Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement after the governor signed mental health bills SB 803, SB 855, AB 2112, and AB 2265 into law:
“Mental health is public health. I’m proud to have supported these measures and applaud my colleagues and the governor for taking action. I’m especially thankful the governor signed a bill I coauthored, establishing an Office of Suicide Prevention. With COVID-19 increasing the need for mental health services, it’s more important than ever to help Californians access care.”
About the legislation:
- SB 803 supports statewide standards for behavioral health Peer Support Specialists.
- SB 855 requires health plans and insurers to cover medically necessary treatment for mental health and substance use disorders.
- AB 2112 establishes an Office of Suicide Prevention to address the increasing suicide rates in California.
- AB 2265 clarifies that specified Mental Health Services Act funds can be used for treatment of substance abuse treatment and not just mental health care.
This article was released by the Office of Senator Ling Ling Chang.