Tracked Legislation

Bills Supported in the 2019 Legislative Session:

AB 138 (Bloom): California Community Health Fund – HELD in COMMITTEE

This bill would impose a $0.02 per fluid ounce fee on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages.

AB 258 (Jones-Sawyer): School-Based Pupil Support Services Program Act – VETOED

The bill would create a grant program for local equational agencies (LEAs) from Prop 64 revenues. The bill would authorize 2 types of grants: planning grants and operational grants. Operational grants would be used by qualifying schools to increase the presence of school health professionals at schoolsites and providing programs that prevent and reduce substance abuse among pupils. Planning grants would be used for planning and coordination activities relating to specified support services.

AB 512 (Ting): Cultural competence in mental health – VETOED

This bill would require county mental health plans to prepare a cultural competence plan to address specified matters, including mental health disparities in access, utilization, and outcomes by various categories, such as race, ethnicity, and immigration status.

AB 526 (Petrie-Norris): Medi-Cal & WIC Express Lane – 2 YEAR BILL

This bill would require the Department of Health Care Services, in collaboration with other entities, to design and implement policies and procedures for an automated enrollment pathway, designating the WIC Program and its local WIC agencies as Express Lane agencies and using WIC eligibility determinations to meet Medi-Cal eligibility requirements.

AB 875 (Wicks): Healthy Start 2.0 – 2 YEAR BILL

This bill would update and relaunch the state’s Healthy Start program, which provided funding and technical assistance to LEAs to plan comprehensive services and contract with other entities, including county agencies and private nonprofit organizations or private partners, to provide services to pupils and their families.

AB 890 (Wood): Nurse practitioners practice authority – 2 YEAR BILL

This bill would establish the Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Board within the Department of Consumer Affairs. The bill would authorize a nurse practitioner who holds a certification as a nurse practitioner from a national certifying body recognized by the board who practices in certain settings or organizations to perform specified functions without supervision by a physician and surgeon.

AB 898 (Wicks): Children’s Behavioral Health Action Team – 2 YEAR BILL

This bill would require the state to convene the Children’s Behavioral Health Action Team to maximize the Medi-Cal program’s investment in the social, emotional, and developmental health and well-being of children who receive health care through the Medi-Cal program.

AB 1322 (Berman): School-based health programs – VETOED

This bill would require the State Department of Education to establish a School-Based Health Unit for the purpose of administering current health-related programs under the purview of the State Department of Education and advising it on issues related to the delivery of school-based Medi-Cal services in the state. The bill would require the unit to, among other things, provide technical assistance, outreach, and informational materials to LEAs on allowable services and on the submission of claims.

SB 66 (Atkins): Same-day billing for FQHCs – 2 YEAR BILL

This bill would authorize reimbursement for a maximum of 2 visits taking place on the same day at a single location if after the first visit the patient suffers illness or injury requiring additional diagnosis or treatment, or if the patient has a medical visit and a mental health visit or a dental visit.

SB 207 (Hurtado): Asthma preventive services in Medi-Cal – 2 YEAR BILL

This bill would include asthma preventive services as a covered benefit under the Medi-Cal program, upon appropriation of funds from the Legislature. The bill would require the state to approve two accrediting bodies with expertise in asthma to review and approve training curricula for asthma preventive services providers.

SB 284 (Beall): Juvenile justice – VETOED

This bill would increase that annual rate that counties must pay when a juvenile offender is committed and housed in a state-run juvenile facility.

SB 331 (Hurtado): County suicide prevention plans – 2 YEAR BILL

This bill would require counties to create and implement, and update every 3 years, a suicide-prevention strategic plan that places particular emphasis on preventing suicide in children who are less than 19 years of age.

SB 419 (Skinner): Willful defiance – SIGNED

This bill adds grades 4 and 5 and charter schools to the provisions prohibiting the suspension of a pupil for disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of school personnel.

SB 433 (Monning): Youth development and diversion – 2 YEAR BILL

This bill would require the state to establish and oversee a 3-year pilot program known as the Office of Youth Development and Diversion (OYDD) Pilot Program. The purpose of the program would be to advance a comprehensive, coordinated, and expanded approach to youth diversion, with the goal of minimizing youth contact with the juvenile or criminal justice systems.

SB 499 (McGuire): California-Grown for Healthy Kids Program – 2 YEAR BILL

This bill would establish this program, administered by the State Department of Education, to increase the provision of universally free school meals made with fresh, California-grown fruits and vegetables.

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