CPA Considers Multiple Factors in Association Policy Development


The California Psychiatric Association issues policy statements about legislation and other changes to state and national government that affect the delivery of mental health care. After a careful analysis in collaboration with members and organizational allies, the CPA issues papers, statements and recommendations clarifying and substantiating the organization's adopted positions. Below is CPA's current Policy Platform:


Policy Platform

A comprehensive statement of CPA's positions, concerns and priorities for mental health legislation in California. HERE

The input of CPA leadership and members, public benefit and risk, policy precedents and relevant data, among other factors, drive the formulation of CPA policy. Below you will find letters of support, opposition or other position regarding issues of importance to California mental health policy:

Recent Policy Developments

View CPA's Legislative Score Card for 2018 


Letter of support to Sen. Jim Beall regarding SB 215, Diversion of Persons with Mental Disorders. Read CPA's letter HERE.


AB 2018 - Early loan repayment Bill for public psychiatry bill was introduced on February 5, and is now available in print and online HERE.


Loan repayment legislation for mental health professionals pursuing PA and NP training legislation was introduced. Assemblymember Anna Caballero,  formerly Governor Brown’s immediate-past Secretary for the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, agreed to author the bill. In her former position, Asm. Caballero had oversight of all health and mental health care professional licensing boards. 


At the suggestion of CPA, Los Angeles County requested that Assemblymember Laura Freidman  author the County's bill to expand the Grave Disability Standard in the LPS Act. Asm. Freidman agreed to carry the bill. She is the Assistant Speaker Pro Tem for the Assembly. She recently assumed a position as co-chair of the Joint Committee on Harassment Prevention and Response.

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