Access to services by Californians is essential to early identification and the reduction of years spent living with untreated mental illness. Every five years, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development is required to create a Five-Year Plan to guide California’s effort in growing the behavioral healthcare workforce. However, there is no funding dedicated to supporting the programs recommended in the Plan.
SB 539 co-sponsored by CAMFT, the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, and the California Behavioral Health Planning Council, would create a trust fund dedicated to funding the workforce efforts outlined in the Five-Year Plan. SB539 has been referred to the Senate Health Committee.
CAMFT will keep our members apprised on the status of this legislation. To read more about SB 539, click here.