Senator Moorlach Announces Bill to Make Mental Health Funds More Flexible, Efficient

Press Conference to Introduce Senate Bill 1273 at St. Joseph Hospital
Friday, February 26, 2016

Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett & Senator Moorlach

Orange County – At a news conference today at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, California, State Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) announced that he has authored Senate Bill 1273, which will give the County greater flexibility over use of Mental Health Services Act funds.

Senator Moorlach was joined by Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, St. Joseph Hospital President and CEO, Steven C. Moreau, Tustin Police Chief Charles F. Celano, Jr., Dr. Peter Anderson, Physician, Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) Representative for Supervisors Behavioral Health Ad Hoc, and several others.

SB 1273 clarifies that counties have the flexibility to use mental health services funding for crisis stabilization services for individuals who are experiencing a mental health emergency, particularly for individuals placed on a temporary 5150 mental health hold.  This will help ensure that patients in mental crisis can receive quicker care at proper facilities, rather than the hospital emergency room. 

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