Take Action: Support State Legislation to Help Those Experiencing Mental Illness

Thanks to the efforts of our advocates, SB 326 and AB 531 are heading to the Governor’s desk for signature in the coming weeks. NAMI California and Senator Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) are looking for volunteers to share their stories about how this behavioral health package intended to modernize the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) would help you or a loved one experiencing mental illness. These stories would be amplified through social media and in the press to underscore the importance of this crucial legislation.

SB 326 (Eggman) is part of the MHSA modernization proposal and will restructure the MHSA to provide more effective services for individuals living with severe mental illness. NAMI California’s voice was heard and our feedback was largely incorporated in the amended bill language. With these amendments, we are proud of our support of SB 326.

AB 531 (Irwin) will create the Behavioral Health Infrastructure Bond Act of 2024, and authorize, subject to voter approval, the issuance of $6.38 billion in general obligation to be issued for funding community-based treatment and residential care settings, as well as permanent supportive housing. The Act will expand access to high quality care for those with the greatest needs. NAMI California strongly supports AB 531 and recent amendments made to the bill to include funding from the bond for acute and subacute facilities as well as voluntary community-based care.

If you are willing to share your story for this campaign about how the passage of these bills will positively impact you or a loved one, please email advocacy@namica.org. If you would like to participate via video, we can work with you to arrange a short interview. All stories can be kept anonymous, if requested.