BILL ANALYSIS Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair 2199 (Lowenthal) Hearing Date: 08/12/2010 Amended: 04/14/2010 Consultant: Dan Troy Policy Vote: Health 7-0 _________________________________________________________________ ____ BILL SUMMARY: AB 2199 would delete a statutory requirement for the Department of Mental Health (DMH) to plan, conduct, and cause to be conducted scientific research into the causes and cures of sexual deviation, including deviations conducive to sex crimes against children, and the "causes and cures of homosexuality." This bill would add a requirement for the Department to conduct research into the prevention of sex crimes against children and into methods of identifying those who commit sexual offenses. _________________________________________________________________ ____ Fiscal Impact (in thousands) Major Provisions 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Fund Sex crimes research No cost General _________________________________________________________________ ____ STAFF COMMENTS: SUSPENSE FILE. AS PROPOSED TO BE AMENDED. The requirement for DMH to research the "causes and cures of homosexuality" has been in code since 1950. In 1973, the American Psychological Association's (APA) Board of Trustees voted to remove homosexuality from its official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), after a review of scientific literature found that homosexuality did not meet the criteria to be considered a mental illness. The APA has indicated that all major professional mental health organizations are in agreement on this issue. As DMH reports that it does not currently conduct research into this issue, deleting the outdated requirement would have no fiscal impact. The bill would also require DMH to conduct research into the prevention of sex crimes against children and into methods of identifying those who commit sexual offenses. Using the experience of a current clinical study regarding forensic psychology issues, DMH believes cost for this new activity would be approximately $1.8 million over three years. Author's proposed amendments would delete the new reporting requirement.