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California A.B. 2374 - Allied Health Credentialing Issues

08/04/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Allan Mansoor (R)

Summary: Current version (6/25/2014): Prohibits the Department of Health Care Services from approving a certifying organization for those purposes that does not prior to registering or certifying an individual, contact other approved counselor department-approved certifying organizations to determine whether the individual, working within alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and treatment programs, has ever had his or her registration or certification revoked.

Current version (6/25/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2351-2400/ab_2374_bill_20140701_amended_sen_v96.pdf

Amended version (4/22/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2351-2400/ab_2374_bill_20140506_amended_asm_v97.pdf

Amended version (4/8/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2351-2400/ab_2374_bill_20140408_amended_asm_v98.pdf

Introduced version: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2351-2400/ab_2374_bill_20140221_introduced.pdf

Status: Introduced 2/21/2014. Referred to Committee on Health 3/10/2014. Amended by author; referred to Committee on Health 4/8/2014. Hearing held; passed Committee on Health as amended; referred to Committee on Appropriations 4/22/2014. Hearing held; passed Committee on Appropriations 5/14/2014. Passed Assembly 5/23/2014. Referred to Committee on Health 6/5/2014. Hearing held; passed Committee on Health as amended; referred to Committee on Appropriations 6/25/2014. Hearing scheduled 8/4/2014.

Outlook: The Committee on Appropriations hearing will be open to the public. Public testimony will be accepted. Written testimony should be submitted in advance of the scheduled hearing. A vote is at the discretion of the committee chair.

This measure passed the Committee on Health, 8-0-1, and was referred to the Committee on Appropriations. During the hearing the Committee adopted an amendment, which removes language specifying that a counselor consult with the available electronic databases of certain other certifying organizations to determine whether the individual has ever had his or her registration or certification revoked.

The California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources, League of California Cities, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the California Narcotic Officers’ Association support this measure.

This measure passed the Assembly, 73-0-6.

According to the author, this bill is intended to ensure that a resident’s death is promptly reported by an alcoholism and drug abuse recovery or treatment facility and addressed by the Department of Health Care Services in a timely manner.

The author is a member of the minority party. Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature as well as the office of the Governor.

Effective Date: January 1, 2015

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