New Mental Health and Lifeline Act Comes Into Force


The problem: California law requires health care providers to schedule a mental health assessment, also known as an “admission,” within two weeks of the patient’s request to be seen by a therapist. An input consists of social, clinical and demographic data taken to obtain useful and useful information. This is required of the patient by clinicians for accurate and up-to-date information before being assigned a therapist best suited to their needs. Until recently, no law required that a session be scheduled with a therapist after a treatment.

Do: The number of psychiatrists who said they received more referrals nearly doubled, from 37% in 2020 to 62% in 2021. Nearly 7 in 10 psychiatrists (68%) said their waiting list had grown significantly extended since the start of the pandemic.

Presentation of SB221: Bill SB221 is a mental health law that guarantees Californians the right to timely mental health and addictions sessions with a board-certified therapist. This bill came into force on July 1. It was signed into law in 2021 by a bipartisan vote. This bill requires HMOs and all other health insurance companies to provide mental health and addiction therapy sessions as well as inpatient or outpatient treatment within two weeks of submitting their claim.

File a complaint : If your health care plan is Medi-Cal, you can request an independent review by going online or by calling 855-795-0634. You can also call your health care services line to find out which agency your health care belongs to. If it’s the Department of Managed Healthcare, you can request an independent review by calling 888-466-2219 or logging on to If your regulator is the California Department of Insurance, you can call 800-927-4357.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Need immediate advice? From July 16, the three-digit dialing code for Suicide and Crisis Lifeline became available. The 988 phone number is a crisis call center offering 24/7 access to a live agent. This service is free for anyone who needs help while going through suicidal thoughts, emotional distress, and a substance abuse crisis.

Questions about 988? You can send all questions to [email protected].

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