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CA AB 2237

Title: Children and youth: transfer of specialty mental health services.
Author: Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry

Summary
AB 2237, as amended, Aguiar-Curry. Children and youth: transfer of specialty mental health services. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services (department), 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. Under existing law, specialty mental health services include federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) services provided to eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries under 21 years of age.This bill would require, when a child or youth 21 years of age or younger who is receiving Medi-Cal specialty mental health services changes residence from one county to another, the receiving county to provide specialty mental health services to the child or youth, if the transfer of those services from one county to another is not otherwise governed by a process established in statute. The bill also would require the State Department of Health Care Services to collect specified data related to the receipt of specialty mental health services by children and youth who move outside of the county where they originally received specialty mental health services, and to include the data in the department’s Medi-Cal specialty mental health services performance dashboard. The bill would require the department to issue guidance, as specified, to define the requirements on a receiving county for the continued provision of specialty mental health services, to coordinate and expedite the transfer of services from one county to another, and reduce the burden on children and youth and their caregivers to reestablish services in the receiving county. The bill would authorize the department to implement, interpret, or make specific its provisions by means of all-county letters, plan letters, plan or provider bulletins, or similar instructions, until regulations are adopted, as specified. By increasing duties of counties administering the Medi-Cal program, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.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 no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Status
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on G.O. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (June 19). Re-referred to Com. on G.O.

Bill Documents
CA AB 2237 - 04/11/24 - Amended Assembly
04/11/24 - CA AB 2237 (04/11/24 - Amended Assembly)


CA AB 2237 - 03/18/24 - Amended Assembly
03/18/24 - CA AB 2237 (03/18/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 2237 - 02/08/24 - Introduced
02/08/24 - CA AB 2237 (02/08/24 - Introduced)

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