CA Legislation

Weekly Advocacy Calls

Join us on Fridays at 12:30pm to hear the latest bill status and learn how you can get involved. All are welcome. Add this information to your calendars:

CA MMH Advocacy Meetings:
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Weekly Bill Snapshot as of Monday 3/26

AB-1893 Maternal mental health: federal funding.
Bill Status: Assembly-In Committee Process-Appropriations.

 AB-2193 Maternal mental health.
Bill Status: Assembly-In Committee Process-Health.

AB-3032 Maternal mental health: quality management program.
Bill Status: Assembly-In Desk Process-Engrossing.

ACR-180 Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month.
Bill Status: Assembly-In Committee Process-Rules.

Bill Overviews and Take ACTION

Beginning the Week of 4/9 even if you already emailed your legislators we need YOU to CALL their Sacramento office to follow up and ask them if they received your email asking them to co-sponsor AB 2193 and AB 3032, and if you have their commitment to co-sponsor these bills. See sample scripts below.

Find your legislators here.

Track your calls and legislator responses by clicking here.


AB 1893 Maternal Mental Health, Federal Funding Read bill here.

Brian Maienschein (R), Assembly District 77 (San Diego)

CA Department of Public Health to investigate and apply for federal funding including from the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act for development of MMH programs which could include a public awareness campaign.

Hearing Date
The Assembly Health Committee hearing occurred on Tuesday March 20 and the bill was put on the consent agenda and approved by the committee.

Organizations Send Your Letter of Support for AB 1893 Today!
You can support this bill by sending a letter of support to the author's office.  
Click here for a sample support letter. 

During the week of April 2 – 
Call your state representative’s and senator’s Sacramento office and ask them to co-sponsor the 4 bills (especially AB 2193). You can find your to legislators using your address here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
After you make these calls please let us know by clicking here

Individuals
We need you! You can easily show your support of this bill and the other 3 in the #4Bills4CAMoms package.  Use our letter writing webpage, which takes less than 2 minutes. You add your address and with a couple of clicks a letter is emailed to your assembly member asking them to co-author all four bills.  Do it now, here.

Call your assembly member today. Look up your assembly member here.  

Sample Script:
I'm an constituent and I calling to urge you co-author AB 1893 authored by Assembly Member Maienschein, Federal Funds for Maternal Mental Health. Under this bill the California Department of Public Health will apply for federal funds including funding that may become available through the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act. Funds could be used for things like creation of home visiting in home counseling services to assist low income women who are at higher risk for these disorders.  California should not leave this funding on the table.  Please sign on to co-author the bill today.

Refer them to this web page for more information (2020mom.org/ca-legislation)


AB 2193 Case Management and Ob/Gyn Screening for MMH disorders  Read bill here.

Brian Maienschein (R), Assembly District 77

Requires health insurers and health plans to develop case/care management programs similar to programs which insurers and plans voluntarily provide for conditions like asthma, low back pain, eating disorders, etc. or to modify an existing case management program which might include a high risk maternity program for example.  Case management includes helping patients find in-network providers and monitoring medication use if prescribed, etc.  The bill also requires that the effectiveness of the program(s) be monitored and improvements implemented when necessary.   

Amendments
Amendments are forthcoming. Call Legislator's office for more information.

Hearing Date
The Assembly Health Committee hearing is scheduled for Tuesday April 24 at 1:30.  All are welcome.  You can learn more here.

Organizations Send Your Letter of Support for AB 2193 Today!
You can support this bill by sending a letter of support to the author's office.  
Click here for a sample support letter. 

Individuals
We need you! You can easily show your support of this bill and the other 3 in the #4Bills4CAMoms package.  Use our letter writing webpage, which takes less than 2 minutes. You add your address and with a couple of clicks a letter is emailed to your assembly member asking them to co-author all four bills.  Do it now, here.

Call your assembly member today. Look up your assembly member here.  

Sample Script:
I'm an constituent and I calling to urge you co-author AB 2193 authored by Assembly Member Maienschein, Insurer Case Management for Maternal Mental Health. This bill is rooted in the recommendations from the CA Task Force on Maternal Mental Health which was formed at the urging of the legislature through ACR 148.  It will provide life-saving and family-stabilizing support to doctors and women and help reduce the $2.25 billion dollar cost to California's society of untreated maternal mental health disorders, like postpartum depression.  Please sign on to co-author the bill today.

Refer them to this web page for more information (2020mom.org/ca-legislation)

ACR 180 Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month Read bill here.

Marie Waldron (R), Assembly District 75 (San Diego)

Acknowledges the month of May 2018 as Maternal Mental Health Awareness month.

Organizations Send Your Letter of Support for ACR 180 Today!
You can support this bill by sending a letter of support to the author's office. 
Click here for a sample support letter. 

Individuals
We need you! You can easily show your support of this bill and the other 3 in the #4Bills4CAMoms package.  Use our letter writing webpage, which takes less than 2 minutes. You add your address and with a couple of clicks a letter is emailed to your assembly member asking them to co-author all four bills.  Do it now, here.

AB 3032, Hospital Quality, Programs for Maternal Mental Health Read more here.

Click here for an AB 3032 fact sheet.

Jim Frazier (D), Assembly District 11 (Sacramento)

Requires hospitals to develop a program for addressing maternal mental health including clinician training and patient education.  The bill also requires that the effectiveness of the program(s) be monitored and improvements implemented when necessary. 

Organizations Send Your Letter of Support for AB 3032 Today!
You can support this bill by sending a letter of support to the author's office. 
Click here for a sample support letter. 

Individuals
We need you! You can easily show your support of this bill and the other 3 in the #4Bills4CAMoms package.  Use our letter writing webpage, which takes less than 2 minutes. You add your address and with a couple of clicks a letter is emailed to your assembly member asking them to co-author all four bills.  Do it now, here.

Other Bills 2020 Mom is Supporting

SB 906, Certified Peer Specialists Read more here.

Jim Beall (D) District 15 (San Jose) and Joel Anderson (R) District 38 (San Diego)

Peer Support certification. Not unique to MMH. Would allow peers, like Moms, to become certified in the state to provide services to their peers and support with care navigation. Certification would allow for recognition of this critical type of service and allow service to be billed under MediCal.

SB 1125 Same Day Billing Read more here.

Current law provides that federally qualified health center (FQHC) services and rural health clinic (RHC) services, as defined, are covered benefits under the Medi-Cal program, to be reimbursed, to the extent that federal financial participation is obtained, to providers on a per-visit basis. “Visit” is defined as a face-to-face encounter between a patient of an FQHC or RHC and specified health care professionals. This bill would authorize reimbursement for a maximum of 2 visits taking place on the same day at a single location if after the first visit the patient suffers illness or injury requiring additional diagnosis or treatment, or if the patient has a medical visit and another health visit, as defined.

SB 1004 Prevention of Chronic/Severe Mental Health Disorders Read more here.

SB 1004  expands the effective early intervention for children, teenagers, college students, and young adults experiencing early signs of mental illness.  Requires counties take a structured and focused approach on prevention and early intervention mental health programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), which administers the millionaires tax (Prop 63).



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