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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Crisis Text Line

Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.


NAMI HelpLine

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M–F, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. PT for free mental health info, referrals and support.


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Policy Positions

NAMI California Policy Platform

Our 2019 California State Legislative Wrap-Up (published October 2019)

Advocacy Actions

NAMI California Letter to the Governor’s Task Force on Policing (June 2020)

Coalition Letter to Governor Newsom to preserve the goals and services provided by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) (March 2020)

Letter to State Assembly Chairs O’Donnell and Wood in support of AB 2668 (Quirk-Silva and Weber), Integrated School-Based Behavioral Health Partnership Program (March 2020)

Letter to Governor Newsom urging state and local government leaders to continue to honor the values outlined in the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) during the COVID-19 crisis (March 2020)

Letter to State Senator Richard Pan in support of SB 855 (Wiener): Health coverage: mental health or substance abuse disorders (March 2020)

Letter to Senator Richard Pan in support of SB 854 (Beall): Health care coverage: Substance use disorders (March 2020)

NAMI CA MHSA Position Letter (December 2019)

2019 NAMI CA Legislative Bill Positions (updated 8-14-19); 2019 Legislative Wrap-Up (published October 2019)

2019 California State Legislative Wrap-Up (published October 2019)

Governor Newsom Announces Dr. Tom Insel as “Mental Health Czar of California” (NAMI CA Press Release)

Enacted 2019-2020 CA State Budget

Letter to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) urging them to submit an Serious Mental Illness/Severe Emotional Disturbance (SMI/SED) Demonstration Opportunity application to the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. (January 2019)

Proposition 2 – No Place Like Home: NAMI California supports Prop2. Read more about Prop 2.

AB 680 (Chu) – Mental Health Training for Public Safety Dispatchers: Fact Sheet; Analysis; Letter

Letter on concerns about AB 480 (Salas) – Using Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Funds: NAMI California concerns AB 480 Letter; AB 734 Letter; Whole Person Care

Legislative Resources

California Legislative Information (including bill search)

California Legislature Advocates (create account to track your advocacy)

Legislative Calendar

Office of the Chief Clerk

The California Channel (live webcasts of hearings/Senate and Assembly floors)

Assembly Committees

Senate Committees

Legislative Process Overview (Cal State)

Policy News

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