Our Health California (OHC), CHA’s digital community of more than 1 million Californians, recently concluded an advocacy campaign to advance key behavioral health legislation — Assembly Bills (AB) 3242 and 2112. The campaign generated more than 8,000 support messages to Gov. Newsom, who has now signed both bills into law.
AB 3242, co-sponsored by CHA and the National Alliance on Mental Illness California, will create greater access to mental health providers by allowing telehealth to be used for 5150 evaluations. AB 2112 will create the state’s first Office of Suicide Prevention, leading research and prevention efforts aimed at reducing suicide rates. Both bills will take effect Jan. 1, 2021.
The OHC campaign included community emails, social media, an issue advocacy petition on Care2, and paid media. OHC has been a long-standing champion of hospitals and equitable access to health care in California.