Legislation

Senate Bill 1273 – Emergency Mental Health Services Funding

Fact Sheet (pdf)

Senate Bill 1273 Language

SUMMARY: The bill seeks to clarify that Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding is available to county personnel for crisis stabilization services, specifically when law enforcement has in custody an individual who exhibits behaviors that warrant a mental health evaluation.

Pursuant to the Welfare & Institutions Code (W&I) Section 5150, MHSA funding can be used to provide evaluation and temporary outpatient services. This bill will clarify that, when a peace officer or another designated person writes a 5150 hold, these individuals require a temporary assessment and are eligible for outpatient services funded by MHSA pursuant to W&I Section 5801.

This clarification provides counties with the flexibility to fund outpatient care, as well as help ensure emergency department access is preserved for patients with urgent medical conditions and that patients in psychiatric crisis receive prompt therapeutic evaluations and treatment.

Senate Bill x1 9 – Responsible Contracting for Caltrans

Fact Sheet (pdf)
SUMMARY: Senate Billx1 9 prohibits the use of one-time, nonrecurring funds to support permanent ongoing state positions within the Department of Transportation (Caltrans). This bill also requires Caltrans to increase contracting for architectural and engineering services decreasing the use of permanent civil service positions for this workload.

Cost to the Taxpayers of Obtaining Architectural and Engineering Services: State Employees vs. Private Consulting Firms (April 9, 2007)
Authors: William G. Hamm, Ph.D. & Mark L. Rodini

Professional Engineers in California (PECG) SBX19 Opposition Letter (August 1, 2015)

Professional Engineers in California (PECG) SBX19 Opposition Letter (August 13, 2015)

Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Subcommittee No.2 (May 25, 2011, pg. 29-32)