CHA News Article

Steinberg Creates 2 Mental Health Groups in State Legislature

This year, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has drawn attention to the need for greater emphasis on mental health in part by forming two groups within the State Senate whose focus is mental health policy. The Senate Mental Health Caucus, with Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) as chairperson, is an 18-member, bipartisan caucus that will examine the growing challenges mental illness presents to society. In addition to increasing legislators’ knowledge and understanding about this complex field of health, the caucus is charged with educating the public about legislation that would make the treatment and delivery of mental health services more efficient and available. The Senate Select Committee on Mental Health, also chaired by Sen. Beall, seeks to develop a comprehensive and coordinated direction for the state regarding mental health, addressing insufficiencies with mental health services.

For more information about the committee and the caucus, visit The Select Committee on Mental Health has established a separate website for updates on hearings, legislation, critical budget items and relevant and informative reports.