AB 1194 signed into law
The Governor just signed CPA sponsored AB 1194 (Eggman), which clarifies that danger in the 5150 statute is not restricted to only imminent danger, and that psychiatric history and the input of families MUST be taken into account. This will become the law in California on January 1, 2016.
AB 1194 really amounts to a change in a few words on paper when all is said and done . . . and yet it’s a small but important step forward. AB 1194 has created an opportunity to refine and clarify more broadly who gets care in an emergency setting. It’s also important to note that it will contribute to earlier interventions, and those earlier interventions can lead to better outcomes. In our efforts to make treatment laws more rational, and consistent across counties, hospitals and law enforcement agencies we have won a victory.