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          SENATE THIRD READING
          SB 82 (Budget and Fiscal Review Committee)
          As Amended  June 12, 2013
          Majority vote.  Budget Bill Appropriation Takes Effect  
          Immediately

           SENATE VOTE  :Vote not relevant  
           
           SUMMARY  :  Establishes the Investment in Mental Health Wellness  
          Act of 2013.  Specifically,  this bill  :

          1)Makes various findings and declarations regarding the need for  
            a renewed investment in community-based mental health  
            treatment options.  This bill establishes the Investment in  
            Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013 and states the objectives  
            of this act.

          2)Authorizes the California Health Facilities Financing  
            Authority (CHFFA) to administer a competitive selection  
            process for capital capacity and program expansion to increase  
            capacity for mobile crisis support, crisis intervention,  
            crisis stabilization services, crisis residential treatment,  
            and specified personnel resources.  These funds shall be made  
            available to selected counties, or counties acting jointly.   
            CHFFA may also give consideration to private nonprofit  
            corporations and public agencies in an area or region of the  
            state if a county, or counties acting jointly, affirmatively  
            supports this designation and collaboration in lieu of county  
            government directly receiving the funds.

          3)Requires CHFFA to develop a process to award these grants  
            after consulting with representatives and interested  
            stakeholders from the mental health community.  Requires CHFFA  
            to ensure that grants result in a cost-effective expansion of  
            the number of community-based crisis resources in regions and  
            communities selected for funding.  The 2013-14 Budget provides  
            one-time $142 million General Fund for these purposes.

          4)Implements a process by which the Mental Health Services  
            Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) can allocate  
            funding based upon requests for application of need and  
            description of deployment of triage personnel to assist  
            individuals in gaining access to needed services, including  
            medical, mental health, substance use disorder assistance and  








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            other community services.  Requires that these funds be made  
            available to selected counties, counties acting jointly, or  
            city mental health departments, as determined by the  
            commission through a selection process.  The 2013-14 Budget  
            provides $54 million ($32 million Mental Health Services Act  
            (MHSA) State Administrative Funds and $22 federal funds) for  
            this purpose.  This funding is ongoing.

          5)Requires CHFFA to submit to the Legislature on or before May  
            1, 2014, and on or before May 1, 2015, a report on the  
            progress of the implementation of the grant programs.  These  
            reports shall include at least a description of the project  
            awarded funding, the amount of each grant issued, a  
            description of other sources of funding for the project, and a  
            description of project operation and implementation, including  
            who is being served.
         
           6)Requires the MHSOAC to provide a status report to the  
            Legislature on the progress of implementing the triage  
            personnel allocation process by March 1, 2014.

          7)Restores the MHSA state administrative fund percentage from  
            the current 3.5% to the voter approved Proposition 63 level of  
            5% to fund key regional concerns, which have statewide  
            significance. 

          8)Appropriates $500,000 to CHFFA to implement the grant programs  
            to support the development, capital, equipment acquisition,  
            and applicable program startup or expansion costs to increase  
            capacity for client assistance and services for individuals  
            with mental health disorders.

          9)Contain an appropriation allowing this bill to take effect  
            immediately upon enactment.

           COMMENT  :  This bill is a budget trailer bill within the overall  
          2013-14 budget package to implement actions taken affecting the  
          CHFFA, Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability  
          Commission, and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and  
          Development.


           Analysis prepared by  :   Andrea Margolis / BUDGET / (916)  
          319-2099








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