CA Opioid Legislation

California Opioid Legislation 

Compiled by Ramon Castellblanch, PhD, Quality Healthcare Concepts, Inc.

Last updated: July 9, 2019

2018 CA Opioid Legislative Summary

Medication-Assisted Treatment Access

AB 319
Summary: would require the DHCS to create reimbursement rates and rate billing codes for use by licensed narcotic treatment programs providing medication-assisted treatment
Author: Blanca Rubio (D-eastern San Gabriel Valley)

AB 882
Summary: would prohibit an employer from discharging an employee for being in MAT
Author: McCarty (D-Sacramento)
AJ position: SUPPORT

AB 890 – referred to Assembly Business & Professions
Summary: would allow nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled substances
Author: Wood (D-Eureka)
AJ position: SUPPORT

AB 1327
Summary: would require narcotic treatment programs to provide safe storage products, as defined, to every patient who is eligible to take medication off the premises
Author: Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach)
Status: Senate Health

AB 1557
Summary: would establish the California Rehabilitation Center within the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the purpose of providing treatment and rehabilitation to individuals in the custody of the department who are addicted to, or in imminent danger of becoming addicted to, narcotics
Author: Chiu (D-San Francisco)
AJ position: SUPPORT

SB 11
Summary: bans insurer restrictions on coverage for SUD treatment medicines
Author: Beall (D-Campbell)
AJ position: SUPPORT

Rehab Access

AB 389
Summary: would require DHCS to support SUD peer navigators for Emergency Departments
Author: Arambula (D-Fresno)
AJ position: SUPPORT

AB 1468
Summary: would charge opioid makers to fund opioid prevention and rehabilitation programs
Author: McCarty (D-Sacramento)
Status: Assembly Floor (two-year bill)

AB 1550
Summary: alcohol and drug programs spot bill
Author: Bonta (D-Oakland)

SB 10
Summary: would establish behavioral health services and/ or SUD treatment peer support specialist certification program; specialists could be eligible for Medi-Cal funding
Author: Beall (D-Campbell)
AJ position: SUPPORT
Status: Assembly Appropriations

SB 42
Summary: would provide a person with the right to request that, upon his or her release from a county jail, he or she be assisted in entering a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program; would also require a person who is released from jail after being incarcerated for more than 30 days to be provided with at least 3 days’ supply of any necessary medication
Author: Skinner (D-Berkeley)
Status: Assembly Appropriations

Naloxone Access

AB 714
Summary: would exempt prescribers from requirement to prescribe naloxone concurrent with certain opioid prescriptions
Author: Wood (D-Eureka)
Status: Senate Floor

Safe Injection

AB 362
Summary: Authorize San Francisco to operate safe injection site for users of dangerous drugs. While this is opposed by the current federal administration, it is an important step forward in harm reduction.
Author: Eggman (D-Stockton)
Status: Senate Public Safety; triple referral (Public Safety, Health, Judiciary)

SB 689
Summary: Would require localities to opt-in via ordinance or resolution before the California Department of Public Health can authorize a needle exchange in that area.
Author: Moorlach (R-Orange County)
AJ position: OPPOSE


AB 528
Summary: Would require a dispensing pharmacy to report the information required by the CURES database no more than one working day after a controlled substance is dispensed.
Author: Low (D-Cupertino)
AJ position: SUPPORT
Status: Senate Appropriations

Dual Diagnosis

AB 1058
Summary: Would require DHCS to engage in a stakeholder process to develop recommendations for addressing barriers to the delivery of integrated behavioral health services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries with co-occurring SUD and behavioral health conditions.
Author: Salas (D-Bakersfield)
Status: Senate Appropriations

Recovery & Treatment Facilities

AB 549
Summary: Alcoholism and drug abuse recovery or treatment facilities spot bill
Author: Diep (R-Huntington Beach)

AB 615
Summary: Would make giving or receiving remuneration or anything of value for the referral of a person who is seeking alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and treatment services a crime
Author: Brough (R-San Juan Capistrano)

AB 682
Summary: would require the State Department of Public Health, to solicit a grant to develop a database to display information about the availability of beds in licensed residential alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facilities
Author: Eggman (D-Stockton)
AJ position: SUPPORT

AB 704
Summary: would require criminal record review of staff in an alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facility
Author: Patterson (R-Fresno)

AB 920
Summary: Exempts alcoholism and drug use disorder residential treatment facilities (RTF) that serve six or fewer persons from oversight and restrictions; opposed by Disability Rights California.
Author: Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach)
Status: Senate Appropriations

AB 940
Summary: prohibit a recovery residence, from engaging in paying a third party to refer a patient
Author: Melendez (R-Murrieta)

SB 325
Summary: Would require SUD treatment outpatient facilities to be licensed by DHCS, unless already included in Drug Medi-Cal network; supported by CA Society of Addiction Medicine.
Author: Hill (D-Silicon Valley)
Status: Assembly Business & Professions

SB 486
Summary: Alcoholism and drug abuse recovery or treatment facilities spot bill
Author: Bates (R-Laguna Niguel)

SB 589
Summary: Would prohibit an operator of a licensed RTF from making a false or misleading statement about the RTF’s services, and from unlawful giving or receiving remuneration or anything of value for referring a person to recovery or treatment services, as specified.
Author: Bates (R-Laguna Niguel)
Status: Assembly Appropriations

AB 1779
Summary: Would establish, and require the department to adopt and implement standards of the RTFs’ trade organization for counties seeking state funding to offer recovery residences.
Author: Daly (D-Anaheim)
Status: Senate Health

Opioid Prescribing

AB 888
Summary: Extends the requirement for a prescriber to discuss the risks associated with opioids to any adult patients before issuing the first prescription in a single course of treatment for a controlled substance containing an opioid.
Author: Low (D-Silicon Valley)
Status: Senate Business & Professions; double referral (Business & Professions, Health)

Involuntary Treatment

SB 590
Summary: would authorize a parent, legal guardian, or spouse of a person to file a petition in the court for purposes of involuntary treatment of the person, if that person suffers from a substance use disorder
Author: Stone (R-Murrieta)



AB 551
Summary: Details the types of drugs (including cannabis, fentanyl, methamphetamine) that a coroner must screen a deceased driver for (in addition to alcohol). The chemical results are to be reported monthly to the California Highway Patrol.
Author(s): Assembly Member William Brough (R-Dana Point)
AJ Position: Support –Understanding how drugs and alcohol impair driving is necessary for crafting ever better policy for addressing the very serious issue of impaired drivers on our roadways