Sacramento, it's our job to inform policymakers about the positions we adopt, to advocate or oppose legislation, and to educate officials and the public about the delivery of mental health programs. The CPA influences mental health policy throughout the state of California and the nation.


Below you will find detail about legislation that CPA was involved in or sponsored in 2017.  To sign up to receive updates on individual bills REGISTER HERE. Once registered, enter the bill you want to follow and click on the Follow Box. You'll be notified of any changes. It's a fast and easy process! To simply view the bill in current form click on "View Bill." Next up we'll list our targeted bills for 2018! 


SUMMARY: Would, until January 1, 2022, authorize specified counties or cities within those counties to authorize the operation of supervised injection services programs for adults that satisfies specified requirements, including, among other things, a hygienic space supervised by health care professionals, as defined, where people who use drugs can consume preobtained drugs, sterile consumption supplies, and access to referrals to substance use disorder treatment. The bill would require any entity operating a program under its provisions to provide an annual report to the city, county, or city and county, as specified.  POSITION: Support

AB 186  (Eggman D)   Controlled substances: safer drug consumption program

AB 720  (Eggman D)   Inmates: psychiatric medication: informed consent

SUMMARY: Current law prohibits, except as specified, a person sentenced to imprisonment in a county jail from being administered any psychiatric medication without his or her prior informed consent. Current law authorizes a county department of mental health, or other designated county department, to administer to an inmate involuntary medication on a nonemergency basis only after the inmate is provided, among other things, a hearing before a superior court judge, a court-appointed commissioner or referee, or a court-appointed hearing officer. This bill would extend to an inmate confined in a county jail the protection from being administered any psychiatric medication without his or her prior informed consent, with certain exceptions. POSITION: Sponsor

AB 1136 (Eggman D)   Health facilities: residential mental or substance use disorder treatment

SUMMARY: Would require the State Department of Public Health to develop and submit a proposal to solicit a grant under the federal 21st Century Cures Act to develop a real-time, Internet-based database to collect, aggregate, and display information about beds in inpatient psychiatric facilities, crisis stabilization units, residential community mental health facilities, and licensed residential substance use disorder treatment facilities. The bill would require a database created using grant funds received as a result of the submission of that proposal to have the capacity to collect data and enable a specified search and to include specified information, including, among other things, the contact information for the facility’s designated employee. POSITION: Sponsor


AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer D)   Counties: contracts for personal services AB

SUMMARY:  Would establish specific standards for the use of personal services contracts by counties. The bill would allow a county or county agency to contract for personal services currently or customarily performed by employees, as applicable, when specified conditions are met. The bill would exempt certain types of contracts from its provisions, and would exempt a city and county from its provisions. By placing new duties on local government agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill also would provide that its provisions are severable. POSITION: Oppose






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 AB 1315 (Mullin D)   Mental health: early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention

 SUMMARY: Summary: Would establish an advisory committee to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission for purposes of creating an early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention competitive selection process to, among other things, expand the provision of high-quality, evidence-based early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention services in this state by providing funding to the counties for this purpose. The bill would require a county that receives an award of funds to contribute local funds, as specified. POSITION: Support

AB 1340 (Maienschein R)   Continuing medical education: mental and physical health care integration

 SUMMARY: Would require the Medical Board of California to consider including in its continuing education requirements a course in integrating mental and physical health care in primary care settings, especially as it pertains to early identification of mental health issues and exposure to trauma in children and young adults and their appropriate care and treatment. POSITION: Support  

SUMMARY: Under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA), employees of local public agencies have the right to form, join, and participate in the activities of employee organizations of their own choosing for the purpose of representation on all matters of employer-employee relations. The MMBA authorizes a local public agency to adopt reasonable rules and regulations after consultation in good faith with representatives of a recognized employee organization or organizations for the administration of employer-employee relations under the act. This bill would revise the definition of “public employee” for the purpose of the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act to also include persons jointly employed by a public agency and any other employer at specified clinics and hospitals. POSITION: Oppose

1603 (Ridley-Thomas D)   Meyers-Milias-Brown Act: local public agencies

SB 8 (Beall D)   Diversion: mental disorders

SUMMARY: ​Would authorize a court, with the consent of the defendant and a waiver of the defendant’s speedy trial right, to postpone prosecution of a misdemeanor or a felony punishable in a county jail, and place the defendant in a pretrial diversion program for up to 2 years if the court is satisfied the defendant suffers from a mental disorder, that the defendant’s mental disorder played a significant role in the commission of the charged offense, and that the defendant would benefit from mental health treatment. POSITION:  Support

 SB  374 (Newman D)   Health insurance: discriminatory practices: mental health

SUMMARY: Would require large group, individual, and small group health insurance policies to provide all covered mental health and substance use disorder benefits in compliance with those provisions of federal law governing mental health parity.



Summary: Current law requires a party to obtain leave of court to conduct a mental examination of a party, and requires a court to grant a motion for a mental examination only for good cause shown. Current law also requires a mental examination to be performed by a licensed physician or licensed clinical psychologist with specified training. This bill would, in any action involving allegations of sexual abuse of a minor, further require that a mental examination of a child less than 15 years of age be conducted by a licensed physician or clinical psychologist with expertise in child abuse and trauma and limit the examination to no more than 3 hours, including any breaks, unless the court grants an extension for good cause. POSITION: Support  

 SB 755 (Beall D)   Civil discovery: mental examination


 SB SB 790 (McGuire D)   Health care providers: gifts and benefits


SUMMARY:   Would, on and after January 1, 2019, prohibit a manufacturer of a prescribed product from offering or giving a gift to a health care provider. The bill would further prohibit a manufacturer of a prescribed product or an entity on behalf of a manufacturer of a prescribed product from providing a fee, payment, subsidy, or other economic benefit to a health care provider in connection with the provider’s participation in research, except as specified. The bill would define terms of its purposes, including, among others, the term “gift.” The bill would specify circumstances to which these prohibitions do not apply. POSITION: Oppose

 SB 798 (Hill D)   Healing arts: boards


SUMMARY: Current law, the Medical Practice Act, establishes the Medical Board of California for the licensure and regulation of physicians and surgeons. Current law requires the Governor to appoint members to the board, as provided. Current law authorizes the board to employ an executive director, investigators, legal counsel, medical consultants, and other assistance as specified. Current law requires the Attorney General to act as legal counsel for the board, as specified. Current law provides that those provisions will be repealed on January 1, 2018. This bill would instead repeal those provisions on January 1, 2022. POSITION: Opposition Withdraw





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