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Peer Certification SB 803 PASSED!

SB803 was signed September 25 by Governor Newsom!

SB803 was signed September 25 by Governor Newsom!

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.

California peers all over the state must feel a lot more validated now for the contributions that they have been making and make toward mental health and wellness.

Peers have been working on systemic recognition of the value of peer support services, not only for the four years that peer certification bills have been introduced into the legislature, but long before. You could say, from the time they informally provided mutual support for each other and realized their potential for helping each other, peers have envisioned and worked toward this.

Thank you, Governor Newsom, for signing SB803 and Senator Beall for authoring the bill! Watch the signing of SB803 (along with three other bills) during a session recorded LIVE the morning of September 25.

WATCH LIVE RECORDING

CALL TO ACTION: Write letters to the Governor urging him to sign SB 803

SB 803 (Beall) Peer Support Specialist Certification and Peer Support Services is on the Governor’s Desk.

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.

Peers Transform the System

Central Region PEER ONLINE Forum October 14 & 15, 2020 from 9 – 11:30 AM

In Partnership with Stanislaus County Peer Recovery Art Project, CAMHPRO presents Central Region PEER ONLINE Forum October 14 & 15, 2020 from 9 – 11:30 AM
Reserve Your Spot Now!
OUR VISION: Voluntary, community-based, prejudice-free behavioral health services, offering holistic social and rehabilitative support delivered with cultural humility and equity for all diverse communities, with peers and peer services leading the way.
FORUM PURPOSE & OUTCOMES
Explore the needs of diverse communities within the context of social justice as expressed by the community. Act collectively to serve the needs of the region’s diverse communities as defined by the community. Promote local, regional and state policy changes for increased peer support services and for growth & sustainability of peer run programs and agencies to reflect diverse communities.

Reserve Your Spot Now!

Forum Program
DAY 1: Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 9:00 AM — 11:30 AMKeynotes: Peer Vision, Aligning the Vision with the Needs of Diverse Communities, Power of Peer Support
Diverse Needs Panel: Peer Leaders Express Specific Diverse Community Needs & Vision
DAY 2: Thursday, October 15, 9:00 — 11:30 AM
Manifesting the Vision: Agencies throughout the Region Present on How they are Manifesting the Vision to Meet the needs of diverse communities
Transform the System: Breakout Groups Plan Real Collective Action to Meet the Needs of Diverse Communities
Group Reporting of Next Steps
Reserve Your Spot Now!
Who should attendPeers, Peer Leaders & Peer Run Programs of the CENTRAL Regional Counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Inyo, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter-Yuba, Tulare Tuolumne and Yuba along with County Administrators
Reserve Your Spot Now!

PEER ACTION LEAGUE–PAL Calendar

  • Connect & Network
  • Build Capacity
  • Reach & Reflect Diversity
  • Strategize Collective Action 
Funded by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration of US Dept of Health & Human Services under the Statewide Consumer Network grant.

Public Policy Principles (updated)

The Board of Directors of the California Association of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) takes 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 supports and advocates for social justice and equity for racially and culturally marginalized communities as they intersect with wellness and mental health and our mission of self determination and choice

*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.

SB 803 PASSED SENATE, now in ASSEMBLY

SB 803 (Beall) – Peer Support Specialist Certification Program  passed the Senate on Special Consent 39 – 0 on Wednesday June 24. The bill is now in the Assembly, and will go to the Assembly Health Committee. 

Write your support letters NOW, if you haven’t already.
Please see attached template Support Letter, CAMHPRO’s Floor Alert, and Senator Beall’s SB 803 Fact Sheet.

Join the Discussion. Monthly Peer Webinars, Updated Links and Previous Recorded Webinars SB 803

Click Here and Sign up for monthly updates

State Peer/Family Certification 2nd Thursday at 12 noon

Please join us each month on the 2nd Thursday, at noon. CAMHPRO is changing the format of this monthly webinar again with a quarterly rotation of a Spotlight with a Guest Presenter of Model Peer Support Practices, Peer Support 4 Peer Supporters with a Guest Co-Facilitator, and Updates on CA Peer Certification.

We will invite other counties/agencies or states to present on their peer specialist service practices to demonstrate what is working and what is possible for the State of California. We will also provide policy updates, progress and funding as they happen regarding national and state peer specialist standardization or certification.

California is the last of a handful of states without a State protocol for certification of peer support specialists!

Join the conversation!

These CAMHPRO webinars are funded by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under the State Consumer Network grant.

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After registering once, you will receive a confirmation email each month

Helpful PDF Documents

17 Stakeholder Recommendations Appendix K
California Peer Specialist Timeline 3.21.18
FAQs on CA STATE CERTIFICATION 1.31.18
Senate Health_Bill_Analysis 3.12.18

Tracking The Bill

The FULL TEXT and ongoing status of the CA SB 803 (Beall-D) can be found and tracked at the following website: CA Legislative Information Click on ‘TRACK’, Create account with email and password only to choose to receive notices whenever there is action on the bill, for example it is in read on the CA Senate Floor, in Committee, passed, etc.

Upcoming Webinars

Thu, Jun 11, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT
Thu, Jul 9, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT
Thu, Aug 13, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT
Thu, Sep 10, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT

Previously Recorded Webinars
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SB 803, Peer Certification, going to Senate Health Committee Wednesday May 13. Still time to write letters

SB 803 Peer Certification
Senate hHealth Committee on Wednesday May 13.
Richard Pan, Chair

CAMHPRO SB 803 Support Letter
Please, use this template and send your own letter!

Information from the California Senate:Health Committee on hearings in today’s coronavirus environment.

Committee Website Teleconference Instructions:

Due to the statewide stay-at-home order and guidance on physical distancing, seating for committee hearings will be very limited for press and for the public. All are encouraged to watch our hearing from its live stream on the Senate’s website at https://www.senate.ca.gov/

We encourage the public to submit written testimony before the hearing through the position letter portal. Please note that any written testimony submitted to the committee is considered public comment and may be read into the record or reprinted.

The Capitol will be open for attendance of committee hearings, but the public is strongly encouraged to participate via the web portal or telephonically.

Information regarding a call-in option for testimony will be made available and updated the night prior to the hearing date.

Please note: In order for your testimony to be heard clearly, you must mute any devices you are using to live stream the committee hearing prior to calling into the teleconference service.

Resource List for COVID-19

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COVID-19 related Information and Resource links
compiled by CAMHPRO staff
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UPDATES & NEWS
Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California
U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
CA Dept. of Public Health (CADPH)
CA Local Health Services/Offices by County or City
Get Local Information by County Alerts
San Francisco Chronicle Online

CA Guidance Documents
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
New York Times Free Access to COVID-19 Coverage
World Health Organization (WHO)
Kaiser Family Foundation

Substance Abuse & MH Services Admin (SAMHSA)
COVID-19 Resources
Tips on Social Distancing
SAMHSA virtual recovery resources

Food Insecurities
Food Stamps (SNAP)
Meals on Wheels
Women Infants Children (WIC)
Food Banks

Employment options for workers who can’t work due to COVID-19 & for employers
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Employment Resource List

Unemployment, Reduced Hours, Lay-off, Care of children due to school closure?Apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits online EDD

Caring for Family Member with COVID-19 (medically certified)
Apply for Paid Family Leave
Apply by phone, 8am-12pm, M-F:
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Sick or Quarantined (medically certified)
Apply for Disability Insurance (DI)

Low-Cost Utilities, Phone, Internet Access & Wi-Fi Hotspots Phone, Internet Access & Wi-Fi Hotspots
CA Public Utilities Commission Consumer Programs
COMCAST-Wi-Fi Hotspots free to all 2 months free internet access for low-income during COVID-19
CA Lifeline Program Reduced landline or cell phone cost if you qualify with a low income. Contact your phone company to apply.
AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspots free to all
Offers $10/mo. Internet Access if qualified. Pledged to not terminate services of any who can’t pay their bill due to COVID-19.

Expanded Health Coverage
Covered California until June 30, 2020
Special Enrollment COVID-19
Medi-CAL & Covered CA allow Tele-health services

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California Peer Warmlines

California Peer Warmlines Updated 3.25.20

 

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STATEWIDE 24/7 Peer-Run Warmline –MHA-SF
Toll-free Call 1-855-845-7415 Or Chat via IM

Project Return Peer Support Network Peer-Run Warmline
Los Angeles County Residents
Warmline hours Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, Sat 11am-4pm, Sun Closed (888) 448-9777 English and by text (888) 448-4055 Spanish and by text

ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

The OC Warmline – NAMI Orange County (714) 991-6412 Hours: 9am to 3am Monday-Friday; 10am to 3am on Saturday & Sunday Languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Farsi Interpreter Services available

Warm Line: Consumer to Consumer-The Meeting Place Clubhouse for San Diego residents only Toll Free: (800) 920-WARM (9276) and (619) 295-1055 Hours: 3:30 P.M. to 11:00 P.M., 7 days a week 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. Toll Free: 1-855-582-5554 Open 11:30 am-9:30 pm 7days/week 365 days/year

San Joaquin County BH Services Consumer Support Warm-Line 209-468-3585 Operating 24/7 since July of 2008. For local San Joaquin County residents only.

Warmline Connection (NAMI Sonoma) 866-960-6264 Hours: Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm