Marie Waldron, —As a member of the Mental Health Caucus and the Assembly Health Committee, I was honored to be recognized as a “Mental Health Champion in the CA Legislature” by the Steinberg Institute this session.
I am a co-author or supporter of:
– SB 855 requires coverage for medically necessary treatment of mental health and substance use disorders under the same terms and conditions applied to other physical medical conditions.
– SB 803 creates a certification for peer support specialists who have been through traumas to counsel persons going through mental health challenges.
– AB 2112 which supports regional and local efforts to address suicide prevention.
– AB 2360 requires health insurers to develop telehealth networks for consultation with physicians to support mental health treatment for children and pregnant women.
I am also proud to have supported a variety of other mental health bills aimed at improving access to care, treatments, and resources as well as combating homelessness and substance abuse.
This legislative session, we were able to able to make some of the most significant changes to California’s mental health policies in decades.
California is now “poised to become a national leader on mental health and addiction coverage.”
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