CHA News Article

Health Care Professionals Join CHA to Lobby on Behalf of Alternate Destination Bill

Yesterday, CHA and representatives from Los Angeles County — co-sponsors of AB 1795 (Gipson, D-Carson) — led a group of more than 30 health care professionals in a full day of visits with legislators to support AB 1795. The bill would allow specially trained paramedics to transport patients with mental health and alcohol intoxication needs to sites other than emergency rooms, and give local emergency services agencies the authority to develop alternate destination programs — allowing for more direct access to appropriate care and increasing efficiency for local emergency response systems.

Professionals from sobering centers, county emergency medical services agencies and departments of behavioral health, and regional fire departments joined CHA member hospitals in the lobby action day. Participants met with all 15 members of the Assembly Health Committee and held a press conference, attended by the bill’s author, Assemblymember Mike Gipson, Assemblymember Philip Ting (D- San Francisco), Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn.

AB 1795 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Health Committee on April 17.