SAN DIEGO – Assemblymember Brian Maienschein’s bill, AB 1340, was recently passed in both houses of the legislature. This legislation would initiate the development of a Continuing Medical Education (CME) course for medical professionals that focuses on identifying the early symptoms of mental illness, with a particular focus on children and youth.
“Sixty percent of mental health care visits are referred to a primary care physician.” said Maienschein, “Pediatricians and general practitioners need to be supported in their work and provided with robust evidence based practices and training around early intervention for mental health issues with their patients.”
This bill is widely supported by the medical community, sharing support from The Steinberg Institute, California Access Coalition, California Alliance for Child and Family Services, California Council of Community Behavioral Health, California Mental Health Planning Council, California Psychiatric Association, Choc Children, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, First 5 California and the March of Dimes.
AB 1340 will now be considered by the governor in the coming weeks.