Amended in Assembly April 7, 2016

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.

Thisbegin delete billend deletebegin insert bill, until January 1, 2022,end insert would establish the College Mental Health Services Trust Account, would transferbegin delete an unspecified amountend deletebegin insert $40,000,000end insert annually to that account from the Mental Health Services Fund, and would appropriate those funds to 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. The bill would make other finding and declarations.

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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(a) The 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.

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

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

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

12(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.

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

P3    1(g) The effects of untreated mental health needs are long lasting
2and can include college students dropping out of school,
3experiencing homelessness, and dying of suicide.

4(h) One in 10 college students has considered suicide and suicide
5is the second leading cause of death among college students,
6claiming more than 1,100 lives every year nationally.

7(i) Research shows that for each dollar invested in student
8prevention and early intervention mental health services, California
9will see a return of at least six dollars ($6) and up to eleven dollars
10($11) as a result of more students graduating.


SEC. 2.  

Part 3.3 (commencing with Section 5832) is added to
12Division 5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:


14PART 3.3.  College Mental Health Services





This part shall be known, and may be cited, as the
18College Mental Health Services Program Act.



(a) There is hereby established in the State Treasury
20the College Mental Health Services Trust Account.
21Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, moneys
22in the account are hereby continuously appropriated to the State
23Department of Health Care Services to fund the grant program
24established pursuant to this part.

25(b) Notwithstanding Section 5892 or any other law,begin delete ____ dollars
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begin insert forty million dollars ($40,000,000)end insert shall be transferred
27from the Mental Health Services Fund into the College Mental
28Health Services Trust Account annually.



(a) The department, in consultation with the California
30Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), shall create a grant
31program for public community colleges, colleges, and universities
32to improve access to mental health services and early identification
33or intervention programs. The department and CalMHSA shall
34establish guidelines for grant funding that shall include, but not
35be limited to, all of the following:

36(1) The ability of the program to fund the matching component
37required by subdivision (c).

38(2) The ability of the campus, in partnership with the local
39county, to establish direct linkages for students to community-based
P4    1mental health services for which the students’ health coverage
2makes them eligible, ensuring provider reimbursement.

3(3) The ability to participate in evidence-based and community
4defined best practice programs for mental health services

6(4) The ability of the campus to serve underserved and
7vulnerable populations, including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay,
8bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) persons,
9victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and veterans.

10(5) The ability of the campus to reduce racial disparities in
11access to mental health services.

12(6) The ability of the campus to fund mental health stigma
13reduction activities.

14(7) The ability of the campus to provide employees and students
15with education and training on early identification, intervention,
16and referral of students with mental health needs.

17(b) Grants may be awarded to a community college district in
18the California Community College system, the California State
19University system, or the University of California system. The
20scale of the program shall determine the amount awarded, but in
21no case shall the department award more than five million dollars
22($5,000,000) per campus, per application.

23(c) Grants shall only be awarded to a campus that can show a
24dollar-for-dollar match of funds from the campus.

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(d) Administrative costs associated with administering an
26approved program shall be limited to 5 percent for any grantee.

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(e) The funding provided pursuant to this part shall not be used
28to supplant existing state or county funds utilized to provide mental
29health services.

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31begin insert(f)end insert The department and CalMHSA may provide technical
32assistance to smaller colleges and counties in the application
33process to ensure equitable distribution of the grant award.



(a) Community colleges and campuses in the
35California State University system that have been awarded grants
36pursuant to this part shall report annually to the respective
37Chancellor’s Office and campuses in the University of California
38system shall report annually to the University of California Office
39of the President on the use of grant funds. This report shall include,
40but not be limited to, all of the following:

P5    1(1) How grant funds and matching funds are being used.

2(2) Available evaluation data, including outcomes of the campus
3mental health programs funded pursuant to the grant program.

4(3) Program information regarding services being offered and
5the number of individuals being served.

6(b) The Chancellor’s offices and the University of California
7Office of the President shallbegin delete forwardend deletebegin insert electronically submitend insert the
8reports of the campuses required pursuant to subdivision (a), at
9one time annually, to the department, CalMHSA, and the
10Legislature for evaluation of the grant program.

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This part shall remain in effect only until January 1,
122022, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute,
13that is enacted before January 1, 2022, deletes or extends that

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