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
Current SB 10 Peer Certification Fact Sheet
SB 10 Sample Support Letter
Hello Marin County Attendees or Registrants of “CAMHPRO’s Delivering theABC’s of Advocacy”,
It was a wonderful honor to come to, and enjoy your BEAUTIFUL county and meet all of you!
Please find the recordings for Web A, Web B and Web C below.
Here are also all resources provided on the webinars and in the onsite workshop. Just click on the title:
I hope to ‘see’ you all at other webinars and events soon!
Webinar A: Advocacy Basics
What is 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
What is 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
What is 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.
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
What’s the Focus?
- Choose project Vision from January participant feedback
- Review CA Stakeholder, SAMHSA, other Peer Values
- Choose/Adopt Peer Values
SEE WWT Stakeholder-vetted Values & Ethics
SEE SAMHSA Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services
SEE Values and Ethics Copeland Center
About CAMHPRO’s Monthly Peer Webinars:
CAMHPRO has a quarterly rotation of a Spotlight with a Guest Presenter of Model Peer Support Practices, Peer Support 4 Peer Supporters (PS4PS) with a Guest Co-Facilitator, and Updates on CA Peer Specialist Standardization. THANKS TO THE CO-FACILITATOR VOLUNTEERS!
May, Aug, Nov, Feb:
Peer Model Spotlight—Next May 9
Topic: Changing Organizational Culture
Co-facilitator Kristen Mungcal, Program Manager, San Bernardino County
June, Sep, Dec, Mar:
State Peer Standardization–Next June 13
Co-facilitator: Catherine Clay, VP of Client Advisory, Los Angeles Region
July, Oct, Jan, April:
Peer Support 4 Peer Supporters (PS4PS)–Next July 11
Co-facilitator: Brian K. Hollander, Program Manager, Independent Living Resource Center, Inc., Santa Barbara
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
Following emotional testimony from supporters
The Senate Health Committee Wednesday
Unanimously passed SB 10 (Senator Jim Beall)
which would establish a certification process for peer providers of mental health and substance abuse services. Peers are people who draw on experiences with mental illness and/or substance use disorder and recovery, bolstered by specialized training, to deliver valuable support services in a treatment setting.
Witnesses Wednesday included Khatera Tamplen, a peer herself who is consumer empowerment manager at Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and chair of the state Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, which co-sponsored the bill along with the Steinberg Institute. Also speaking was Keris Jän Myrick, Discipline Chief for Peer Services for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, who was featured in a New York Times article for being a successful executive with a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Myrick was accompanied by LA County Director of Mental Health Jon Sherin, who said getting a certification process was his top priority.
Across California, peer providers are already used in many settings. However, there is no statewide standard of practice, consistent curriculum, training standards, supervision standards, or certification protocol in California, which now one of only two states (the other is South Dakota) that does not have peer certification. Yet peer support programs have emerged nationwide as an evidence-based practice with proven benefits to both peers and the clients they assist, including reduced hospitalizations, alleviation of depression and enhanced self-advocacy.
A peer support program also creates a career ladder so that consumers and family members working in mental health care have the opportunity to fully contribute, translating their experience into meaningful employment.
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
Support letters are due a week before the hearing, so by 3/20