Community Paramedicine or Triage to Alternate Destination Act
2019-2020 Legislative Session
Author by Assemblymember Gipson
Summary: Would establish within the Emergency Medical Services System and the Prehospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act until January 1, 2030, the Community Paramedicine or Triage to Alternate Destination Act of 2019. The bill would authorize a local EMS agency to develop a community paramedicine or triage to alternate destination program, as defined, to provide specified community paramedicine services. The bill would require the authority to develop regulations to establish minimum standards for a program and would further require the Commission on Emergency Medical Services to review and approve those regulations.
CRPA Position: The CRPA supports community paramedicine, and if this bill were a simple formalization of community paramedicine it would be without issue. However, this bill seeks to upend the long standing structure of the EMS commission and remove valuable nonprofit, nonlabor perspectives. This bill will also create an anti-competitive contract structure at the LEMSA level and unnecessary labor oversight of LEMSA actions and governance.