Frazier bill to help Solano County build mental health residential homes advances

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Health Committee unanimously approved AB 1769, a bill by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) to appropriate $14 million for Solano County to construct two integrated mental health residential facilities on the county’s social services campus.

“Solano County is desperately in need of residential facilities for residents transitioning from locked long-term care settings,” Frazier said. “AB 1769 will allow the county to develop stable treatment programming in a residential setting, which is critical for successful integration into the community. It also fulfills the promise of the Olmstead Decision that people with disabilities have a right to receive state funded support and services rather than live in institutions.”

Solano County would use the funding to develop two residential programs.

The first would be an augmented board and care program to provide intensive mental health services to improve independent living skills. It would be available for patients coming directly from a locked psychiatric facility in advance of an eventual independent residential placement.

The second would be a licensed board and care residence for those ready to live more independently, but still need assistance and guidance.

Locating these two programs on the county’s social services campus would provide a concentration of resources to assist in early intervention in mental health crises and prevent costly hospitalizations, plus facilitate the delivery of medical care and social services in a coordinated fashion.

People placed in these programs would receive collateral support and participate in peer groups to help monitor their treatment. 

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Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which encompasses a large cross section of the Delta in Central Solano, Eastern Contra Costa and Southern Sacramento counties, and includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.

CONTACT:   Andrew Bird (916) 319-2011 Andrew.Bird@asm.ca.gov