SB 1363 Signed By Governor Jerry Brown!

Fantastic news from the Capitol!

Our NAMI-CA sponsored bill, SB 1363, has been signed by the Governor! 

This bill creates the National Alliance on Mental Illness, California Voluntary Tax Contribution fund (VCF) and allows taxpayers to donate to the fund using their state tax form.

Funds will support the family and consumer voice in Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs. CIT programs train law enforcement officers to assist, and engage safely with, individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. 

This bill is a critical first step to building a stronger family and consumer voice in CIT programs across the state.

Read more about SB 1363 here!

8.15.2018

Upcoming:

The Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee will both be holding their suspense file hearings Thursday, 8/16/2018. Both committee hearings will start after the floor sessions end between 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM.

The following bills will be heard in committee tomorrow:

SB 906: Peer Support Specialist Certification

SB 960: Inmate Suicide Prevention Program

SB 968: Mental Health Counselors Placement on College Campuses

SB 1010: Supportive Housing Program for Parolees

SB 1045: Expanding Conservatorships in Certain Cases

SB 1125: Same Day Service for Mental Health Visits

AB 1136: 21st Century Cures Act: Health Faculties Availability Database

AB 1971: Gravely Disabled Definition Change

AB 2112: Federal 21st Century Cures Act: Community Based Crisis Response Plan Grant

 

RECENT Activity:

AB 2983: This bill has passed the Senate and is waiting for concurrence (approval) from the Assembly. From there it will be sent to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.

8.8.18

Bills sent to the floor

SB 1363 (NAMI CIT funding): The bill has passed all committees and is being prepared for a floor vote in the assembly. 8/8

SB 215 (Diversion): This bill was significantly amended because a similar bill AB 1810 was passed instead. SB 215 in its new form is a bill that requires a court to conduct a hearing to investigate if repayment is owed to a victim, where the person who committed the crime took part in a mental health treatment diversion program. This bill has now passed all committees and was sent to the assembly floor to prepare a vote.  8/8

AB 2983 (Removing 5150 as a requirement for transfer): The bill has passed all committees and is being prepared for a floor vote in the senate. 8/8

SB 972 (Suicide hotline on student ID cards): The bill has passed all committees and is being prepared for a floor vote in the assembly. 8/8

Bills in the suspense file

Appropriations Committee have a unique tool that they can use called the Suspense File. This is used by the Appropriations Committees in the Senate and Assembly as a way of managing their bills. The goal of the Suspense File is to consider all of the bills with a fiscal impact above a certain amount at the same time.

In the Assembly Appropriations Committee, the bills referred to the Suspense File are those with a fiscal impact of $150,000 or more. In the Senate Appropriations Committee, the bills referred to the Suspense File are bills with a fiscal impact of $50,000 or more. Also referred to the Suspense File are pilot project bills if the statewide implementation of the project or program would result in a fiscal impact of $50,000.

Final decisions on the Suspense File are usually made by the Appropriations Committee Chair and leadership team of the respective house, along with input from a number of sources. These include the members of the committee, the Vice Chair and minority leadership, committee staff, authors with bills pending before the Committee, and other interested parties. Legislators, whose bills are pending on the Suspense File, as well as interest groups supporting or opposing the bills, will attempt to persuade the appropriations committee that their particular bills should be sent to the floor for a vote.

In both the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees, there is no testifying at the Suspense File hearing. Instead, the committee members simply vote on the bills without any additional testimony.

SB 906 (Peer specialist): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and was set aside for a later hearing. 8/8

SB 968 (Counselors on college campuses): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and was set aside for a later hearing. 8/8

SB 1125 (Same day billing): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and was set aside for a later hearing. 8/8

SB 1010 (Mental health/parolee pilot program): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and was set aside for a later hearing. 8/8

AB 2639 (school-based suicide prevention policy): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and it set aside for a later hearing. 8/6

SB 960 (Reporting on suicide in prisons): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and was set aside for a later hearing. 8/8

SB 1004 (Changing PEI requirements): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on but was set aside for a later hearing. 8/6

AB 1971 (Redefining gravely disabled): This bill was placed in the senate appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and it set aside for a later hearing. 8/6

SB 1045 (Expanding Conservatorship in Certain Cases): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on but was set aside for a later hearing. 8/8

 

Please email Jansher Rasa at jansher@namica.org with any questions on legislation.