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 sallyzinman@gmail.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.

Carrie Holmes
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Legislative Director
Senator Jim Beall
(916) 651-4015

Carrie.Holmes@sen.ca.gov

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: adrienne@steinberginstitute.org <adrienne@steinberginstitute.org>

Documents:

Current SB 10 Peer Certification Fact Sheet

SB 10 passed on the Senate Floor 38-0!

SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE:  9-0, 3/27/19
AYES:  Pan, Stone, Durazo, Grove, Hurtado, Leyva, Mitchell, Monning, Rubio

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE:  6-0, 5/16/19
AYES:  Portantino, Bates, Bradford, Hill, Jones, Wieckowski

SUBJECT:  Mental health services:  peer support specialist certification

SOURCE:    Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
Steinberg Institute

DIGEST:

This bill requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to establish a program for certifying peer support specialists; requires DHCS to amend its Medicaid state plan and to seek any federal waivers or state plan amendments to implement the certification program; and permits DHCS to implement, interpret, and make specific the certification program through available means, as specified, until regulations are adopted.

READ FULL ANALYSES
Senate Floor_5-21-19
SENATE RULES COMMITTEE
Office of Senate Floor Analyses
(916) 651-1520
Fax: (916) 327-4478

#CAPeerRespites, Peer2Peer Support

Collaborating with Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC) and Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), we would like to send a very special thank you for everyone who joined us in celebrating Peer2Peer Support

#CAPeerRespites

Peer Respites: Expanding Peer2Peer Support
May 15, 2019

Peer2Peer Program of the day
Second Story Peer Respite Home (Santa Cruz County)
Share! Recovery House (Los Angeles County)
Blackbird House (Santa Clara County)
Sally’s Place (Alameda County)

Photos of the day:

 

Ideas from Breakout Groups

Peer Respites:
Expanding Peer2Peer Support


During the event 5/15/19, participates were asked how we could continue to network and grow peer respites throughout California. The responses below, categorized by themes, were the outcomes of the ongoing discussions throughout the day. This is the community voice.

To Build Support for Peer Respites: Advocacy

  • Educate the community, politicians, churches, schools, community service centers and other service providers, etc.
  • Provide exceptional services at existing respites, will lead to word of mouth
  • Create a tax incentive (or other financial incentive) to rent or sell a house for peer respite
  • Good data to communicate successes
  • Tax on Big Pharma to fund peer respite
  • Social media campaign using #CAPeerRespites
  • Connecting with faith-based organizations that have supportive mindset about mental health treatment/care/peer support
  • Utilize connections like news outlets to do local public interest stories spotlighting local peer respites (human kindness, compassion)
  • Create a “Peer Respite Day” during mental health month
  • Approach legislators to create bills
  • Determining messages and resources
  • Multimedia, TV, social media, radio, advertisements

Building a Network to Expand & Strengthen Peer Respite

  • Create a long-term strategic plan with existing peer respites to create a movement for peer respites in all counties
  • Peer respite working group to plan for Medi-Cal billing if SB 10 passes
  • Bimonthly meetings among existing peer respites for collaboration, sharing, learning, advising
  • Identify a “welcomer,” a point of contact to welcome others (new peer respites?)
  • Visit other peer sites
  • Build fellowship within peer community (ex: cookout)
  • Knowing people who will donate supplies or a house
  • Understanding and leveraging funding: seeking donations from corporations
  • Create info sheet about using MHSA money to fund peer respites
  • Potential statewide respite coalition partners: existing peer respites, county allies, other peer-run organizations, CAMHPRO, MHSOAC, established recover-focused nonprofits, provider organizations

To Improve Peer Respite

  • Child care for parents who need peer respite, link to child-care providers (and funds)
  • Pet care at peer respites
  • Community gardens
  • Emotional support animals at peer respites
  • Lift restrictions requiring diagnosis and/or taking medications (for those that have those requirements)
  • Consistent, consumer-produced statewide quality guidelines for peer respites
  • Make peer respite more accessible to people who don’t have housing
  • Gather community input on needs
  • Creating activities that engage understanding: yoga, exercise, music, art

Toward Peer Respite in Contra Costa County

  • Public comment, presentation, plant seeds CPAW: monthly meeting for MHSA, 1st Thursday, 3-5PM in Concord
  • Apply to be on MHC (1st Wednesday, 4:30-6:30 South, West, Central) and CPAW
  • BOS meetings
  • Community forums and outreach
  • Contra Costa Mental Health/Behavioral Health Services
  • POCC/Friends of Adeline
  • Peer programs
  • Contra Costa College & Spirit Program, Spirit Alumni Group
  • Social Inclusion meeting
  • RI: lost advocacy
  • Diversity
  • Surveys of community

Other Ideas

  • Build every tier of needed resources – peer respite is just one part; use available empty housing, explore co-housing and kibbutz model

SB 906 Peer Certification, ON Governor’s Desk! Write Letters! Send Emails!

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 donna.campbell@gov.ca.gov
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!

Optimize Your CA Peer Run Organization to Push a Unified State Peer Voice 8/15 Special Webinar

Hello California Community,
We have a truly terrific opportunity that Executive Directors and Leaders of California Peer-Run Organizations/Programs, and other community-based organizations will NOT want to miss. Please register for this dynamic webinar with practical tools to optimize your agency’s efficiency, and/or pass this information on to other leadership you believe will benefit.
This special one-hour webinar on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11am PST is presented by SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy—BRSS TACS, and the California Assoc. of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations—CAMHPRO, titled “Optimize Your CA Peer Run Organization to Push a Unified State Peer Voice”, is specifically designed to enhance peer run organizational readiness for unified State peer advocacy on critical policy changes coming up with, for example, the impending state peer certification protocol, implementation and the eventual capability of Medi-CAL billing for unique peer support services.
This interactive webinar focuses on supporting California peer run organizations to enhance their overall effectiveness and organizational structure by reviewing various examples of technical assistance (TA) that may be relevant for them, and highlighting various TA options available at the local, state and federal level.  Participants will learn how to identify what TA is, how to request it and engage with the providers, and how to ensure it supports and aligns with the organization’s goals and objectives if applicable.

Please register

We hope you can make it!
California Assoc. of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO)

San Diego’s Up2SD – It’s Up to Us Campaign!

The It’s Up to Us campaign is designed to empower San Diegans to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources and seek help. By raising awareness and providing access to local resources, we aim to inspire wellness, reduce stigma and prevent suicide. Recovery is possible and help is available. It’s Up to Us to make a difference in the lives of San Diegans experiencing mental health challenges by offering support and providing opportunities.

This campaign is developed through the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, and supports the County’s Live Well San Diego vision to promote a community that is healthy, safe and thriving.

Crisis Line 888-724-7240