SB 803 (Beall) Peer Support Specialist Certification and Peer Support Services is on the Governor’s Desk.
SB 803 establishes a peer support specialist certification program for behavioral health services and adds peer support services as a Medi-Cal covered benefit for counties that choose to provide this important service.
On August 31, the bill passed out of the Assembly unanimously, and the Senate (for concurrence) 36 – 1. The Governor has until the end of September to sign or veto bills!!!!
50+ organizations released a letter calling for the Governor’s signature on the bill, saying the legislation is “critical” as California faces a behavioral health pandemic driven by COVID-19.
“Peers have gone through crisis, learned resiliency tools to gain their own mental well-being, and are uniquely positioned to assist others in navigating crisis, which because of COVID 19, so many of us are. Peers have been and are now, at this time of national crisis, essential helpers,” comments Sally Zinman, Executive Director, California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations.
Peers have described themselves as “first responders.”
Let the Governor know your opinion on peer certification coming to California.
See attached sample letter to the Governor. Also, attached is the group letter of over 50 organizations urging the Governor to sign SB 803, and a press release of the September 3 press conference featuring Sen. Jim Beall, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Civil Rights Trailblazer Dolores Huerta with the bill’s co sponsors that called for Governor Newsom to Sign SB 803.