NAMI Sonoma County Joins Other Groups in Supporting California SB 10
California State Senate Bill 10, which would establish a state Peer Support Specialist Certification Program under the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), is being heard before the Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday, July 2.
The bill was introduced to the Senate floor by State Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) in December 2018. If passed, it would establish a four-track certification program and define responsibilities, practice, and training guidelines for peer support specialists around the state.
Peer support programs are known to help reduce client hospitalizations, improve client functioning, increase client satisfaction, alleviate depression and other symptoms, and diversify the mental health workforce. California is one of the only states without a standardized certification process yet in place; 48 other states, as well as D.C. and the Department of Veterans Affairs, have already implemented protocols to certify peer specialists.
You can read the full text of the bill’s current version at the CA Legislature website.
NAMI Sonoma County joins NAMI California, NAMI Amador, and NAMI Sacramento, as well as other advocacy groups across the state, in supporting SB 10.