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Legislation Updates: Mental Health Bills in California

Do you know about mental health policy in our state legislature? NAMI California, in addition to several other organizations, tracks bills being considered in the California Assembly and Senate. We’ve put together a few of the most important bills for you to learn about — read on to know more.

  • SB 803 (Beall): Would establish a statewide certification program in California for Peer Support Specialists; California is only one of two U.S. states without such a program.
  • SB 855 (Wiener): Would define services for mental health and substance abuse disorders as medically necessary for insurance coverage purposes.
  • AB 565 (Maienschein): Would expand the loan forgiveness and scholarship programs now available to physicians and surgeons, making these programs newly available to employees working in mental health services.
  • AB 1766 (Bloom): Would require the State to collect and publicly report data from licensed adult residential facilities for the elderly, including whether they accept residents with a serious mental illness, and the number of facilities primarily serving low-income residents closed in the last quarter.
  • AB 2589 (Maienschein): Would amend the 2016 No Place Like Home law to define adult residential facilities as permanent supportive housing.
  • SB 854 (Beall): Would bar private insurers from creating barriers to the use of FDA-approved prescriptions for the treatment of substance use disorders.

Visit the Legislation to Watch page to learn more.


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