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 2⁄3 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, until January 1, 2022, would establish the College Mental Health Services Trust Account,
begin delete wouldend delete transfer $40,000,000 annually to that account from begin delete the Mental Health Services Fund,end delete 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: 2⁄3. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
(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
P3 1do not meet national staffing standards for psychiatric services
2and other mental health professionals.
3(f) The lack of services directly impacts college students’
4success and academic performance as well as their ability to
5develop socially as productive members of society.
6(g) The effects of untreated mental health needs are long lasting
7and can include college students dropping out of school,
8experiencing homelessness, and dying of suicide.
9(h) One in 10 college students has considered suicide and suicide
10is the second leading cause of death among college students,
11claiming more than 1,100 lives every year nationally.
12(i) Research shows that for each dollar invested in student
13prevention and early intervention mental health services, California
14will see a return of at least six dollars ($6) and up to eleven dollars
15($11) as a result of more students graduating.
Part 3.3 (commencing with Section 5832) is added to
17Division 5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:
This part shall be known, and may be cited, as the
23College Mental Health Services Program Act.
(a) There is hereby established in the State Treasury
25the College Mental Health Services Trust Account.
26Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, moneys
27in the account are hereby continuously appropriated to the State
28Department of Health Care Services to fund the grant program
29established pursuant to this part.
30(b) Notwithstanding Section 5892 or any other law, forty million dollars
32($40,000,000) shall be transferred from
begin delete the Mental Health Services into the
35College Mental Health Services Trust Account annually.
(a) The department, in
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37the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), shall
38create a grant program for public community colleges, colleges,
begin delete universitiesend delete to improve access to mental health
P4 1services and early identification or intervention programs.
begin delete The
CalMHSA shall establish
2department andend delete
begin delete guidelines for grant shall include, but not be limited
3funding thatend delete
5to, all of the following:
13 The ability of the program to fund the matching component
14required by subdivision
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16 The ability of the campus, in partnership with the local
17county, to establish direct linkages for students to community-based
begin delete services for which the students’ health coverage
19makes them eligible, ensuring provider reimbursement.end delete
24 The ability to participate in evidence-based and community
25defined best practice programs for mental health services
30 The ability of the campus to serve underserved and
begin delete populations, including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay,
32bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) persons,
33victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and veterans.end delete
P5 1 The ability of the campus to reduce racial disparities in
2access to mental health services.
4 The ability of the campus to fund mental health stigma
7 The ability of the campus to provide employees and students
8with education and training on early identification, intervention,
9and referral of students with mental health needs.
37 Grants may be awarded to a community college district in
38the California Community College system, the
39California State University system, or the
40University of California
begin delete system. The scale of the program shall
P6 1determine the amount awarded, but inend delete
3 no case shall the department award more than five million
6dollars ($5,000,000) per campus, per application.
8 Grants shall only be awarded to a campus that can
9dollar-for-dollar match of funds
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25 Administrative costs associated with administering an
26approved program shall be limited to 5 percent
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33 The funding provided pursuant to this part shall not be used
34to supplant existing
begin delete stateend delete or county funds utilized
35to provide mental health services.
37 The department and CalMHSA
begin delete mayend delete provide technical
38assistance to smaller colleges and
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the application process
40to ensure equitable distribution of the grant award.
begin delete colleges andend delete campuses in
2the California State
begin delete Universityend delete system that have been awarded grants
4pursuant to this part shall report annually
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on the use of grant
5Chancellor’s Office and campuses in the University of California
6system shall report annually to the University of California Office
7of the Presidentend delete
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8 This report shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
9(1) How grant funds and matching funds are being used.
10(2) Available evaluation data, including outcomes of the campus
11mental health programs funded pursuant to the grant program.
12(3) Program information regarding services being offered and
13the number of individuals being served.
begin delete Chancellor’s offices and the University of California shall electronically submit the
18Office of the Presidentend delete
begin delete of the campusesend delete required pursuant to subdivision (a), begin delete at
20one time annually, to the department, CalMHSA, and the
21Legislature for evaluation of the grant program. end delete
This part shall remain in effect only until January 1,
342022, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute,
35that is enacted before January 1, 2022, deletes or extends that date.