Governor Newsom Signs Bills to Expand Access to Quality Behavioral Health Care for all Californians
Governor Gavin Newsom signed bills to “improve access to quality mental health and substance use disorder services for all Californians, as well as measures that help homeless Californians suffering from behavioral health challenges access the help they need.
One of the Senate bills signed by Governor Newsom is SB 803 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose). This bill will develop “statewide standards for behavioral health Peer Support Specialists and adds these services as an option in Medi-Cal. Peer Support Specialists are people with lived experience with mental health and/or substance use disorders and are in a unique position to earn trust and build bridges for people on the path to recovery. Statewide standards will ensure consistency and quality of service while offering a level of validity and respect to the position, while satisfying a federal requirement to allow Medi-Cal billing. A signing message for SB 803 can be found here
“Peer support services are evidence-based, and a cost-effective model of care proven to reduce cost and increase participation in treatment. Forty-eight other states have seen the benefit and value of peer support services; now it is time for California to catch up and establish a peer support specialist certification process,” said Senator Beall.”
Read about the other bills