In recent interviews and media coverage, Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder expressed support for a proposal by San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nora Vargas that seeks to responsibly implement SB43.
The new law expands the rules for involuntary holds to now include those with severe substance abuse disorder, and it gives county leaders discretion over implementation.
Van Gorder noted that the county needs time to standardize procedures, coordinate with community resources and educate. Without that, the new law will severely strain already overburdened emergency rooms.
Read the Union-Tribune article: County to Delay Implementing State Law Expanding Who is Eligible for Involuntary Holds
Listen to the KPBS story: Involuntary Treatment Expansion Could Be Delayed in San Diego
Read the Union-Tribune article: Long Waits for Rooms Leaving Patients in ER Hallways For Hours. Could New State Law Worsen Problem?
Watch the NBC 7 story: San Diego Board of Supes Considers Delay on State Conservatorship Law