As the language in the bill does not address the level and extent of the training needed for an ER doc to qualify to perform emergency psychiatric evaluations, it is my guess that the doc would have to meet the same training qualifications as a non-ER doc currently possesses. Years of study in that field with a residency, if not also an internship. Too lazy to see what the AMA specifically says and what the State Board of Medicine requires for licensing in that specialty.any emergency physician who has been trained to perform emergency psychiatric evaluations
We should not speak too loudly of this, as the bill's supporters might catch on and amend it to "fix" that little issue.
In the meantime, We should, as you note, focus on the issue of "committing" folks to outpatient treatment. As you point out, if you are a danger to yourself, others, or substantially unable to care for yourself you need to be controlled. Showing up once a week for 55 minutes is not being controlled.
I'd like to see all the bills trying to deal with involuntary outpatient treatment get shot down based on the theory that a person has (with limited exceptions such as being a danger to others) the right - thanks to the Supreme Court - to refuse treatment. If nothing else, there is a good constitutional argument that if you are not bad off enough to be locked up they cannot force you to into treatment.
I do not recall off the top of my head the SCOTUS case from the 70's that resulted in the great deinstitutionalizationof MH wards, but basically it was decided on the issue of one either being a danger to others or not. SCOTUS said in essence you cannot have your cake and eat it too - if the person is no longer a danger you have to let them go.
Bottom line - it's "feel good" legislation.