Legislative Updates

Bills Supported in the 2018 Legislative Session:

AB 11: EPSDT screening – VETOED

This bill would clarify that all infants and toddlers in Medi-Cal should receive routine timely developmental screenings with a validated tool during a health care visit.

AB 1871: Free/reduced meals at charter schools – SIGNED

This bill would require a charter school to provide each needy pupil, as defined, with one nutritionally adequate free or reduced-price meal during each school-day.

AB 2043: Urgent response system for foster youth – VETOED

This bill would require county child welfare, probation, and behavioral health agencies, in each county to establish a joint county-based Family Urgent Response System that includes a mobile response and stabilization team to provide stabilization services for caregivers and current or former foster children or youth who are experiencing a crisis.

AB 2066: Cal EITC expansion – HELD in COMMITTEE

This bill would extend eligibility for California’s state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to three categories low-income working young adults ages 18-24, low-income working seniors over 65, and low-income working immigrant families with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs).

AB 2315: Telehealth for schools – SIGNED

This bill would require the Department of Education and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), with stakeholders, to develop guidelines for the use of telehealth technology in public schools, including charter schools, to provide mental health and behavioral health services to pupils on school campuses.

AB 2428: Consolidated licensing for health centers – SIGNED

This bill would build upon the prior legislation from 2016 (AB 2053, Gonzalez Fletcher) to ensure that the consolidated license process is being utilized by health centers in the most effective way.

AB 2576: Declared emergencies and health centers – SIGNED

This bill would increase health centers’ ability to provide care during a declared emergency. It would address challenges with telephonic visits, care at shelters, care at home, and pharmacy services.

AB 2579: WIC/Medi-Cal express lane – HELD in COMMITTEE

This bill would implement an express lane eligibility pathway from WIC to Medi-Cal.

AB 2820: School climate surveys – HELD in COMMITTEE

This bill would require the State Superintendent to convene a technical design group to develop criteria for vetting and certifying school conditions and climate surveys. The bill would authorize local education agencies to use one of the state’s vetted school conditions and climate survey tools.

AB 3192: Audit guide for LEA Medi-Cal – SIGNED

This bill would require DHCS to work with stakeholders to create a fiscal and program compliance guide for the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option program.

SB 439: Jurisdiction of juvenile court – SIGNED

This bill would end the prosecution of youth younger than 12 years in juvenile court, except in very violent cases.

SB 607: Willful Defiance – VETOED

This bill would extend the current ban on suspensions for willful defiance from K-3 to K-8

SB 982: CalWORKS grants – HELD in COMMITTEE

To the extent funding is available in the state budget, this bill would increase the amount of CalWORKS grants.

SB 1004: MHSA prevention and early intervention – SIGNED

The bill would amend the Mental Health Services Act by requiring the portion of the funds in county plans relating to prevention and early intervention to focus on the priorities established by the state commission, including childhood trauma prevention and early intervention.

SB 1125: Same-day billing for health centers – VETOED

This bill would allow FQHCs and RHCs to bill for two visits in one day, for example if a patient has a medical visit and a mental health visit or a dental visit on the same day at a single location.

SB 1192: Healthy kids’ meal drinks – SIGNED

This bill would require a restaurant that sells a children’s meal that includes a beverage, to make the default beverage water or unflavored milk.

SB 1391: Trying youth as adults – SIGNED

This bill would end the transfer to adult court of 14- and 15-year-olds.


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