Policy & Legislation

2019 NAMI CA Legislative Report (Last Update 7.10.19)

NAMI CA Budget May Revise Summary (May 13th) Conference Presentation

Using Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Funds - CONCERNS (AB 480 Letter) (AB 734 Letter) (Whole Person Care)

Governor Newsom Announces Dr. Tom Insel as “Mental Health Czar of California” (NAMI CA Press Release)

2019 Policy Priorities

AB 680 (Chu) Public safety dispatchers: mental health training (Fact Sheet) (Analysis) (Letter)

NAMI California sent a letter to the Department of Health Care Services urging them to submit an Serious Mental Illness/Severe Emotional Disturbance (SMI/SED) Demonstration Opportunity application to the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. See the full letter here.

NAMI California supports Proposition 2 (No Place Like Home). Read why here.

Policy Platform [pdf]

NAMI California has created a short presentation on the fundamentals of mental health policy in California and the Mental Health Services Act.

2018 NAMI California Bill List

Bills are selected for support based on how well they match 2018 affiliate and member priorities as well as NAMI California’s policy platform. The finalized list goes through a multi-step approval process in which it is reviewed by staff, NAMI California's policy committee, and and NAMI California's full board. 

NAMI California-Sponsored Legislation

SB 1363 Crisis Intervention Training for Police Officers, Voluntary Contribution Fund

AB 680 Adopting Two Mental Health Training Courses For Local Public Safety Dispatchers

Information on Important Legislation

SB 906 Creating Certified Peer Support Specialists

SB 968 Increasing Mental Health Counselors on University Campuses

SB 1010 Supportive Housing Pilot Program for Parolees

SB 1125 Allowing Same Day Visits for Healthcare and Mental Health Treatment 

SB 215 Creating a Pretrial Diversion Program 

AB 2022 Increasing Mental Health Professionals on K-12 Campuses

AB 1971 Redefining Gravely Disabled 

AB 1795 Transporting Patients in Crisis Directly to a Behavioral Health Facility 

SB 1045 Expanding Conservatorship in Certain Cases

SB 1101 Establishing Mental Health Statewide Objectives  

legislative Resources

California Legislative Information (including bill search)

California Legislature Advocates (create account to track your advocacy)

Legislative Calendar [pdf]

Office of the Chief Clerk 

The California Channel (live webcasts of hearings/Senate and Assembly floors)

Assembly Committees

Senate Committees

Legislative Process Overview (Cal State) [pdf]



Department of Health Care Services

Department of Health Care Services: Mental Health Services Division

Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission