The State Worker

Jerry Brown signs package of state psychiatric-care bills

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed four measures supported by a labor coalition that includes AFSCME Local 2620, California Association of Psychiatric Technicians, CSLEA, SEIU Local 1000, UAPD and International Union of Operating Engineers:

Assembly Bill 1340 (Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo): Creates enhanced-treatment pilot programs for treating the most dangerous patients at Atascadero, Coalinga, Napa and Patton State Hospitals. Takes effect July 1, 2015 subject to funding.

Assembly Bill 1960 (Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno): Allows California state hospital law-enforcement and licensed mental health staff to see patients’ criminal history to assess violence risks and help patient placement.

Assembly Bill 2186 (Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach): Allows for involuntary medication of psychiatric patients found incompetent to stand trial and for those medication orders to follow them to from facility to facility.

Assembly Bill 2625 (Achadjian): Requires that county courts find appropriate mental-health care facilities for patients it refers to its state hospitals who are unlikely to regain sanity, instead of leaving them in the custody of the state.

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