SB 1319 – Increased Access to Behavioral Health Treatment

What is this bill about?

SB 1319 will streamline the process for converting unused skilled nursing facilities to behavioral health facilities to ensure they can operate in a timely manner, as a response to the increased need for behavioral health facilities in the state.

How does it align with yli’s values?

yli partners with thousands of youth across the state, the majority of whom are low-income youth of color. In recent years, mental health and substance use have become the core issues around which most of our programming focuses. Our youth depend on us to pass policies that work effectively to address these health crises.

Existing law requires skilled nursing facilities that would like to provide behavioral health services to seek approvals from multiple state departments – significantly delaying the process for these critical behavioral health facilities to open and become operational. 

In an effort to address the fentanyl crisis, SB 1319 contributes to the Senate’s evidence-based approach to increase access to treatment facilities by creating a streamlined process to submit applications for these facilities.

This policy aligns with our Health Justice Platform, which advocates for comprehensive and holistic health care for all people.

What is yli doing about it?

We have just submitted a letter endorsing this bill, and we are showing our support on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


Who supports this bill?

  • California Association of Health Facilities (Sponsor)

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