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March 2018 Advocacy Update - California ACEP's 29th Annual Legislative Lead
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March 2018 Advocacy Update - California ACEP's 29th Annual Legislative Lead

California ACEP's 29th Annual Legislative Leadership Conference

By Elena Lopez-Gusman and Kelsey McQuaid-Craig, MPA

Now in its 29th year, the Legislative Leadership Conference (LLC) is an important and influential event for emergency physicians and residents of all stripes to attend. Held in Sacramento, just steps from the State Capitol, over 100 emergency physicians, both seasoned veterans and those just embarking on a career in emergency medicine, will join California ACEP on April 17th for a day full of advocacy training, interesting policy discussions, and meetings with California’s policy makers on behalf of emergency physicians and patients.


The advocating that California ACEP members do each year at LLC on behalf of emergency medicine is truly impactful. This year’s LLC is more important than ever.

As you read in the President’s Message, California ACEP is embarking on a budget allocation to place a certified drug and alcohol counselor in every emergency department (ED) in the state. We’re also pursuing 2 other budget allocations: Prop 56 GME funding for emergency medicine residencies and a one-time $20 million allocation to the Maddy Fund. But that’s not the only thing we’re working on this year!

The Chapter is also sponsoring 3 mental health bills. AB 451 (Arambula) ensures that EMTALA applies to acute psychiatric hospitals by prohibiting financial screening of mental health patients in need of transfer to a higher level of care. Similarly, AB 2983 (Arambula) prohibits hospitals from requiring a patient who is voluntarily seeking mental health care to be placed on a 5150 hold as a condition of accepting transfer of that patient from an ED. Finally, AB 2099 (Gloria) clarifies that a copy of a 5150 form and the use of an electronic signature on a 5150 form are valid.

This is your chance to advocate for improved care for your most vulnerable patients. Don't miss the opportunity to shape the future of healthcare in California!

The program will start at 9:30 am and will continue through the morning with an array of speakers and advocacy trainings to develop the skills necessary to partake in the afternoon meetings with legislators and legislative staff. Attendees will break for a free lunch, provided by California ACEP, to meet with peers prior to participating in legislative meetings at the Capitol.

California ACEP will arrange legislative meetings on your behalf and will provide you with information on important legislation to prepare you. Don’t worry if you’ve never attended LLC before. There will be an experienced member with you at every meeting.

Following an afternoon of meetings at the Capitol, attendees are invited to attend a free reception, hosted by California ACEP, conveniently located near the Capitol.

This unique and fun conference is FREE and residents are encouraged to attend. We hope you will join us in our 29th year advocating on behalf of emergency medicine at the State Capitol!

Visit to register. For more information, contact Lauren Brown at (916) 325-5455 or

Kelsey McQuaid-Craig, MPA
Director of Policy and Programs
California ACEP

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