Amended in Assembly March 30, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2017

Introduced by Assembly Member McCarty

February 16, 2016

An act to add Part 3.3 (commencing with Section 5832) to Division 5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health, and making an appropriation therefor.


AB 2017, as amended, McCarty. College Mental Health Services Program.

Existing law, the Mental Health Services Act, an initiative measure enacted by the voters as Proposition 63 at the November 2, 2004, statewide general election, funds a system of county mental health plans for the provision of mental health services, as specified. The act provides that it may be amended by the Legislature by a 23 vote of each house as long as the amendment is consistent with and furthers the intent of the act.

The act establishes the Mental Health Services Fund, continuously appropriated to and administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, to fund specified county mental health programs, including prevention and early intervention programs and programs implemented under the Adult and Older Adult Mental Health System of Care Act. The act authorizes the payment of administrative costs of the state from the fund in an amount not greater than 5% of the annual total deposited in the fund and otherwise specifies the distribution of moneys in the fund.

This bill would establish the College Mental Health Services Trustbegin delete Account andend deletebegin insert Account,end insert wouldbegin delete appropriateend deletebegin insert transferend insert an unspecified amount annually to that account from the Mental Health Services Fund,begin insert and would appropriate those fundsend insert tobegin delete be used byend delete the department to create a grant program for public community colleges, colleges, and universities to improve access to mental health services on campus, as specified. The bill would require campuses that have been awarded grants annually to report on the use of grant funds.

By changing the funding structure approved by the voters, this bill would amend the Mental Health Services Act. The bill would state the finding of the Legislature that the measure is consistent with and furthers the purposes of the Mental Health Services Act.begin insert The bill would make other finding and declarations.end insert

Vote: 23. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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begin insert(a)end insertbegin insertend insertThe Legislature finds and declares that this
2measure is consistent with and furthers the purposes of the Mental
3Health Services Act within the meaning of Section 18 of that act.

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(b) Students, faculty, health practitioners, and college
5administrators are reporting increased rates of mental health
6needs by students attending public colleges in California.

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(c) One in four students have a diagnosable mental illness and
840 percent of students do not seek mental health when they need

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(d) Eight out of 10 people who experience psychosis have their
11first episode between 15 and 30 years of age.

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(e) The demand for mental health services by public college
13students far outpaces the ability of colleges to provide them.
14California public college campuses and higher education systems
15do not meet national staffing standards for psychiatric services
16and other mental health professionals.

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(f) The lack of services directly impacts college students’ success
18and academic performance as well as their ability to develop
19socially as productive members of society.

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(g) The effects of untreated mental health needs are long lasting
21and can include college students dropping out of school,
22experiencing homelessness, and dying of suicide.

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(h) One in 10 college students has considered suicide and
2suicide is the second leading cause of death among college
3students, claiming more than 1,100 lives every year nationally.

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(i) Research shows that for each dollar invested in student
5prevention and early intervention mental health services, California
6will see a return of at least six dollars ($6) and up to eleven dollars
7($11) as a result of more students graduating.

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SEC. 2.  

Part 3.3 (commencing with Section 5832) is added to
9Division 5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:


11PART 3.3.  College Mental Health Services



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begin insert5832.end insert  

This part shall be known, and may be cited, as the
15College Mental Health Services Program Act.

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(a) There is hereby established in the State Treasury
18the College Mental Health Services Trustbegin delete Account to be used byend delete
19begin insert Account. Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code,
20moneys in the account are hereby continuously appropriated toend insert

21 the State Department of Health Care Services to fund the grant
22program established pursuant to this part.

23(b) Notwithstanding Section 5892 or any other law, ____ dollars
24($____) shall be transferred from the Mental Health Services Fund
25into the College Mental Health Services Trust Account annually.


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(a) The department, in consultation with the California
28Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), shall create a grant
29program for public community colleges, colleges, and universities
30to improve access to mental health servicesbegin delete on campus.end deletebegin insert and early
31identification or intervention programs.end insert
The department and
32CalMHSA shall establish guidelines for grant funding that shall
33include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

34(1) The ability of the program to fund the matching component
35required by subdivision (c).

36(2) The ability of the campus, in partnership with the local
37county, to establish direct linkages for students to community-based
38mental health services for which the students’ health coverage
39makes them eligible, ensuring provider reimbursement.

P4    1(3) The ability to participate in evidence-basedbegin insert and community
2definedend insert
best practice programs for mental health services

4(4) The ability of the campus to serve underserved and
5vulnerable populations, including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay,
6bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) persons,
7victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and veterans.

8(5) The ability of the campus to reduce racial disparities in
9access to mental health services.

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(6) The ability of the campus to fund mental health stigma
11reduction activities.

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(7) The ability of the campus to provide employees and students
13with education and training on early identification, intervention,
14and referral of students with mental health needs.

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15(b) Grants may be awarded to abegin delete campusend deletebegin insert community college
16districtend insert
in the California Community College system, the California
17State University system, or the University of California system.
18The scale of the program shall determine the amount awarded, but
19in no case shall the department award more than five million dollars
20($5,000,000) per campus, per application.

21(c) Grants shall only be awarded to a campus that can show a
22dollar-for-dollar match of funds from the campus.

23(d) The department and CalMHSA may provide technical
24assistance to smaller colleges and counties in the application
25process to ensure equitable distribution of the grant award.


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(a) Community colleges and campuses in the
28California State University system that have been awarded grants
29pursuant to this part shall report annually to thebegin insert respectiveend insert
30 Chancellor’s Office and campuses in the University of California
31system shall report annually to the University of California Office
32of the President on the use of grant funds. This report shall include,
33but not be limited to, all of the following:

34(1) How grant funds and matchingbegin delete revenuesend deletebegin insert fundsend insert are being

36(2) Available evaluation data, including outcomes of the campus
37mental health programs funded pursuant to the grant program.

38(3) Program information regarding services being offered and
39the number of individuals being served.

P5    1(b) The Chancellor’sbegin delete Officeend deletebegin insert officesend insert and the University of
2California Office of the President shall forward the reports of the
3campuses required pursuant to subdivision (a), at one time
4annually, to the department, CalMHSA, and the Legislature for
5evaluation of the grant program.