State Advocacy

What Happened to the SB 855 Regulations?

A coalition of statewide groups sent this letter to the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) and also the State Department of Insurance regarding the implementation of SB 855 (Wiener). This week, the state responded to the co-sponsors of the bill (The Kennedy Forum and the Steinberg Institute) to say that a meeting will soon occur with stakeholders. CSAP will participate in this discussion. Meanwhile, Senator Wiener's follow up bill, SB 221 (which CSAP supports) will soon be heard in the Assembly Health Committee.

The California State Association of Psychiatrists (CSAP), the official state lobbying organization of NCPS, is recommending the following positions on current 2021 legislative bills:


  • AB 32 (Aguiar-Curry) – Telehealth - Recommending Support
  • AB 118 (Kamlager-Dove) – Emergency services; community response;grant program – Support
  • AB 369 (Kamlager) - Would allow for streamlined Medi-Cal enrollment and service delivery for persons experiencing homelessness -  Support with Amendments
  • AB 383 (Salas) - Mental Health: Older Adults - Support
  • AB 541 (Berman) - Tobacco assessment - Support with Amendments
  • AB 562 (Low) - Frontline COVID-19 Provider Mental Health Resiliency Act of 2021: Health Care Providers - Support
  • AB 638 (Quirk-Silva) - Mental Health Services Act: Early intervention and prevention programs - Support
  • AB 653 (Waldron) - Medication-assisted treatment grant program - Support
  • AB 988 (Bauer-Kahan) – Mental health; mobile crisis support teams; 988 crisis hotline establish the 988 Crisis Hotline –  Support
  • AB 998 (Lackey) - Incarcerated persons: health records - Support
  • AB 1038 (Gipson) - California Health Equity Program - Support
  • AB 1094 (Arambula) - Sexual orientation and gender identity data collection pilot program - Support
  • SB 221 (Wiener) – Health care coverage; timely access to care –  Support
  • SB 250 (Pan) - Health care coverage - Support
  • SB 316 (Eggman) – Medi-Cal; federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics  Support
  • SB 340 (Stern) - Would permit a family member, friend, or acquaintance with personal knowledge of a person receiving treatment to make a request to testify in a judicial review proceeding, as specified - Support
  • SB 428 (Hurtado) - Health care coverage: adverse childhood experiences screenings - Support
  • SB 441 (Hurtado) - Would require the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to include students and professionals with training in geriatrics in administering health workforce professions programs. SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS 
  • SB 465 (Eggman) - Mental Health - Support
  • SB 507 (Eggman) – Mental health services; assisted outpatient treatment  Support
  • SB 516 (Eggman) – Certification for intensive treatment; review hearing  Support
  • SB 528 (Jones) – Juneniles; health information summary; psychotropic medication  Support
  • SB 782 (Glazer) - Assisted outpatient treatment programs - Support


  • AB 852 (Wood) - Would add the new category of nurse practitioners (NPs) who are authorized to practice independently starting January 1, 2023, to provisions of law that include physician and surgeons and other relevant health care licensees, corrects a drafting error related to the conditions when an independent NP must refer to a physician and surgeon, adds the new independent NPs to pharmacy definitions for prescribers, and makes other technical and clarifying changes. OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED (THE AMENDMENTS PROFFERED BY THE CMA)


  • AB 723 (Low) – Marriage and family therapy; scope of practice - Recommending Watch 
  • AB 1130 (Wood) – California Health Care Quality and Affordability Act  - Recommending Watch
  • AB 1132 (Wood) – Health Care Consolidation and Contracting Fairness Act of 2021 - Recommending Watch
  • AB 1331 (Irwin) - Mental Health: statewide director crisis services - Recommending Watch
  • AB 1443 (McCarty) – Mental health; involuntary treatment - Recommending Watch
  • SB 14 (Portantino) – Pupil health; school employee and pupil training; excused absenses; youth mental and behavioral health - Recommending Watch
  • SB 224 (Portantino) – Pupil instruction; mental health education - Recommending Watch

The complete legislative bill matrix with full descriptions can be found HERE

Meet our lobbyist: Shaw Yoder Antwih Schmelzer & Lange

NCPS is pleased to announce that we have formed an allicance with the Orange County Psychiatric Society and the San Diego Psychiatric Society to facilitate state level advocacy for our collective members through the California State Association of Psychiatrists (CSAP). CSAP will consist of member respresentatives from the leadership of these three District Branches and will seek to advocate efficiently and effectively for orgianized psychiatry and high quality patient care in California. CSAP will work collaboratively with other like-minded organizations for the collective effort of influencing and creating policy and legislation in Sacramento. CSAP has hired the professional lobbying and administrative services of Shaw, Yoder, Antwih, Schmelzer & Lange(link is external)(SYASL). SYASL is perennially ranked among California's top ten advocacy firms with proven history of sponsoring and defeating legislation and extensive expertise in the behavioral health landscape. The lobbyists and legislative advocates working on our behalf are:

  • Paul Yoder, one of the founding partners in the firm and lobbyist in California for over 30 years, has spent almost his entire career working in behavioral health issues.
  • Andrew Antwih, another partner in the firm, recently ranked in the Top 100 influencers in all of California by California Weekly magazine. 
  • Pricilla Quiroz, former staff member to Senator Nancy Skinner and lead lobbyist at the firm for California Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 

We introdued SYASL during our Annual Membership Meeting in October where they provided an overview of their experience and participated in a Q&A discussion with members. You can view the recording of that meeting below.




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