ACT on SB 906: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 CA Assembly Health Hearing

CA Assembly Committee on Health

SB 906 Hearing Tuesday, June 19, 2018,

1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 4202

Can’t go to the Capitol but want to watch/listen LIVE?
Click this audio/video link on 6/19 at 1:30 pmListen to this hearing

Peer Certification Webinar 6/14

Bill passed the CA Senate!

This Thursday we will:
  • Give brief background on CA State Peer Support Certification efforts
  • Review Amendments & Movement on Bill SB 906 Peer Support Specialist Certification
  • Discuss Next Steps for 6/19, 1:30 PM CA Assembly Health Committee Hearing
  • Go over the new process to submit letters of support to the Assembly which allows upload of letter but requires registration.

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.

If not, please Register at the following link:

Information on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 CA Assembly Health Hearing
CA Assembly Committee on Health
  • SB 906 Hearing Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 4202
Can’t go to the Capitol but want to watch/listen LIVE?
Click this audio/video link on 6/19 at 1:30 pmListen to this hearing
About CAMHPRO’s Monthly Peer Support Practices Peer Support 4 Peer Supporters, Spotlights, or Updates for CA Peer Certification
Quarterly Rotation of:
—State Peer Certification Update
—Peer Support 4 Peer Supporters (PS4PS) NEW
—Spotlight on Model Peer Practices
The FULL TEXT and ongoing status of the CA SB 906 (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.

SAMHSA releases updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

Originally posted on the SAMHSA website:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces the update of an important resource on opioid overdose prevention. The SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit offers information and facts from literature and links to resources to prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Because interdisciplinary collaboration is critical to success, SAMHSA offers theToolkit as an educational resource for community members, first responders, prescribers, patients, and families.

The SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit is divided into four sections—one for each target audience:

Facts for Community Members

  • Facts about opioids and opioid-related overdoses
  • Information about who is at risk
  • Strategies to prevent overdose deaths

Five Essential Steps for First Responders

  • Recommended actions to reduce the number of deaths resulting from opioid overdoses
  • Dos and Don’ts when responding to an opioid overdose

Information for Prescribers

  • Recommendations to consider when prescribing opioids for adults with chronic pain
  • Information on billing codes for providing overdose prevention education and for prescribing naloxone
  • Explanation of how to treat an overdose
  • Resources to determine legal and liability considerations

Safety Advice for Patients & Family Members

  • Information about preventing overdose and what to do when an overdose is suspected
  • Explanation of naloxone, how to use it, and how to store it
  • Resources for overdose survivors and family members and information on finding a support network


Download the toolkit!

Highlighting Heidi Hanna: Stress Mastery and Suicide Prevention

From: Heidi Hanna <YouTube Channel><Blog>
Subject: Can we prevent suicide? See the previous recorded YouTube channel and blog (above)

It has been heartbreaking to hear of the recent suicides in the media, yet I’m grateful that these recent incidents are bringing this conversation into the light. There are approximately 123 suicides every day, and 22 or more are military professionals. Although it’s not something we enjoy talking about, these extreme cases of mental and emotional health issues are something we should get more comfortable discussing, and more familiar with supporting in our families, companies, communities.

This is not a new topic for me, but it’s becoming more prevalent in my presentations and coaching sessions around the world. Something that I’ve struggled with most of my life and kept silent due to the guilt and shame of living with mental illness.

But I’m happy to say there is so much good news about what we can do to improve brain imbalances like anxiety, depression, and even suicidal ideations. And although I definitely don’t have all the answers, I wanted to invite you into a conversation about what lies at the root of these issues and the evidence-based interventions that can help us heal.

If you’re interested in joining me for a special Stress Mastery live webinar, I’ll be broadcasting at 4pm PST this Monday, June 11th. In the conversations I’ll address basic brain fundamentals, what causes our brains to behave badly, the difference between trait and state disruptions and disorders, and the specific strategies we can use to boost our mental and emotional health.

Register now.

And for those of you who are not able to join us live, I plan to post the recording soon after the webinar is completed. If you register for the webinar I will make sure you receive a link to the recording, or you can check out my YouTube channel about 24 hour after the session.

Thank you for joining me to support a movement for optimal brain health and fitness.

Sincerely, Heidi

Heidi Hanna – Executive Director of the American Institute of Stress

Macro Advocacy Project – Los Angeles

Los Angeles peers, sponsored by Project Return, Peer Support Network,  and CAMHPRO advocating at the Capitol. One picture is of a group of us after we visited Senator Jim Beall’s office, author of SB 906, the peer certification bill. 
The Los Angeles novice advocates participated in a Macro Advocacy Project that trained peers on advocacy skills. CAMHPRO consulted on this project. The project culminated in the group coming to Sacramento and advocating for the bills they selected to support.
The intention of the Macro Advocacy Project was to train individuals on the state legislative process and how to effectively promote and advocate for legislation.

Photos curtesy of Sally Zinman May 2018

ACAPS 2nd Cohort


Find out by watching the
Previously Recorded Webinar

from Monday, Feb 26, 2018

This webinar is for potential participants in the Alameda County Accelerated Peer Specialist Program (ACAPS), a training and placement program of the California Association of Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO.)

At this webinar you will learn the following:

  • The goals of ACAPS, an 18 month Alameda County focused program.
  • ACAPS training and employment partners
  • The kinds of trainings being offered
  • How to apply to be a participant of the trainings: ACAPS Participant Application Second Cohort

Alameda County Accelerated
Peer Specialist Program


ACAPS Participant Application

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

For more information and an application, contact Melodee Au at 415-361- 0613

Training Schedule

First Training Cohort

Friday, April 13 through
Thursday, May 3
Every Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday, and Friday

Monday, May 21 through
Wednesday, May 23

Growing Through
Monday, June 11 through Friday,
June 15

Second Training Cohort
ACAPS Participant Application Second Cohort

Monday, July 9 through
Thursday, July 26
Monday through Thursday

Monday, August 27 through
Wednesday, August 29

Growing Through
Monday, September 24 through
Friday, September 28

Third Training Cohort
Application coming soon

Monday, October 8 through
Wednesday, October 10

Monday, October 22 through
Thursday, November 8
Monday through Thursday

Growing Through
Monday, December 10 through
Friday, December 14

For more information and an application, contact Melodee Au at 415-361- 0613

Don’t Forget the ABCs of Advocacy!

“CAMHPRO’s 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 recommended training prior to CAMHPRO’s local onsite six-hour workshop, “Delivering Your ABC’s of Advocacy” customized to the specific county where it is to be held (scheduled by request).

Audience: California stakeholders of public behavioral health policy and services: primarily consumers, and also family members, community based organizations, county staff and conveners of community program planning meetings.

Schedule of Webinars

Webinar A: Advocacy Basics
April 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM

What will be covered:

  • 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.

Webinar B: Best Community Planning Practices
April 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM

What will be covered:

  • 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

Webinar C: Community Planning; How to Work It
May 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM

What will be covered:

  • 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.


  • Karin Lettau, Director of Training
  • Sally Zinman, CAMHPRO Executive Director

Funded by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)