Here, you will find up-to-date CAMHPRO alerts regarding information within the advocacy of the mental health movement in California. The information could be about legislative action, community based organizations or nonprofits, and statewide progress. The purpose of this page is to give you real time news and updates. Please, visit often.
SB 803 (Beall) PRESS RELEASE
Principle author Senator Jim Beall, Principal Co-author Assemblymember Marie Waldron, Co-authors Senator Wiener and Senator Wilk Assembly members Aguiar-Curry, Arambula Aguiar-Curry, Grayson, Ramos and Wicks CAMHPRO a co sponsor
Senator Jim Beall Champions Mental Health Legislation to Certify Peers
Today, long-time mental health champion Senator Jim Beall introduced legislation SB 803 to create state certification for mental health care providers known as Peer Support Specialists.
Last year, Senator Beall’s bipartisan effort, SB 10, made it to the Governor’s desk with unanimous votes, where it was vetoed. Sen. Beall is reintroducing this legislative initiative as an effort to make strategic, cost-effective reforms to California’s mental health programs.
“Statewide certification of Peer Support Specialists will ultimately save the state money while improving mental health outcomes. The Governor and I have the same goals- help people and use our resources wisely. SB 803 will improve our system in an ongoing, sustainable way.”
A peer is a person who draws on lived experience with mental illness and/or substance use disorder and recovery, bolstered by specialized training, to deliver valuable support services in a mental health and/or substance use setting. “It is time that peers are validated as an essential and professional part of the behavioral health workforce” asserts Sally Zinman, Executive Director of California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO).
The state is facing a shortage of qualified mental health professionals to ensure all Californians receive care. Peer Support Specialists are a much needed addition to the workforce.
Dr. Jonathan Sherin, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, emphasized that LA County is ready to take action. “LA County looks to expand upon and professionalize its peer support programs in a sustainable manner which will not be possible until we secure statewide certification and a reliable reimbursement mechanism. Leveraging lived experience through peer support is critical to the service transformation we need in California. The state must make the most of every resource available to address our mental health crisis; recognizing and resourcing Peer Support Specialists statewide will be a wise investment.”
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and 48 states have a certification process in place or in development for mental health peer support specialists. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released guidance in 2007 for establishing a certification program for peers to enable the use of federal Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) financial participation with a 50% match.
Studies show that peers contribute to the ability of people with mental illness and substance abuse to obtain education and employment, contributing to the California economy rather than depending on social safety nets alone.
“Research demonstrates that the utilization of qualified peer support specialists has measurable benefits to clients including reduced hospitalizations, improved functioning, and alleviation of depression and other symptoms. The time has come for California to embrace peer support as an evidence-based model and put in place a certification program that will standardize best practices” stated Maggie Merritt, Executive Director of the Steinberg Institute, a Sacramento-based non-profit mental health public policy institute.
In California, demand for peer services is growing, but there is no statewide scope of practice, training standards, supervision standards, or certification.
“California has an important opportunity to deliver quality, cost-effective, evidence-based mental health services and add diversity to our mental health workforce by certifying Peer Support Specialists,” said Michelle Doty Cabrera, executive director of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA). “While California faces a severe shortage of mental health professionals needed to serve our diverse communities, the specific services delivered by trained, supervised peers have shown to improve client outcomes and reduce costs at the same time. But California can only realize these benefits for our mental health clients in Medi-Cal if we join the 48 states that have already recognized the effectiveness of Peer Support Services through certification.”
SB 803, The Peer Support Specialist Certification Act of 2020 establishes a statewide certification program for peer support specialists and provides the structure needed to maximize the federal match for peer services under Medi-Cal.
The legislation is applauded by a broad and large coalition of supporters, and is sponsored by California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations, County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California, County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, and Steinberg Institute.
A warm line is an alternative to a crisis line that is run by “peers,”
generally those who have had their own experiences of trauma
that they are willing to speak of and acknowledge
MHA-SF The Peer-Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415) is a non-emergency resource for anyone in the Bay Area seeking emotional support. We provide assistance via phone and web chat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need Or Chat via IM
Hours: Sunday 7am – 9pm ~ Monday – Friday 7am – 11pm ~ Saturday 7am – 3pm
Project Return Peer Support Network Peer-Run Warmline
Los Angeles County Residents
Hours Monday – Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-4pm, Sunday Closed
(888) 448-9777 English and by text
(888) 448-4055 Spanish and by text
The OC Warmline- NAMI Orange County
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-3am ~ Saturday & Sunday 10am to 3am
Languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Farsi with Interpreter Services available
Consumer to Consumer – The Meeting Place Clubhouse, Inc.
for San Diego residents only
800 920-WARM (9276) and (619) 295-1055
Hours: 7 days a week 4:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M., except Holidays
Northern Valley Peer Run Talk Line
Butte County, California
A confidential non-crisis peer support network. You are not alone, we are here to listen.
Hours 7days/week 365 days/year 4:30 pm-9:30 pm
San Joaquin County BH Services Consumer Support Warm-Line
For local San Joaquin County residents only
Operating 24/7 since July of 2008
Warmline Connection (NAMI Sonoma)
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm
Please check out CAHMPROs Audio-Visual Recording Channel. You will find all the webinars and tutorials if you’ve missed them.
Governor Newsom Takes Final Action of 2019 Legislative Season
*From the website*
Joint accomplishments include urgently addressing California’s affordability crisis by passing the Nation’s strongest statewide rent protections, expanding health care coverage and passing legislation to lower prescription drug prices
Focused on effective government by fortifying state against natural disasters and economic downturns – passing historic wildfire safety legislation and creating largest rainy day fund Ensuring justice for all Californians by passing historic clean drinking water legislation and taking on powerful institutions on behalf of everyday Californians
“Together, we have accomplished a great deal this year to help California families get ahead and made historic progress on some of the state’s most intractable challenges.”
SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom took his final actions of the 2019 legislative season today and thanked the Legislature for their work and accomplishment on enacting 870 bills in the following statement:
“I want to take a moment to congratulate the Legislature on their work this year and to thank Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon for their leadership. Together, we have accomplished a great deal this year – through the budget and legislation – that helps California families get ahead and tackles some of the state’s most intractable problems.
“This year, California passed the nation’s strongest renter protection package. Our state made record housing and homeless investments paired with big new tools for housing production. We moved California closer to universal health care coverage by expanding coverage, increasing Covered California subsidies for middle-income Californians and taking on rising prescription drug prices.
“California, faced with catastrophic wildfires, invested $1 billion to prevent, mitigate and recover from wildfires, disasters and emergencies. And in July, our state enacted something that few people thought could be done – wildfire legislation that moved California closer to a safer, reliable and affordable energy future.
“Our state is doing more now than at any point in our history to help California families tackle the challenges of affordability and provide opportunity to all Californians – more than doubling tax cuts for working families, expanding paid family leave, increasing access to early childhood education, and taking on payday lenders.
“On education, California brought disparate sides in the education community together and forged a historic agreement on changes to charter school law that was years in the making. We invested more in K-14 education than at any point in our history, and put on next year’s ballot the chance to make long-overdue investments in school infrastructure and safety. California made two years of community college tuition-free, increased financial aid for parents pursuing a college degree and kept tuition from rising in our UC and CSU systems.
“We have helped defend our state from Trump’s attacks – blocking the Administration from using state lands to open up drilling on protected federal lands. We took on the long-standing challenge of clean drinking water systems, became the first ever to require SMOG tests for semi trucks and convinced four major auto-makers to stand up for higher emission standards and oppose the Trump administration.
“California is once again striking out against injustice and leading the nation by example. We passed one of the country’s strongest police use-of-force laws, and outlawed private, for-profit prisons. California became the first state in the nation to stand up to the NCAA’s long-standing profiteering from student athletes. California took first-in-the-nation steps to strengthen our gun safety laws, protect workers and defend reproductive health care rights. We continued to make progress reforming our criminal justice system – eliminating a major mandatory minimum sentence and establishing a system to seal arrest and conviction records for low-level offenses.
“We are proving that our state is successful not despite our diversity, but because of it. California isn’t just defending our vibrant immigrant communities. We are affording all Californians – regardless of immigration status – the chance to serve their communities and give back.
“In California, we are putting in place new reforms of agencies that don’t serve the public as well as they should – pushing the DMV to join the 21st century, giving new authority to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to enforce wildfire safety standards, and recasting the priorities of our state’s agency that regulates oil and gas extraction.
“California did all of this while living within our means: creating the largest rainy day fund in California history, paying down pension liabilities and eliminating our state’s wall of debt.
“In my inaugural, I spoke of the California Dream as a house – one that must be built on a strong fiscal foundation. For that reason, I am returning a number of bills to the Legislature without my signature that would significantly increase costs outside of the state’s regular budget process.
“We have clearly achieved a great deal together, and I commend the Legislature for their hard work. I look forward to our continued partnership as we head into the new year and continue to tackle challenges of affordability and work to expand opportunity to all Californians.”
In his final action of the 2019 legislative season, the Governor today vetoed a number of bills that would significantly increase costs outside of the state’s regular budget process. In total, Governor Newsom vetoed bills this year costing $1.2 billion, increasing to $3 billion annually at full implementation. He also took action on a number of other bills.
CAMHPRO Postcard Campaign: Ask Governor Newsom to Sign SB10 Now!
CAMHPRO is organizing a Support SB 10 postcard campaign
If you want postcards to send to the Governor, contact Sally Zinman email@example.com or 510 581 6165
Dear friends and supporters,
I am thrilled to let you know that SB 10, which will create state certification for peers, is on its way to the Governor.
Your unwavering support and enthusiasm has gotten us this far, and we need a final push to make sure the bill gets signed. We are hopeful that this new administration will keep its promise to take action on mental health. Let’s make sure they know how important this is to so many people.
The Governor’s office needs to hear from us- as soon as possible. Attached is a template letter that you can personalize. Please deliver to the Governor, or email to Sunshine and Tania, cc-d.
Please share this with anyone that might like to join in. Thank you for all you have done and are still doing to make peer certification a reality in California.
Senator Jim Beall
From: Holmes, Carrie <Carrie.Holmes@sen.ca.gov>
Date: Sat, Sep 7, 2019 at 3:46 PM
Subject: Action alert! Ask Governor Newsom to sign SB 10 (Beall)
To: Dikho, Tania <Tania.Dikho@sen.ca.gov>, Borelli, Sunshine <Sunshine.Borelli@sen.ca.gov>
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Steinberg Facebook Post
SB 10 (Beall), which would establish a statewide peer support specialist certification program, received bipartisan support with a 79-0 vote and passed off the Assembly Floor today. The Steinberg Institute is a proud co-sponsor along with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Thank you to Asm Waldron and Senator Beall for your leadership on this important issue
Part Time Contract Position
Time Frame: One year, which could be extended
Expected Start Date: September 1, 2019
The Fund Developer is responsible for seeking and securing funds for CAMHPRO, working with a team of individuals to develop and coordinate donor solicitations, product sales, write grant applications and other requests for funding, and explore other sources of funding.
The California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) is a nonprofit statewide organization consisting of local consumer-run organizations/programs reaching thousands of mental health consumers who participate in these programs and individual consumers. CAMHPRO’s mission is to transform communities and the behavioral health care system throughout California to empower, support, and ensure the rights of consumers, eliminate stigma, and advance self-determination for all those affected by mental health issues.
- Assists in helping CAMHPRO in the development of fundraising goals and works to meet these goals.
- Identifies and solicits new donors; and, in general, donations in the form of money or gifts,
- Makes initial prospecting calls to pre-approved foundations to gain knowledge and initiate relationships
- Assists in writing grant proposals and responding to other opportunities for funding
- Takes responsibility for product sales, including identifying the products and the market for the products.
- Participates in gathering information or statistics for grant proposals and letters when needed
- Proofreads proposals and grant applications
- Supports calendar for deadline reminders with regard to impact reports, grant applications, other fund development-related requests and requirements
Required Knowledge, Skills and Ability:
- Prefer person with lived experience with a mental health challenge
- Understand and share consumer values of recovery and self-determination promoted by CAMHPRO
- Shows familiarity with all aspects of the behavioral health environment, particularly in finance and marketing.
- Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision-making skills for the purpose of earning money for the organization
- Superior writing skills and familiarity with foundations, government and other potential resources for funding.
- Possesses interpersonal skills that allow him or her to interact with potential donors and the general public.
- Demonstrates creativity in coming up with funding opportunities and executing events successfully.
- Possesses the ability to work well with limited or direct supervision.
Education and Experience:
A High School Diploma with seven years’ experience as a grant writer. Associates Degree in with 5 years of experience; Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of experience necessary.
The anticipated compensation is $25,000 annually.
Application due August 19, 2019.
Email resume and description of why you would be an excellent candidate firstname.lastname@example.org
REGISTER NOW for GROW & SUSTAIN PEER RUN ORGANIZATIONS Webinar Series designed to increase, grow and sustain Peer Run Programs & Organizations throughout California, subject matter experts will present 4 times a year.
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SB 10 Peer Certification PASSED
the Assembly Health Committee 15-0 Vote
July 2, 2019
Message from Senator Beall’s Office
Thank you so much for your patience- we have a new Assembly Health committee date for SB 10- Tuesday July 2 at 1:30 pm in room 4202. We will be up first. Please come and show your support- this will be our last policy committee hearing and we want it to be big!
Thank you to all who have sent letters- if you haven’t yet, please take a moment to personalize the attached template, or update your current letter and upload through the Advocate Portal before Tuesday, June 25
Senator Beall’s office has sent the following message:
“SB 10 (Beall) will be heard in Assembly Health Committee Tuesday, June 11 1:30 p.m. — State Capitol, Room 4202. Please come and express your support for peers. As you know, though this policy has broad bipartisan support, it has been vetoed twice in the past so it’s important to send a loud a clear message that we need SB 10 signed into law!
The Assembly committees will only accept support letters through the Advocacy portal. Please take a moment to personalize the attached template, or update your current letter and please make sure support letters are uploaded through the Advocate Portal
by Tuesday, June 4
#1 Qualification: To be a person with personal lived experience of behavioral health (mental health &/or substance use/abuse) challenges in recovery
- The positions are very part-time, at 5 hours per week, and are independent contractor positions, paying $20/hour.
- Cover letter and resumes accepted by Executive Director, Sally Zinman, at email@example.com until May 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
- Positions will begin no later than the end of June, 2019.
If you are interested in applying, please review the Job Descriptions and Qualification by clicking on the Job Title below
Outreach Administrative Apprentice
The Outreach Administrative Apprentice is primarily responsible for assisting with outreach to engage diverse groups and individuals in Peer Action League activities, and general administrative support.
Cultural Diversity Coordinator
The Cultural Diversity Coordinator is primarily responsible for managing activities of CAMHPRO’s Peer Action League (PAL) Cultural Racial Ethnic Equity Committee and administrative support to PALThe Public Policy Coordinator is primarily responsible for managing activities of CAMHPRO’s Peer Action League (PAL) Public Policy Committee and administrative support to PAL.
Do you want to be part of something bigger than yourself?
Become a member of Peer Action League (PAL)
1) Join our Intro to PAL webinar
2) Apply online or by PDF
Register for one of the INTRO TO PAL Webinars:
Two Webinar Dates
Tuesday May 14
12 noon – 1 p.m.
Thursday June 6
12 noon – 1 p.m.
To become a PALM you must agree to abide by
CHAMPRO’s Public Policy Principles
TO APPLY using SurveyMonkey or by downloading the PDF
PALM APPLICATION FOR INDIVIDUAL PEERS
PALM APPLICATION FOR PEER RUN PROGRAM/AGENCY
Peer Action League Activities
- Webinars to Optimize Peer Run Agency/Program Infrastructure & Sustainability-Quarterly.
- Regional Policy Forums:
- 4 per year
- culminating with a statewide Conference in Year 3.
- Advocacy webinar series for effective peer stakeholder voices.
- Continued monthly peer webinars
- Peer Best Practices
- Peer Support 4 Peer Specialists (PS4PS)
- Empower peers throughout the State to serve on key State-level policy bodies.
- 3 PAL Action Committees meet online
- Peer Workforce
- Cultural Racial & Ethnic Equity
- Public Policy
- PAL Members (PALMs) quarterly meetings online to share progress and outcomes from Action Committees, and to plan collective next steps.
Please pass this on to colleagues, friends and people you serve!
Hello Marin County Attendees or Registrants of “CAMHPRO’s Delivering theABC’s of Advocacy”,
- What is advocacy, who are stakeholders and why advocate.
- Consumer roots of the law, the Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) and regulations for Stakeholder involvement in planning mental health services.
- A bird’s eye view of who the County decision-makers are and how you can participate.
- Access to basic terms and acronyms used in Behavioral Health and where you can go to find county contacts.
- Types of County meetings and various stakeholder participation or roles
- Meeting mechanics, culture and etiquette
- MHSA stakeholder community planning best principles & practices applied to different stakeholder roles.
- What to look for in county budgets and plans.
- More resources to become a meaningful stakeholder
- More on applying the MHSA community planning best principles & practices
- How you compose and give public comment.
- How you get on decision-making boards/councils.
- Next steps to being a meaningful stakeholder.
Funded by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Peer Support 4 Peer Supporters
This Thurs. 4/11
- Denise Walker, Senior Peer Support Specialist
- Riverside University Health System See Bio
- Choose project Vision from January participant feedback
- Review CA Stakeholder, SAMHSA, other Peer Values
- Choose/Adopt Peer Values
You only need to register once for this monthly webinar with your correct email. If you have already registered you will receive a reminder email each month with your unique link to join.
SB 10 will be heard at the Appropriations Committee
Monday April 8, 2019.
ANTHONY PORTANTINO, Chair
10 a.m. – John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203) at Capitol
Dear Senator Portantino,
The Steinberg Institute is a leading nonprofit public policy institute that supports and encourages effective and comprehensive mental health policymaking. We are the proud sponsors of SB 10 (Beall) that would call upon the state to standardize high-quality peer and family support services. READ ENTIRE LETTER
Eric Bailey now works for Sacramento’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, using his lived experience with bipolar disorder to help connect people suffering from mental health issues to the care they need.
California lawmakers are considering a bill that could help build a workforce of people living with mental illness to help guide others in need of services toward care.
When Eric Bailey landed in a San Diego hospital after a mental health crisis in 2013, he says he was at the end of his rope.
“At the moment of being ready to discharge, I had zero idea what I was doing,” he said. “I had no vehicle there at the time, my wife was leaving me, I’d lost my job, I was losing my apartment as well.”
Bailey didn’t know where to go. Then a stranger approached him and told him he’d been in that same psychiatric ward, and that he could help. READ FULL ARTICLE
The first Hearing date for SB 10, Peer, Parent, Transition-Age, and Family Support Specialist Certification Program, has been set.
Wednesday March 27
Senate Health Committee Room 4203
Open House: Sally’s Place
Sally Zinman’s Place is the first peer-run adult respite in Alameda County. It’s been a long time in the making, and we would love for you to join in the celebration. See you there!
JANUARY 9, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
1525 B. STREET, HAYWARD
Aaron Ortiz, of La Familia Counseling Services in the Bay Area, praised Zinman for her tireless work on behalf of consumers. “I want to say thank you to Sally for really empowering the consumer and I’d like to announce that La Familia will be opening a peer respite facility in January and we’re going to name it after Sally for all of her work and it’s going to be called Sally’s Place.” READ FULL ARTICLE
FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT
VISIT THESE LINKS:
Senator Beall has reintroduces SB 10, mental health services: peer, parent, transition age, and family support specialist certification
See News Release from Senator Beall’s office:
SACRAMENTO — On the opening day of a new legislative session, lawmakers from the Senate and Assembly gathered to call for action to stem California’s mental health crisis.
“It’s no secret that access to integrated mental health services and provider shortages plague our state, resulting in deteriorated mental health outcomes for all Californians,’’ said Beall, chairman of both the Senate Mental Health Caucus and the Select Committee on Mental Health. “The lack of integrated, accessible mental health services is one of the greatest humanitarian challenges we face and we must invest in mental health infrastructure to save many, many lives.
“Early access to treatment is key. Three-quarters of all mental health issues have their onset by the age of 24. Yet adolescents and young adults are the group least likely to receive mental health care. State Auditor Elaine Howle identified that counties have millions of dollars in unspent mental health funds and the state is projecting now a massive budget surplus. With resources available and the need for comprehensive mental health so great, the time for legislation and legislators to act is now.’’
“Joining Beall were John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), and Assemblymembers Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) and representatives from the Steinberg Institute, Mental Health America of California and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
This morning, Beall introduced three bills to increase and ensure mental health services and treatment:
SB 10 increases the effectiveness of mental health and addiction supportive services by establishing a state certification process for peer providers — people with lived experiences as family members, clients, or caretakers of individuals recovering from addiction or mental illness – who guide and help their clients.
SB 11 strengthens enforcement of state and federal mental health parity laws by requiring health care service plans and health insurers to submit annual reports to the state to determine if they are complying with parity laws. The information would be available to the public on the website of either the Department Of Managed Health Care or the Department of Insurance.
SB 12 declares the intent of the Legislature to amend the existing Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) to authorize the state and local governments to establish at least 100 drop-in centers to meet youths’ needs. They would be modeled after the headspace project, an Australian national network comprised of “one-shop stop’’ centers for youth to ensure they have the coping skills and a support system in place for a successful transition to adulthood. In California, 17 percent of high school students reported they have seriously considered attempting suicide; 9 percent reported they have attempted suicide one or more times.
The need for mental health treatment, therapy, and counseling is high in California. Only three out of four Californians who have mental health needs receive treatment.
The legislators made clear that California must eliminate gaps in the delivery of mental health services.
Sen. Moorlach called for connecting mental health services to young people. “I think with the Mental Health Services Act and all the funding that’s available, redirecting, giving more focus, and getting things moving is so critical. We can’t have $2.5 billion sitting in bank accounts languishing when we have so many families in need,’’ he said.
Arambula said, “Our foster kids who are exposed to more trauma than most should not have to deal with the crisis of the moment by being penalized and being sent to a judicial system that is not ready to process them. Instead, we should be meeting them where they are at by providing wrap-around services, a social worker and a crisis line.’’
Chu said he supports having at least one mental health professional on school campuses. “I believe the most central location to provide wrap-around services is at the school,’’ he said.
From Sally Zinman, Executive Director, CAMHPRO
Governor Brown has Vetoed SB 906. The consumer and larger mental health stakeholder community will pursue California state certification and, by all accounts, will have a better chance with a new Governor.
Persistence is the key to success, and essential to advocacy. Persistence and hope. We will have peer certification in California!
See the Governor’s veto message (below), which in my opinion, is not knowledgeable of the purpose or content of the bill.
Update SB 906 information. ON Governor’s desk. Officially received on September 12. He has a certain amount of days after he officially receives the bill to veto or approve the it. Only have about 10 days to influence the decision of the Governor. Write letters!
Contact Donna Campbell
Health Aide to the Governor firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax support for the bill to: 916-558-3177
SB906 Support Letter Sample Template 2.15.18 : This is a sample letter you can recreate and use for your own purposes. Send letters! Email Donna!
CAMHPRO would like to announce again that there will be regular BLOGGING. We will post weekly blogs associated with California’s mental health movement. We will be posting information about Senate Bill 906: Peer Support Certification, webinars, suicide prevention, trainings, and much much more! Please visit the Blog page often, and sign up to receive emails by clicking on the “follow” button to the right of the screen. We appreciate your support. Please share the blogs on your social media accounts and don’t forget to follow us of Facebook and Twitter, too. Thanks everyone! ~Jo Bruno: CAMHPRO Social Media Consultant.
CA Assembly Committee on Health
SB 906 Hearing Tuesday, June 19, 2018,
1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 4202
*Note: you must create account to upload your letter now at: https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/
5/28/18 Senate Floor Analysis of SB 906
with all Agencies that submitted Support Letters
17 Stakeholder Recommendations of 2014
Introducing the CAMHPRO BLOG
Please visit our new blog posts. When you visit our CAMHPRO page, please click the follow button on the top right hand side and get notifications straight to your email when CAMHPRO posts a new blog. These blogs will post regularly, regarding information pertaining to SB 906, Peer Certification, training programs, webinars, and so much more!
- Peer Certification SB 906, First Hearing March 14: Send Support Letters Now!
- Extended ACAPS Application Deadline March 12
- Alameda County Accelerated Peer Specialist Program (ACAPS)
Peer Certification SB 906, First Hearing March 14: Send Support Letters Now!
Use these documents to make your voice heard
Alameda County Accelerated
Peer Specialist (ACAPS) Program
Get five weeks of accelerated peer specialist training
Receive on-going employment mentorship and peer support
Find employment or volunteer positions at different mental health programs in Alameda County run by … La Familia, Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients, the Pool of Consumer Champions, and Bay Area Community
PEER CERTIFICATION IS BACK
SB 906: Peer Certification introduced by Senator Beall and Senator Anderson.
CAMHPRO and California stakeholders look forward to working with both Senators, co authors Hertzberg and Pan, and the bill’s sponsor, the Steinberg Institute, to bring long awaited peer certification to California.
Sen. Beall Proposes State Certification of Peer Providers
January 17, 2018
SACRAMENTO – A proposal allowing qualified peer providers – people who have lived experience as clients, family members, or caretakers of individuals recovering from mental illness or addiction – to be certified by the state to deliver services to patients with such disorders was introduced today by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose.
“Because of their life experience, peer providers who have personally dealt with mental disorders possess a level of expertise that professional training cannot replicate,’’ Beall said. “This legislation allows the Department of Health Care Services to establish a new category of trained and qualified providers who can connect people in need to services.
“Peer providers can be especially effective because they personally understand the fears that people grappling with alcoholism or mental illness are going through. They’ve been there.’’
Research studies show peer support can reduce hospitalizations, improve client functioning and client satisfaction, and alleviate depression and other symptoms. One study found the effect of peer providers to be transformative, helping mental health clients “move beyond the patient role into one of empowerment.’’
Senate Bill 906 requires the Department of Health Care Services to establish a certification program that includes guidelines, a code of ethics, defining the range of a peer provider’s responsibilities, the required training, continuing education, clinical supervision, and a process to revoke certification.
Secondly, the bill authorizes the department to amend the state’s Medicaid program by adding the peer support providers as a reimbursable category. It also directs the department to seek any federal waivers to offset costs. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have established guidelines for certification for states to set up programs and have offered a 50 percent match in federal funding.
Approximately 40 states have instituted peer provider support programs and services.
Jessica Cruz, NAMI California Executive Director, said peer providers can augment available treatment to increase healthy outcomes.
“Peer certification is essential to the behavioral health care continuum,’’ Cruz said. “Peer providers can enhance the level of treatment provided by medical professionals, and in most cases the rate of reduced hospitalization is reduced ten-fold.
“Because families and individuals are experts out of their own experience, they are able to leverage their knowledge and expertise to help others through their journey. NAMI California stands in strong support of California becoming the 41st state accepting peers as certified professionals. We need to catch up with the rest of the country.’’
Beall’s proposal arrives at a time when the state anticipates that there will be substantial demand for peer support specialists, although there are no statewide standards, training or supervision processes in place.
SB 906 has drawn bipartisan support. Senator Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, is a joint author. Senators Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys and Dr. Richard Pan D-Sacramento, are co-authors.
“We look forward to working on this important issue with these legislative champions,’’ said Maggie Merritt, Executive Director of the Steinberg Institute, which is sponsoring the bill. “Peer certification has been shown to be hugely beneficial in mental health care. It’s time peers are certified and are recognized for the role they play in the course of someone’s healing.”
CAMHPRO, SOLANO COUNTY, & CIRCLE OF FRIENDS PRESENTS REGIONAL FORUM ON PEER SUPPORT SERVICES FEBRUARY 15, 2018
REGISTRATATION: CLICK HERE
Thursday, February 15, 2018
9:00 – 10:00 am Sign In & Networking
10:00 am -4:00 pm Forum Program**
Solano County Event Center, 1st Floor
601 Texas St.
Fairfield, CA 94533
The Value of Peer Support
Peer Specialist Services & Certification Efforts
Cultural Perspectives on Peer Support
Empowerment & Peer Support
The Regional Constituency Panel includes
a Parent Partner Leader,
a Youth Peer Specialist Leaders,
a Adult/Older Adult Peer Specialist Leader and
a Family of Adult Leader
Peer Support Services in the Superior Region
How to Build Peer Support at the Local Level
Collaborative Action Planning Breakout Groups
Who: Behavioral Health Administration and stakeholders: peer specialist leaders, transition aged youth clients, older adult clients and clients of multicultural diversity from Solano and Neighboring Counties; Family member leaders of individuals with behavioral health challenges.
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Introducing a new program: The Alameda County Accelerated Peer Specialist program (ACAPS)
The California Association of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) has been awarded a contract from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) for a new program, the Alameda County Accelerated Peer Specialist program (ACAPS). The purpose of ACAPS is to provide training, placement, and support for peers in Alameda County’s public mental health system.
CAMHPRO is excited to collaborate with so many Alameda County community based agencies as well as Alameda County Behavioral Health Services (ACBHS) in this venture. As the lead agency, CAMHPRO will partner with the Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC), Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS); La Familia; Best NOW!/Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients; the Berkeley Drop-In Center and Reaching Across, Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients; Peers Envisioning and Engaging Recovery Services (PEERS); and Bay Area Community Services (BACS).
The goal of ACAPS is engagement, training and placement in Alameda County’s public mental health system of skilled peer specialists who bring a wide array of lived experience to their work. Over the course of eighteen months the innovative ACAPS program will a) provide accelerated training that focuses on peer specialist skills, case management, motivational health coaching for self-care, and peer support for emotional distress/psychiatric crisis and suicide prevention, b) deliver placement and career support services for participants to ensure retention, career development and effective long-term integration of ACAPS peers within the public mental health system, and (c) ensure that all key activities of ACAPS are based on consumer-driven values and a recovery focus.
ACAPS will offer a three-part training program that includes 1) 60-hour Introductory Peer Specialist Intensive to be provided by Best NOW! 2) Three-day Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) training provided by PEERS, and 3) Growing Through (aka Peer Crisis Support), a 40-hour advanced skills training in peer support for people experiencing crisis, distress and suicidality provided by Dignity Recovery Action! Intl. These trainings will be offered to three (3) different cohorts.
Following the training program, ACAPS will place 40 people with lived experience in programs throughout Alameda County. These are: 15 peers at La Familia’s peer respite, Alameda County’s first peer respite that is scheduled to open soon; two (2) peers at drop in centers in southern and northern Alameda County run by Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients; 20 peers at the Pool of Consumer Champions (POOC), a consumer run program of ACBHCS; six (6) peers placed in different programs of Bay Area Community Services (BACS), one being a residential crisis facility.
Peer support services are a best practice. Research has shown that peer support services reduce hospitalizations and hospital days, improve client functioning, increase client satisfaction, reduce family concerns, alleviate depression and other symptoms, and enhance client self-advocacy. [i] ACAPS vision is to substantially increase the number of peer providers working in Alameda County’s public mental health system, and create the impetus for ACBHCS to continue hiring and retaining peers in the workforce.
CAMHPRO’s Board of Directors take positions concerning legislation and public policy based on the following principles.
CAMHPRO endorses a Recovery perspective affirming that health and social engagement are achievable for all people through social inclusion and appropriate services, accommodations and supports as determined, and directed by, such persons.*
Public policy recommendations also are based on whether they recognize and advance:
The value of mental health, peer-run organizations and programs, both as an integral part of — and an alternative to — existing mental health systems and the services they provide;
Understanding of and support for the unique role of peer support in achieving recovery, and support for professional recognition of peer supporters on a state level;
Support for the availability of voluntary, community-based, prejudice-free mental health services, offering holistic social and rehabilitative services delivered with cultural humility and sensitivity to the diverse communities served, while addressing the expressed needs and goals of a mental health client/psychiatric survivor, including access to affordable housing, meaningful employment, nutrition, primary health care, and education;
Support for the voluntary choices, civil and legal rights, self-determination and dignity of people living with mental health conditions and psychiatric survivors, including such persons’ decisions as to all services, medications and supports;
Support for meaningful and consequential involvement in all decision-making about behavioral health systems, policies and services by the people directly affected by them, as well as other community stakeholders, on every level of policy making, program planning and implementation, and program/systems evaluation.
Support for the elimination of coercive practices, such as forced drugging, inpatient/outpatient commitment, and use of seclusion and restraints, as well as other actions which abridge rights or curtail liberties;
Opposition to prejudice and discrimination targeting people with mental health conditions and to ideas and practices that devalue human dignity and cognitive diversity.
*CAMHPRO aspires to represent and serve a community that is richly diverse in background, perspective and experience. Members of this community may self identify as “peers;” “consumers (of services);” “clients (of mental health systems);” “persons with a psychiatric disability;” “persons in recovery;” “psychiatric survivors;” “cognitively divergent” persons with lived experience;” or in other ways. CAMHPRO works to be an inclusive and useful organization for all of these constituents and others who share its goals and values.
ABC’s of Advocacy
The “ABC’s of Advocacy” is a series of three webinars on the basics and details of how you can participate in the California community program planning process in a meaningful and effective manner. These three webinars are interactive through polling, questions and answers, and prompt you to take the next steps. These webinars also serve as pre-requisite training for CAMHPRO’s local onsite practical workshop, “Delivering the ABC’s of Advocacy” to be held later this year.
Web A: Advocacy Basics in Public Behavioral Health
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
Web B: Best Community Planning Practices
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
Web C: Community Planning; How to Work It
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon
San Joaquin Regional Forum on Peer Support Services
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
APSARA (Park Village Apartments) Community Center
3830 N. Alvarado Avenue
Stockton, CA 95204
California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) in partnership with Consumers Self Help Center – is hosting a FREE Forum, in Sacramento, for the Central Region
Keynote Speaker Sally Zinman
Share Your Concerns: Speak Out
Meet other Consumers in Your Community and around the Central Valley and Northern California
Afternoon at the Capital or Peer Panel Presentation
Fewer covered, weaker protections, higher costs: ACA repeal plan
by Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
Exec. Dir., NACBHDD and NARMH
Email: Ron Manderscheid
The six sorry words in the title above sum up the House bill released by Republicans last evening in their effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. A quick review suggests under this bill our insured population would fall precipitously; health insurance benefits would deteriorate dangerously; and costs would escalate dramatically. The only good feature of this bill would be that the House Republicans would “own” these untoward consequences and then reap the negative effects in the 2018 and 2020 elections. …READ MORE HERE…
REGISTRATION STARTS AT 9:00AM
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (PST)
Mission Valley Resort
875 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108
California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations in partnership with RI International – San Diego is hosting a forum.
See You Soon!
SAVE THE DATE!
California Department of Housing and Community Development
email@example.com | hcd.ca.gov | NPLH@hcd.ca.gov (916) 263-7400
2020 W. El Camino Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95833
No Place Like Home Program (AB 1618)
Design Workshops & Public Comment Period
Proposed Program Framework
PUBLIC COMMENT DRAFT
The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is hosting the following regional workshops to present the initial NPLH program design. As a part of the program design process, HCD has developed a draft framing paper, which outlines the proposed program infrastructure. The public comment period for the draft framing paper begins on December 21st and ends on January 31st.
Here’s a list of upcoming workshops and a webinar.
Please email Heidi or comment on the news thread to let us know if you’re attending. Thanks!
SACRAMENTO – January 3, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
State Department of Housing and Community Development
2020 W. El Camino Ave. Rm 402
Sacramento, CA 95833
Register to attend
SAN FRANCISCO – January 6, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Association of Bay Area Governments
375 Beale Street
Yerba Buena Room
San Francisco, CA 94105
Register to attend
REDDING – January 11, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Redding City Hall
777 Cypress Avenue
Council Chambers Room
Redding, CA 96001
Register to attend
LOS ANGELES – January 13, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ronald Reagan Building (Auditorium)
300 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Register to attend
FRESNO – January 24, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Central Valley Community Foundation
5260 N. Palm Ave. Suite 122
The Center for Community Room
Fresno, CA 93704
Register to attend
WEBINAR, January 26, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
NYAPRS Summary of Key Mental Health Provisions
within the ‘21st Century Cures Act’
The 21st Century CURES Act passed both the House and Senate and is going to the President for signature. President Obama has publicized that he will sign the bill. This is a huge bill that covers cancer research, the opiate epidemic and more. Within the bill is a lengthy section entitled,” Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act of 2016.”
Although this mental health legislation is not the same repressive legislation that was introduced 4 years ago and actively opposed by mental health advocacy organizations, including consumer advocacy organizations, there are still measures in it that threaten to turn the clock back on the recovery oriented direction of the behavioral health system of the last 20 plus years.
Following is an excellent analysis of the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act of 2016” by NYAPRS, the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services.
CAMHPRO MOVES OFFICE LOCATION
It’s with excitement and joy that we are announcing a new office location.
That’s right! CAMHPRO is moving.
The CAMHPRO office has been in San Francisco, sharing space with one of our member organizations Mental Health America – San Francisco (MHA-SF) and it has recently been determined that our move is to Oakland. We are sad to leave San Francisco and the relationship developed with MHA-SF, but we’re equally encouraged by the change.
CAMHPRO will now be nestled at The Cove, located at 2000 Embarcadero Cove, Suite 400 Box 80, 94606 We would like to thank Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC), a CAMHPRO member organization, for making this possible. This change will be effective Wednesday, November 30, 2016. In our venture to create this new office, we hope to keep a strong network with our communities who are involved in California’s mental health movement.
Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions. Even though we are moving our office location, we’re always available via email. Our website and contact information will be updated shortly. It brings us pleasure to serve you as your liaison to others who are advocating for awareness and change. Keep doing what you’re doing, and we will all make the changes that are needed.
Thanks for your time
Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force Announces New Actions and Recommendations
Today, the White House announced that the federal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force released its final report. In the final report [PDF – 947 KB], the Task Force included a series of actions and recommendations to help ensure better implementation of parity; help consumers, providers, and plans understand how parity works; and ensure appropriate oversight and enforcement of parity protections. These steps are based on input the Task Force received through a series of listening sessions held between March and October, and through the more than 1,100 public comments the Task Force received from individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, families, their providers, advocates, and other stakeholders.
As part of this Task Force, SAMHSA and the Department of Labor have released a Consumer Guide to Disclosure Rights: Making the Most of Your Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits to help consumers, their representatives, and providers understand what type of information to ask for when inquiring about a plan’s compliance with parity and to explain the various federal disclosure laws that also require disclosure of information related to parity.
Khatera Aslami-Tamplen leaves CAMHPRO’s Board
As one of the founding members of CAMHPRO, Khatera Aslami-Tamplen, was instrumental in participating in the calls, meetings and planning that led its establishment. Khatera was among the first Board Members of CAMHPRO, representing Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (P.E.E.R.S), a member organization, for which she then served as Executive Director. She later served as an At-Large Member of the Board when she left her employment at P.E.E.R.S. Khatera has served as Vice President for the last 2 years, and on the Executive Committee since she became a Board Member.
In Khatera’s tenure on the Board, she has combined a deep understanding of CAMHPRO’s principles and values with a wealth of personal wisdom, practical judgement and leadership experience in management, financial acumen, non-profit philanthropy, state and county level mental health advocacy and public policy. She has served CAMHPRO as a persuasive spokeswoman. Our Executive Director is thankful for the many hours Khatera shared her advice and counsel on a myriad of topics.
It is with admiration and gratitude we thank Khatera Aslami-Tamplen for sharing her passion, intellect and experience with us, and wish her well in her future endeavors.
Our Board Members donate their valuable time to advocate for the important role that CAMHPRO plays in creating strong leadership for the California statewide consumer movement. They provide fiscal oversight and set the direction needed to provide innovative and high-quality programs. Khatera has excelled in fulfilling these duties.
Alternatives Conference 2017
Friday August 18 – Monday August 21
This notice is from the Technical Assistance Center of the National Empowerment Center
Tel: 1-800-POWER2U, 1-978-685-1494 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.power2u.org
Funded in part by: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Mental Health Services www.samhsa.gov
Where’d the Bills Go?
Wrapping Up CA 2016 Legislation Important to Mental Health Consumers and Looking to 2017
Wed, Oct 12
California State Advocacy: Review of the life cycle of a bill. Description of California 2016 legislative outcomes–bills just signed into law and important ones that didn’t make it. Issues important to people with mental health challenges and the community at large for potentially new legislation in the 2017 session. Covered bills include:
- Extend AOT (Involuntary Outpatient Treatment) beyond 2017 Sunset Date &-Encouraging Counties to Collaborate on AOT
- Allow Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Funding for 5150 Psychiatric Involuntary 3-day Holds
- Funding for Mental Health Awareness License Plates for Stigma Education
- Require a Psychiatric Bed Registry
- Require MHSA County-by-County Spending Reports
- Require State Certification for Peer, Parent, Transition Age, Family Support Specialists
… and more …
Regional Forum for Los Angeles Region only: Policy Forum on Peer Support/Family Specialist Services & State Certification
October 18, 2016, 10 AM –3 PM REGISTER HERE
Alpert Jewish Community Center
3801 E. Willow Street
Long Beach, CA
Audience: County Behavioral Health Administration, Service Area Advisory staff and members, and Peer Leaders (consumer, consumer youth, family member of an adult and parent of a child/youth) from each Service Area in the Los Angeles Region
Speak Up ! Take Action ! Create Change !
We invite you to attend a Meet n’ Greet Wednesday September 21, 2016 at the #AltCon Alternatives Conference. This event is from 5:30 pm -7:30 pm at the Town and Country Convention Center
Upcoming #AltCon Alternative Conference 2016 in San Diego. Our very own Sally Zinman will be a panelist and keynote speaker Monday Night 9.19 for the History Panel and Wednesday Morning 9.21 for the Plenary
Check out the Alternative Conference Website for more information
Join us at the 2016 Alternative Conference in San Diego. Sept. 19-23. Our very own Sally Zinman will be a keynote speaker for two of those days.
CAMHPRO is tabling at the Conference, too. If you can make the conference, please stop by, say hello, and see what we have for legislative updates and more information about training and education on advocacy.
The certified peer specialist workforce is relatively new in the behavioral health field, with state recognized certification programs first emerging in 2001. Within this short timeframe, states have recognized the potential of peer specialists to improve individual outcomes by promoting recovery. A nearly universal definition of a peer specialist is: an individual with lived experience who has initiated his/her own recovery journey and assists others who are in earlier stages of the recovery process. As of July 2016, 41 states and the District of Columbia have established programs to train and certify peer specialists and 2 states are in the process of developing and/or implementing a program.
~~Don’t Be Confused~~
SB 614 is now being used for a different bill.
Senate Bill 614 was “gutted and amended” into a totally different bill. Senate Bill 614 is no longer the Peer Certification bill. The bill is now titled, “Criminal Procedure: Legal Assistance: ability to pay.”
SB 614 Memo to DHCS_81716_Final: This document will provide the detailed report on the “collective decision not to move Senate Bill 614 (Leno) forward this year.”
Senate Bill 614, Peer Certification
Not moving forward at this time
This decision was made by the author, Senator Leno, and the sponsors of the bill, the County Behavioral Health Directors Association (CHBDA) of California, in collaboration with major stakeholder groups. An agreement could not be reached with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the agency that would have been charged with implementation of the bill.
CAMHPRO specifically had issue with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) not agreeing to the bill as amended in August, 2015, and based on the recommendations as a result of a six-year stakeholder process. CAMHPRO will continue collaboration with the other stakeholder groups (CHBDA, CA State Association of Rehabilitation Agencies (CASRA), United Advocates for Children and Family (UACF), CA Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN), Pacific Clinics, CA Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives (CAADPE), National Alliance on Mental Illness of CA (NAMI CA), CA Mental Health Planning Council) to propose and pass a bill that maintains the definitions and integrity of genuine peer support services for a State peer support specialist certification process.
Work on peer certification will continue in the fall of 2016 for the new legislative session.
Through her work, outreach efforts and the sharing of her personal story of resilience, wellness and recovery, Sally Zinman, The Executive Director of CAMHPRO, has been awarded the 2016 Voice Award in the Consumer/Peers Category. She tirelessly models and demonstrates how people with mental health challenges can and do recover, lead meaningful lives, and contribute to their communities.
Sally Zinman, is a groundbreaking leader in the consumer movement. She relentlessly leads policy efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination, ensure the rights of consumers and advance self-determination.
If interested in participation (Register before Friday August, 5 2016) :
- Register to attend the event in-person on Eventbrite(link is external)
- Register to watch the live event webcast online
WHEN: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
WHERE: UCLA’s Royce Hall
ARRIVALS AND PRE-SHOW: 6 p.m., West Lobby and Ahmanson Terrace
AWARDS PROGRAM: 7:30 p.m., Royce Hall Theater
Use #VoiceAwards to join the behavioral health conversation
The following statement is Sally Zinman’s Voice Award speech
Thank you for this wonderful award. I want to thank my family who are here. I also want to thank my other family of mental health consumer advocates and leaders who have worked tirelessly to change the mental health system for others, for themselves, and, ultimately, for the system itself. We – all of us- have been soldiers in a march toward transformation from a system based on chronicity to one of recovery, from a system that decided everything about us without us to one in which nothing is about us without us, from a system that considered people with lived experience as not able to run their own lives to one that values consumer run programs and peer support , from a system based on force to one based on choice and self determination, and from a world that dehumanized and isolated people with lived experience to one that embraces us as neighbors, friends, family members, business colleagues, and every kind of profession.
I remember my feelings as I left my own incarceration. I wanted to do something about it so that those that followed me would not experience the same inhumane treatment as I had. This award is for and because of all of those who felt the same way and did and are doing something about it. I am not standing here alone.
CALL TO ACTION:
The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) issued the following statement on July 4, 2016:
HR 2646, the Tim Murphy Bill, will be voted on by the House on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Though it is unlikely House members will change their minds at this time, we must contact them. HR 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016, sponsored by Tim Murphy (R, PA), will be voted on by the House this coming Wednesday, July 6, 2016. The E&C Committee voted unanimously in support of the bill in June. It is highly unlikely we will be able to stop the passage of the bill on the House floor. However, we still MUST register our objections and cite the specific issues that are the most dangerous to the c/s/x community. See talking points below.
The feedback we have received to date is that HR 2646 was greatly amended and much was taken out. It is now considered a bipartisan bill, with Democrats supporting it as equally as Republicans. All members of the House need to hear from us that DESPITE significant changes, HR 2646 is still dangerous for people with mental health conditions. Our voice has been silenced in the bill. The very people who receive MH services have been excluded from developing changes in mental health care that are urgently needed.
S. 2680, the Senate bill introduced by Chris Murphy, needs to be protected from amendments from the floor or changes during conference with the House. Call the home offices of your senators for meetings if possible. If meetings are not possible, call and/or write them to insist that no amendments or changes be accepted from the House bill. Use the same talking points provided in this alert. Our best hope lies with the Senate and S. 2680, sponsored by Senator Chris Murphy, (D, CT). Though it does not have the solutions we need, it is far less dangerous than HR 2646. The Senate is expected to take up the bill this summer or fall. We need to contact our senators and say the following: Do not accept any amendments to S. 2680 from the House. Use the same talking points provided. People should call their senators and set up an appointment to meet with them during the recess when they will be home for July and August, as soon as possible. Organize people to go in groups to the extent possible. If meetings are not possible, please call and write anyway.
TALKING POINTS for HR 2646:
When you speak to a legislative aide over the phone, choose 2-3 of the following points:
1) Nothing about us without us. HR 2646 excludes the voice of people who have lived experience with mental health issues in decisions that dramatically affect our lives.
2) The bill expands grant funding and the timeframes for Assisted Outpatient Treatment. There is no evidence that outpatient commitment is more effective than voluntary care.
3) HR 2646 significantly weakens the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
4) HR 2646 uses “anosognosia” as a rationale to relax confidentiality issues and promote forced treatment. There is no scientific basis for anosognosia in mental health.
5) The bill is hostile to programs and concepts of recovery.
6) Increased services in the community are needed; they cannot be replaced by hospitals.
For a detailed analysis of the above talking points.
Please let us know that you’ve called your Representative and what their response was. We need to gauge how much impact we have. Please email us with the following information at Camhpro1@gmail.com
· Representative’s name
· Outcome of call
· Any comments you might have