FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 26, 2016
Contact: Amanda Smith (703) 615-2839, Amanda.Smith@sen.ca.gov
Senator Moorlach Announces Bill to Make Mental Health Funds More Flexible, Efficient
Press Conference to Introduce Senate Bill 1273 at St. Joseph Hospital
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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About Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa):
State Senator John Moorlach represents the 37th district of California, is a trained Certified Financial Planner and is the only trained CPA in the California State Senate. He gained national attention 20 years ago when he was appointed Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector and helped the County recover from its bankruptcy filing – at the time the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. History.