This bill expands the definition of “gravely disabled” to also include a condition that will result in substantial risk of serious harm to the physical or mental health of a person due to a mental health disorder or a substance use disorder. Status: Re-referred to Committee on Judiciary CANHR was part of a Coalition Oppose Letter you can read here.
SB 232 (Niello): Mental Health Services: Gravely Disabled
Attempts to change a key element of the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, the landmark 1967 legislation that ended the involuntary institutionalization of people with severe mental-health issues. Under this proposal, the definition of what constitutes a “gravely disabled” person would be amended to include homeless persons who are unable to care for themselves. Status: Referred to Committees on Health and Judiciary
SB 774 (Jones & Grove): Nonprofit Health Facilities: Sale of Assets: Attorney General Approval: Conditional Consent
Would severely limit the authority of California’s Attorney General to protect access and affordability of hospital services provided by most hospitals in California. This would in turn impact healthcare costs for Californians, including members of the small business community who already struggle with access to affordable care. Status: Set for hearing 4/12/23.
SB 875 (Glazer): Referral source for residential care facilities for the elderly: duties
This bill would recast the requirements on a placement agency and its employees to instead be requirements on a referral source, defined to mean any specified county department, stated-funded program, agency, or person that is engaged in identifying senior housing options at residential care facilities for the elderly. Status: Set for hearing 4/17/23.
SB 299 (Eggman): Medi-Cal Eligibility: Redetermination
This bill would delete the requirement that county eligibility workers automatically terminate an individual’s Medi-Cal coverage when mail is returned to the county as undeliverable. Status: Set for hearing 4/10/23.
SB 525 (Durazo): Minimum Wage: Health Care Workers
SB 525 will raise to $25 the minimum wage for the lowest paid healthcare workers including those who provide services in nursing, caregiving, housekeeping, security, clerical, food services, laundry, and other patient-care related services. Status: Re-referred to Com. on L., P.E. & R. Set for hearing on 4/12/23. Read CANHR’s Support Letter.
AB 1537 (Wood): Skilled Nursing Facilities: Direct Care Spending Requirements
This bill would require by July 1, 2024, the establishment of a direct patient-related services spending, reporting, and rebate requirement for skilled nursing facilities, with exceptions. Would require that a minimum of 85% of a facility’s total non-Medicare health revenues from all payer sources in each fiscal year be expended on residents’ direct patient-related services, as defined.
AB 1536 (Carillo & Santiago): Cash Assistance Program for Aged, Blind, and Disabled Immigrants
Would expand eligibility for the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) program to aged, blind, and disabled individuals regardless of immigration status if the individual meets the eligibility criteria for the program and is not eligible solely due to their immigration status. Status: Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations
AB 1417 (Wood): Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse: Mandated Reporting
Will require mandated reporters to follow a single, simplified reporting process, and also require reports of abuse or neglect to be reported sooner than under the current system (e.g., 24 hours vs. 2 working days). Would ensure that criminal acts are reported to law enforcement first. This bill will ensure that residents of long-term care facilities have the same protections against elder abuse as persons who reside in their own homes.
AB 1387 (Ting & Weiner): In-Home Supportive Services: Provider Shortage
Would require the Department of Health Care Services to establish a grant-based program to support outreach and education to encourage immigrants to become in-home supportive services (IHSS) providers, contingent upon an appropriation by the Legislature for that purpose. Status: Referred to Committee on Human Services. Will be heard 4/18/23.
AB 1085 (Maienschein): Medi-Cal: Housing Support Services
This bill would require the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to seek federal approval to make housing support services a Medi-Cal benefit. Status: Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations Read CANHR’s Support Letter.
AB 751 (Schiavo): Elder Abuse
The bill would codify existing law requiring most local law enforcement agencies to adopt a detailed, specific policy providing much better protection to the 8.5 million older adult Californians and to the 9 million California children and adults with disabilities. Status: Ordered to Consent Calendar. May be heard 4/19/23. Read CANHR’s Support Letter.
AB 486 (Kalra): Long-Term Health Facilities: Citation Appeals
This bill would provide a more consistent framework for the appeals process across regulatory citations for long-term care facilities in California. This would reduce the burden on our superior court system and save judicial resources and taxpayer money. Furthermore, it would streamline and improve a process that is designed to hold negligent facilities (i.e., nursing homes) accountable.
SB 278 (Dodd): Elder Abuse
SB 278 will strengthen California’s elder financial abuse protections by clarifying current language in statutes governing elder financial abuse under Welfare & Institutions Code §15610.30. Status: Will be heard 4/19/23. Read CANHR’s Support Letter
SB 311 (Eggman): Medi-Cal Part A Buy-In
SB 311 would require the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to submit a State Plan Amendment for California to become a Part A Buy-In State. SB 311 would benefit low-income older Californians and persons with disabilities, who rely on Medicare and Medi-Cal but struggle to pay costly Medicare Part A premiums, by simplifying the enrollment process for financial assistance.
SB 263 (Dodd): Insurance: Annuity & Life Insurance Consumer Protections
SB 263 will protect consumers, including vulnerable seniors, from potential abuse and exploitation of harmful financial investment transactions by adopting the 2020 version of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation (#275). This bill requires producers to put the consumer’s best interests ahead of their sales and to consider information they know or should have known about a consumer before making a recommendation.
AB 488 (Nguyen): Medi-Cal: skilled nursing facilities: vision loss
Using the Workforce and Quality Incentive Program, under which a skilled nursing facility provides services to a Medi-Cal managed care enrollee, AB 488 would require that the program includes staff training and general facility improvements aimed at addressing the needs of skilled nursing facility residents with vision loss. This would include modifying facility registration documents, menus, activities, announcements, schedules and a variety of other materials that are seldom found in large print.
AB 979 (Alvarez): Strengthening Family Councils in Long Term Care Facilities
AB 979 modernizes existing family council laws, so that members can meet and communicate electronically and continue to operate during a public health emergency. The bill ensures that facilities will be more responsive to concerns raised by family councils, discourages operators from undermining family council activities, and clarifies that control of the family council membership and participation in meetings lies with the family council itself. AB 979 also harmonizes family council protections in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, which is long overdue.
AB 48 (Aguiar-Curry): Nursing Facility Resident Informed Consent Protection Act of 2023
Despite dangerous side effects, condemnation by care providers, and a decade-long national and state campaign to reduce the inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs in nursing homes, the U.S. Office of Inspector General recently found that 80% of long-stay nursing home residents are receiving psychotropic drugs. A big reason why so many residents are drugged is that they are never given information about the risks, benefits, and alternatives to psychotropic drugs and the choice to refuse them. AB 48 will better ensure that residents are given the right information and meaningful choice.
Oppose SB-43: Chair, Senate Health Committee
The organizations submitting this letter advance and protect the rights of Californians living with mental health disabilities. We advocate for voluntary, community-based treatment and services and the expansion of choices, rights, and liberties for people living with mental health disabilities.