Steinberg Institute

Legislative Priorities 2015

Our 2015 Legislation Signed into Law

AB 388 (Chang) – Housing: Homeless Veterans
This bill requires an evaluation to ensure that entities receiving funds through the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Act of 2014 are using them in the most effective manner possible to prevent our nation’s military veterans from becoming homeless and to aid impoverished veterans already living on the streets.

SB 11 (Beall) – Law Enforcement Training: Mental Health
This bill ensures that law enforcement officers receive much-needed training in how to de-escalate an encounter with a person suffering from a mental illness, intellectual disability or substance abuse disorder. Specifically, it requires 15 hours of evidence-based behavioral health training and three hours of continuing education in this area.

SB 29 (Beall) – Law Enforcement Training: Mental Health
This bill ensures that all law enforcement officers who serve as trainers have at least eight hours of instruction in crisis intervention for behavioral health issues and at least four hours of training on how to deal with people coping with mental illness or intellectual disability.

Legislative Efforts We Continue to Push

The Steinberg Institute sponsored or supported multiple other measures in 2015 that it continues to press through legislation and policy efforts. This includes:

  • Expanding permanent supportive housing options for people living with severe mental illness who would otherwise be homeless. A related measure, our “No Place Like Home” initiative, which will generate more than $2 billion for housing and services for homeless people living with mental illness, was signed into law in 2016.
  • Ensuring mental health services follow foster children when they move between counties. This bill, AB 1299, was signed into law in 2016.
  • Expanding programs for early detection, prevention and intervention of mental illness in children and youth.
  • Funding to ensure a robust continuum of crisis care for children living with mental illness.
  • Pressing for data-based evaluations of outcomes for care and treatment funded through the Mental Health Services Act.
  • Reforming sentencing laws to give judges more discretion for appropriate sentencing of offenders living with mental illness.
  • Bolstering mental health services in housing developments for veterans.

Find our 2017 Legislative Package here.

Find our 2016 Legislative Package here.


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