SB 10 Peer Certification Capitol Visit 3/27

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.

Honoring the Memory of Commissioner Linford Gayle of San Mateo County ~ MHSOAC ~ July 26 at 9 a.m.

The Commission will recognize the work and contributions of the late
Commissioner Emeritus Linford Gayle who passed away April 4, 2018. “

Held during the MHSOAC monthly meeting at:
1325 J Street STE 1700, Sacramento
17th Floor: Steinberg Room

“The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission is honoring Linford Gayle, who passed away in April 2018. Linford was a San Mateo County, California, and National hero in the consumer/survivor movement. Linford was one of the first two consumers appointed to the MHSOAC and became its Chair. He also was a founding member of the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations, and served as its Vice Chair. His modeling of recovery inspired and gave hope to thousands of consumers. Many of his friends and colleageues will be at the Commission to honor him and speak at the public comment time. 
MHSOAC Agenda  July 26
9:00 AM Recognition of Commissioner Emeritus Linford Gayle 
Presenters:
  • Vice Chair Aslami-Tamplen
  • Jairo Wilches, Committee Member, California Mental Health and Spirituality Initiative
  • Suzanne Aubry, Director, Office of Consumer and Family Affairs
  • Claudia Saggese, Coordinator, Office of Consumer and Family Affair
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