Tele-mentoring Grants for CA Children’s Hospitals to Support Community Providers


session 2019-2020
priority Standard
Author Aguiar-Curry
position Support
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Would fund eight grants to not-for-profit children’s hospitals to establish mental health “teleECHO clinics”. These would virtually connect health care and mental health specialists with general practitioners, bringing best-practice health and mental health care to patients no matter where they are, and equipping practitioners with the knowledge they need to provide specialty care in their communities.

The ECHO (registered trademark) model is not traditional “telemedicine” where the specialist assumes care of the patient at a distance, but is instead tele-mentoring, a guided practice model where the participating clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient. This bill would establish eight programs administered by children’s hospitals to link to and support community providers of children’s mental health using collaborative technology platforms.

Sponsored by The California Children’s Hospitals Association

Staff Note: Bill is dead for this year; held in Appropriations Committee.