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Governor Brown Signs Three Landmark Bills

Governor Brown Signs Three Landmark Bills

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 1315 into law–a groundbreaking measure that aims to shift the paradigm for mental health treatment in California from one centered on late-stage crisis care to one in which the emphasis is on early detection, prevention and intervention, before a brain illness becomes disabling.

We also became the third state in the country to shield residents’ ABLE accounts from Medicaid repayment when Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 218. This bill provides that a Californian’sCalABLE account will not be subject to recovery by Medi-Cal or the state.

Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 462, which allows the Employment Development Department (EDD) to share employment data with the MHSOAC to better assess employment outcomes for people with mental health needs. “Mental health services must be focused on recovery and there is no better measure for recovery than employment,” said Toby Ewing, Executive Director of the MHSOAC.