(From Steinberg Facebook Post): SB 10 (Beall), which would establish a statewide peer support specialist certification program, received bipartisan support with a 79-0 vote and passed off the Assembly Floor today. The Steinberg Institute is a proud co-sponsor along with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Thank you to Asm Waldron and Senator Beall for your leadership on this important issue.
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
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
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
Research and resources from Live & Learn partners
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations and Health Homes Publication
We are pleased to share the last in a series of journal publications from the 2012 National Survey of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations: “Attitudes of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations Towards Health Homes: Recommendations for Policy and Practice“, published in Community Mental Health Journal, was coauthored by Elizabeth Siantz and Laysha Ostrow
Abstract: This study examined peer-run organizations’ attitudes towards collaborating in health homes. Data were drawn from the 2012 National Survey of Peer-Run Organizations. Multinomial logistic regression modeled the association between organizational willingness to participate in a health home and salient factors. Current efforts (OR = 5.05; p < 0.05), planned efforts (OR = 4.27; p < 0.05) to encourage physical healthcare, and staff size (OR = 1.09; p < 0.05) were associated with willingness to collaborate in health homes. Some organizations were concerned about power dynamics with potential medical collaborators. Relationships with medical providers, staffing capacity, and concerns about coercion should be considered when integrating peer-run organizations and health homes.
Continue reading the full article HERE. Visit our Dissemination page for more peer-reviewed publications and public reports from this study.
The Reclaiming Employment Business Directory is a “living” directory of mental health and social change small businesses in the U.S. that are operated by people with a psychiatric history. Each week the Reclaiming Employment Business Directory featured business will be highlighted in the directory as well as advertised across our social media platforms.
List your Small Business HERE!
Our first featured small business is Auspicious Fish. Auspicious Fish is a peer service dedicated to act as a supporter and navigator to clients on the path to their best possible self.
Find us on Facebook and Twitter to support the featured businesses.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Reclaiming Employment project!
Aaron Ortiz, of La Familia Counseling Services in the Bay Area, praised Zinman for her tireless work on behalf of consumers. “I’d like to announce that La Familia will be opening a peer respite facility in January.”
Sally Zinman’s Place is the first peer-run adult respite in Alameda County. It’s been a long time in the making, and we would love for you to join in the celebration. See you there!
JANUARY 9, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
1525 B. STREET, HAYWARD
Aaron Ortiz, of La Familia Counseling Services in the Bay Area, praised Zinman for her tireless work on behalf of consumers. “I want to say thank you to Sally for really empowering the consumer and I’d like to announce that La Familia will be opening a peer respite facility in January and we’re going to name it after Sally for all of her work and it’s going to be called Sally’s Place.” READ FULL ARTICLE
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