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.


Current bills we are sponsoring

AB 2043 (Arambula) Foster children and youth:Family Urgent Response System - Cosponsor

Requires county child welfare, probation and behavioral health agencies to establish county-based Family Urgent Response Systems for the provision of mobile crisis-response services to current or former foster youth and their caregivers. Requires the establishment of a statewide hotline to be available 24 hours per day. 


AB 2328 (Nazarian) Youth Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Program Act - Sponsor

Requires the Department of Health Care Services to establish a comprehensive continuum of substance use disorder care for California youth under age 21.


SB 688 (Moorlach) Mental Health Services Act: revenue and expenditure reports - Sponsor

Requires the Mental Health Services Act Annual Revenue and Expenditures Report to comply with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and to be submitted electronically in a machine-readable format to the Department of Health Care Service. 


AB 2861 (Salas) Medi-Cal: telehealth: substance use disorders - Sponsor

Requires the Department of Health Care Services to allow Medi-Cal billing for substance use disorder services delivered by telehealth, in accordance with California’s Medicaid State Plan.


SB 1010 (Beall) Parolee supportive housing pilot program - Cosponsor

Establishes a supportive housing pilot program for parolees living with mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 



CBHDA Legislative Platform

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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.


2018 CBHDA 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 2018 legislation, does not reflect our full policy agenda but rather our top priorities for this 2 year session. To open the full list of Score Card bills in PDF format, click here.