More than 15.5 million patients visit California’s emergency departments annually, but some of those patients could get more appropriate care at a sobering center or a designated behavioral health facility.
California state law requires that paramedics direct people to an emergency department (ED) in response to all 9-1-1 calls. But that’s not always necessary. If a patient is inebriated, or experiencing a behavioral health crisis, the safest and most appropriate care may be at a sobering center or other facility.
A new proposal in the legislature, AB 1795, would empower trusted first responders to provide patients with the best care for their needs, while ensuring emergency departments are dedicated to those who are experiencing life-threatening conditions.
This law would allow first responders to:
- Direct inebriated patients to sobering centers
- Bring patients experiencing a behavioral health episode to mental health urgent care centers
- Provide the safest and most appropriate care to all patients at the right time
This change in the law will make sure that more people get the right care at the right time. Sign on now, and we’ll deliver your signed petition directly to lawmakers.