Action Alert: Support CARE Court

Please join us in supporting Governor Newsom’s CARE Court initiative to help  people with serious mental illness receive higher levels of care. You can learn more about the initiative here and read NAMI California’s Letter of Support here. The proposal is contained in two bills that are currently going through the legislative process: SB 1338 and AB 2830.

What You Can Do

Send a Letter of Support

Please take a moment to share your story so that legislators and their staff members will know how important it is to support these bills and what a difference they will make to individuals and their families. To help you share your story, we have developed templates that you can customize. Just click on the link.  Support SB 1338. Support AB 2830.  Then, please send your letters to by Sunday, April 24. This is a top priority for NAMI California and NAMI Westside LA. Thank you for taking action to improve California’s mental health.

Call the Senate Committee on Health Wednesday, April 27 at 3 pm

Call in to voice your support during the public comment period, to make sure all Legislators and the Governor know that you’re standing up for mental health and a critical new part of California’s solution to help people and families in crisis. We need community members to act now to support SB 1338, which includes Gov. Newsom’s Care Court proposal. It is being heard in the Senate Committee on Health and must pass to continue moving forward toward becoming a reality.

Testimony Instructions:

  • Call the Public Testimony Participant Number: 844-291-6364; access code: 1411140
  • In order for your testimony to be heard clearly, you must mute any devices you are using to live stream the committee hearing prior to calling into the teleconference service.
    Please do not testify using speakerphone or Bluetooth, as this can cause acoustic feedback and make it very difficult to hear your testimony.
  • Upon calling in, you will be placed in a “waiting room,” where you will be muted but you can listen to the committee hearing as you wait. When a committee moves to public comment, a moderator will ask for anyone who is wishing to testify in “Support” of the bill to please press 1-0. The moderator will again prompt those waiting in “Opposition” when the committee moves to opposition. You should press 1-0 when you are prompted by the moderator – be sure to listen for support or opposition and DO NOT press 1-0 until the proper position has been asked for.
  • When you press 1-0 on your phone, you will wait and an operator will assign you a line number, at that time you will be placed in the queue for identification. Remember your line number, the moderator will call out that number to identify YOU when it is your turn to testify.
  • If you press 1-0 a second time, you will remove yourself from the queue and you will not be identified to testify. Every time you press 1-0 you either put yourself “In queue” or take yourself “Out of queue” so listen carefully, and press 1-0 only once when you are prompted by the moderator.
  • When you are successfully in the queue, with your assigned line number, the moderator will call out your line number, open your line, and at that time you may address the committee. You must have your own phone unmuted before you begin testimony.