Press Releases:

October 13th, 2021 - Coalition Applauds Governor Newsom for Signing SB 14 and Bringing Mental Health Training and Excused Mental Health Absences to Schools: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 14 (Portantino) into law, broadening the definition of excused student absences to include an absence for the benefit of behavioral health of the student, with parity to physical excused absences. The bill also recommends that the California Department of Education identify youth behavioral health training that will equip school personnel and students with skills to recognize the signs and symptoms of behavioral health disorders (mental health and substance use disorders), provide knowledge of local resources and services, safely de-escalate crisis situations involving individuals with a mental health challenge, and reduce stigma and increase help-seeking behavior

October 13th, 2021 - The MolinaCares Accord Awards CBHA $200,000 in Funding to Support 988 Crisis Call Centers: CBHA is excited to share that The MolinaCares Accord is including CBHA in the California Equity and Accessibility Initiative. Established by Molina Healthcare, MolinaCares oversees a community investment platform created to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations by funding meaningful, measurable, and innovative programs and solutions that improve health, life, and living in local communities. MolinaCares launched its California Equity and Accessibility Initiative with an initial $1.6 million to advance health equity throughout the state. The $200,000 grant awarded to CBHA will support training for staff at the 13 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call Centers in California to assist them as they prepare to take calls from the new 9-8-8 phone number.

May 17th, 2021 - Stop The Hate: A Conversation About Anti-Asian Racism & Behavioral Health: CBHA is proud to invite you to Stop The Hate: A Conversation About Anti-Asian Racism & Behavioral Health on May 21st from 11 AM to 1 PM. During the pandemic, the AAPI community has been increasingly targeted and experienced acts and crimes of hate and violence, which has risen by 150 percent since last year, in many cases targeting the elderly. CBHA is convening legislators and community representatives to stand with the AAPI community, highlighting current legislation, best practices, and leading dialogue around what our state and county are doing to address the experience of the AAPI community during this pandemic.

May 14th, 2021 - Governor Gavin Newsom Takes Historic Leaps For Behavioral Health: The Covid-19 pandemic has had an adverse impact on Behavioral Health across California, both short and long-term, particularly for communities of color and those facing barriers to accessing care. Unless we take bold action to address this ongoing crisis, these behavioral health challenges will only continue to grow. Today, Governor Gavin Newsom highlighted his continued commitment to combating the behavioral health pandemic head-on in his May revision to the state budget.

December 10th, 2020 - CBHA is joined by Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, CBHDA, and Next GenPolicy co-sponsoring SB 14 (Portantino): A growing coalition of organizations have come out in strong support of SB 14 (Portantino). This bill would require the California Department of Education to identify an evidence-based training program for a local educational agency to use to train classified and certificated school employees having direct contact with pupils in youth mental and behavioral health. It would also provide 10th, 11th and 12th graders the opportunity to be trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of a behavioral health issue in their peers. Finally, ensures that youth absences from school for a mental health issue or appointment will be considered an excused absence in the same fashion absences for physical health ailments or appointments are treated. 

December, 8th 2020 - Behavioral Health Leaders Unite to Support the Declaration of Racism as a Public Health Crisis: A growing list of city and county jurisdictions across the state are declaring racism to be a public health emergency or crisis. The California Alliance of Child and Family Services (CACFS) and the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA) stand in strong support of these actions as a first step in acknowledging the realities of systemic, institutional, and structural racism that leads to abuse of power and racial injustice.

December, 8th 2020 - Introduction of SB 14 (Portantino) Aims to Address California’s Growing Youth Mental Health Crisis: A coalition of organizations issued statements supporting SB 14. The bill, introduced by Senator Portantino, would require the California Department of Education to identify an evidence-based training program for a local educational agency to use to train classified and certificated school employees having direct contact with pupils in youth mental and behavioral health. It will also ensure that youth absences from school for a mental health issue or appointment will be considered an excused absence in the same fashion absences for physical health ailments or appointments are treated.

May 5, 2020 - Emergency Response to COVID Must Include Behavioral Health: Three behavioral health agency CEOs in the Bay Area describe the urgent needs facing mental health and addiction treatment providers statewide and the call for emergency federal stimulus funding to keep providers going. Blog by Brett Andrews, CEO of PRC, Vitka Eisen, President and CEO of HealthRIGHT 360, and Al Gilbert, President and CEO of Felton Institute

April 13, 2020 - CBHA Leads Advocacy for Federal Stimulus Bill - April 13, 2020: CBHA Urges Speaker Pelosi and Congress to Allocate $38.5 Billion for Behavioral Health Organizations Nationwide in Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package - Copy of Letter Sent to Speaker Pelosi