SB 906 Peer Certification Update

This is the BEST Validation for
CA Peer Support Specialists!

SB 906 passed out of the Assembly floor with a unanimous vote on Friday August 31.
Last minute amendments to the bill postpone the start dates and remove the unique peer billing option.

See last amendment

Now the bill requires the Governor’s Approval before it becomes law!

Contact Donna Campbell
Health Aide to the Governor
Fax support for the bill to: 916-558-3177

SB906 Support Letter Template 2.15.18  :  This is a sample letter you can recreate and use for your own purposes. Send letters! Email Diane!

Research Confirms Peer Support’s Effectiveness in Promoting Recovery and Helping People Stay Out of the Hospital

“Training and hiring persons in recovery to provide peer support represents a win-win situation for resource-strapped systems,” according to a recent article in Psychiatric Times, whose authors include a number of distinguished researchers, including some who have lived experience. “Patients receive support from trained peers who instill hope, model self-care, and help navigate the health care system.

Peer support providers are gainfully employed in a role that supports their own recovery by allowing them to do personally motivated work. Systems gain a trained, effective workforce that pushes providers beyond the basic outcomes of decreased homelessness, incarceration, and hospitalization to include other outcomes that also matter to patients and their loved ones, i.e., those associated with reclaiming a meaningful life.” Read the full article.

In a related story, “New data, published in The Lancet, highlights the importance of peer support in reducing the risk of readmission to an acute crisis unit.” For “Peer Support Reduces Chances of Psychiatric Readmission,” which includes a link to the full text of the Lancet article at the end.

Another related New York Times story, “Sometimes Patients Simply Need Other Patients,”

Sept. 6: SAMHSA’s Kick-Off for Recovery Month “Join the Voices for Recovery”

Join SAMHSA’s kick-off for Recovery Month on September 6 at 10.a.m. through a livestream event.

Panelists will discuss the benefits that their SAMHSA-funded treatment and recovery programs bring to their community. The kick-off event exemplifies the 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” which explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. For more information on Recovery Month, or to access materials or find events in your community, visit the Recovery Month website at


Event Description: 
For 29 years, SAMHSA has worked to educate Americans about effective, evidence-based treatment and recovery services, highlighting the fact that people can and do recover! Through National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), SAMHSA aims to help bring awareness to mental and substance use disorders; encourage those in need to seek support; and make recovery the standard.
Join us via live stream Thursday, September 6 from 10am-11am, as we officially kick off Recovery Month 2018 – a national observance held every September to celebrate individuals living in recovery and to educate the public on mental and substance use disorders. The event will feature SAMHSA officials and invited guests in a panel discussion to celebrate people living in recovery.
Click here to watch the event. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.” The 2018 Recovery Month toolkit, television and radio public service announcements (PSAs), banners and logos are now available to view and download here. We encourage you to share these materials throughout the month of September, post the Recovery Month banner on your website, and help spread the possibility of recovery!
Type of Event: 
Special Celebrations – Celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service
Is this event open to public?: 
Estimated Number of Attendees: 


Is this a virtual event (taking place online)?: 
Is this event in the United States?: 
200 Independence Ave
Washington DC
U.S. State:
District of Columbia
Website for additional information: 


Hosting Organization Name:  SAMHSA
Contact Name:  Recovery Month Team
Phone:  2402762617

The ABCs of Advocacy: Pre Recorded Webinars *Watch

“CAMHPRO’s ABC’s of Advocacy” is a series of three webinars on the basics and details of how you can participate in the California community program planning process in a meaningful and effective manner. These three webinars are interactive through polling, questions and answers, and prompt you to take the next steps. These webinars also serve as recommended training prior to CAMHPRO’s local onsite six-hour workshop, “Delivering Your ABC’s of Advocacy” customized to the specific county where it is to be held (scheduled by request).

Webinar A: Advocacy Basics

Tues., July 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM


What will be 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

Tues., Aug 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM


What will be 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

Tues., Aug 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM


What will be 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.

Need to Talk to a Peer? CA Warmlines!

This List is copied from the National Empowerment Center

Project Return Peer Support Network 

2677 1/2 Zoe Ave
Huntington Park, CA 90255
Project Return Peer Support Website

Now accepting calls nationwide
Warmline hours
Monday-Friday 5p-10pm; Saturday 11am-4pm
(888) 448-9777 English
(888) 448-4055 Spanish

The OC Warmline – NAMI Orange County

(714) 991-6412
9am to 3am Monday-Friday;
10am to 3am Saturday and Sunday
Languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Farsi
Interpreter Services available

Peer Warmline Connection

(707) 565-4466
Friday – Sunday evenings, 5:30pm-9:30pm

San Diego Warmline for San Diego residents

(619) 295-1055
Open 3:30 PM to 11:00 PM 7 days a week.

San Joaquin

(209) 468-3585 or 1(888) 468-9370
Operating 24/7 since July of 2008.
For local San Joaquin County residents only.

Northern Valley Talk Line

Butte County, California
A confidential non-crisis peer support network.
You are not alone, we are here to listen.

Toll Free: 1-855-582-5554
Open 4:30 pm-9:30 pm 7days/week 365 days/year
Talk line is funded by Butte County Mental Health & MHSA funding

Information on Alternatives to Suicide Training and Support Groups

If you are interested in learning more about the Alternatives to Suicide approach, check out this Webinar offered by Alternatives to Suicide trainers/facilitators, Janice Sorensen and Sean Donovan.

Co-sponsored with the National Empowerment Center

Western Massachusetts Alternatives

to Suicide Webinar

Western Mass Alternatives Webpage

Power Point print out on Alternatives to Suicide Peer-Peer Groups

Highlighting Heidi Hanna: Stress Mastery and Suicide Prevention

From: Heidi Hanna <YouTube Channel><Blog>
Subject: Can we prevent suicide? See the previous recorded YouTube channel and blog (above)

It has been heartbreaking to hear of the recent suicides in the media, yet I’m grateful that these recent incidents are bringing this conversation into the light. There are approximately 123 suicides every day, and 22 or more are military professionals. Although it’s not something we enjoy talking about, these extreme cases of mental and emotional health issues are something we should get more comfortable discussing, and more familiar with supporting in our families, companies, communities.

This is not a new topic for me, but it’s becoming more prevalent in my presentations and coaching sessions around the world. Something that I’ve struggled with most of my life and kept silent due to the guilt and shame of living with mental illness.

But I’m happy to say there is so much good news about what we can do to improve brain imbalances like anxiety, depression, and even suicidal ideations. And although I definitely don’t have all the answers, I wanted to invite you into a conversation about what lies at the root of these issues and the evidence-based interventions that can help us heal.

If you’re interested in joining me for a special Stress Mastery live webinar, I’ll be broadcasting at 4pm PST this Monday, June 11th. In the conversations I’ll address basic brain fundamentals, what causes our brains to behave badly, the difference between trait and state disruptions and disorders, and the specific strategies we can use to boost our mental and emotional health.

Register now.

And for those of you who are not able to join us live, I plan to post the recording soon after the webinar is completed. If you register for the webinar I will make sure you receive a link to the recording, or you can check out my YouTube channel about 24 hour after the session.

Thank you for joining me to support a movement for optimal brain health and fitness.

Sincerely, Heidi

Heidi Hanna – Executive Director of the American Institute of Stress

If You Know Someone in Crisis

Call toll-free 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Suicide Prevention
National Institute of Mental Health

Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to everyone. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential. Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency.  Learn more on the NSPL’s website.