AB 713

Version: Amended+Assembly
Author: Asm. Kevin Mullin (D-CA)



Introduced by Assembly Member Mullin

February 19, 2019


An act to amend Section Sections 5835.1 and 5835.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 713, as amended, Mullin. Early Psychosis Intervention Plus (EPI Plus) Program.
Existing law, the Mental Health Services Act, an initiative measure enacted by the voters as Proposition 63 at the November 2, 2004, statewide general election, establishes the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to oversee various mental health programs funded by the act. Existing law establishes the Early Psychosis and Mood Disorder Detection and Intervention Fund, and authorizes the commission to allocate moneys from that fund to provide grants through a competitive selection process to counties or other entities to create, or expand existing capacity for, early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention services and supports. Existing law requires the commission to adopt regulations to implement these provisions, but provide that the adoption of those regulations and the implementation of the grant program are contingent upon the deposit into the fund of at least $500,000 in nonstate funds for those purposes. Existing law prohibits funds from being appropriated from the General Fund for purposes of these provisions.
This bill would delete that prohibition on General Fund moneys being appropriated for purposes of those provisions and would delete the requirement that the minimum $500,000 deposit be from nonstate funds.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 5835.1 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

5835.1.
 (a) The Early Psychosis and Mood Disorder Detection and Intervention Fund is hereby created within the State Treasury. The moneys in the fund shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to the commission for the purposes of this part. The commission may use no more than five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) of the amount deposited annually into the fund for administrative expenses in implementing this part, including providing technical assistance.
(b) There may be paid into the fund all of the following:
(1) Any private donation or grant.
(2) Any other federal or state grant.
(3) Any interest that accrues on amounts in the fund and any moneys previously allocated from the fund that are subsequently returned to the fund.
(c) Moneys shall be allocated from the fund by the commission for the purposes of this part.
(d) Distributions from the fund shall be supplemental to any other amounts otherwise provided to county behavioral health departments for any purpose and shall only be used to fund early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention programs.
(e) The commission may elect not to make awards if available funds are insufficient.

(f)Funds shall not be appropriated from the General Fund for the purposes of this part.

SECTION 1.SEC. 2.

 Section 5835.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code is amended to read:

5835.5.
 Implementation of the grant program established pursuant to Section 5835.3 and the adoption of regulations pursuant to Section 5835.4 shall be contingent upon the deposit into the fund established pursuant to Section 5835.1 of at least five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for the purpose of funding grants and administrative costs for the commission pursuant to this part.