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
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.
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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
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
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
- Surveys of community
- Build every tier of needed resources – peer respite is just one part; use available empty housing, explore co-housing and kibbutz model
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!
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.
We hope you can make it!
California Assoc. of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO)
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.
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