CBHDA takes pride in advocating for behavioral health before the legislature and state agencies to better serve each of California’s 58 counties and two cities. We fight to defend adequate state and federal funding for our member counties, so that they can provide crucial behavioral health services, while supporting workforce development investments to address a significant shortage of public behavioral health professionals in California. We lobby for important legislative change primarily focused on five policy areas: Substance Use Disorder Issues, Children and Youth, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), Housing and Homelessness, and Criminal Justice.


2019 Sponsored Legislation


SB 428 (Pan) Pupil health: school employee training: youth mental health first aid. This bill would require the State Department of Education to identify an evidence-based training program for local educational agencies to use in training classified and certificated school employees in direct contact with pupils on youth mental health first aid.  It also requires  local educational agencies, on or before January 1, 2023, to certify that at least 10% of classified employees and at least 10% of certificated employees (or at least 2 classified employees and at least 2 certificated employees having direct contact with pupils at each school site, whichever is greater) have received the youth mental health first aid training. 

Sponsor(s): CBHDA, Born This Way Foundation, Children Now, California Council of Behavioral Health Associations 

Status: Enrolled- Awaiting Action

AB 1031 (Nazarian) Youth Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Program Act of 2019. This bill would require The Department of Health Care Services to develop standards and regulations for a comprehensive continuum of substance use disorder (SUD) care for California youth under age 21. This bill would also require the department to report to the Legislature regarding the status of the implementation of this program. 

Sponsors: CBHDA and the California Psychiatric Association

Status: Held in Committee


AB 1058 (Salas) Medi-Cal: specialty mental health services and substance use disorder treatment. The bill would require the Department of Health Care Services to have a stakeholder process to develop recommendations to address the legal and administrative barriers to delivering integrated behavioral health services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder conditions.

Sponsor: CBHDA

Status: Held in Committee


Legislative Platform

Each year, CBHDA Members establish priority advocacy issues for the year ahead. We would like to put forward a CBHDA Legislative Platform that is intended to inform our engagement throughout the year, including partnering with organizations and streamlining positions CBHDA takes in support of or opposition to legislation or state budget items. To open the full legislative platform in PDF format, click here. For more information on the legislative platform, contact us.

Priority Bill List

Each year CBHDA Supports and Opposes key legislation in 5 major policy areas: housing and homelessness, children and youth, substance use disorders, the Mental Health Services Act and criminal Justice.  This partial picture of 2019 legislation, does not reflect our full policy agenda but rather our top priorities for this 2 year session. To see our Priority Bill List, please click here.