Sacramento, California – April 29, 2014

Sacramento, California – April 29, 2014

Representatives from San Diego, Orange County (in-formation), Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco Chapters gathered at the State Capitol for AFSP’s Second Annual California State Capitol Day.  The morning was spent in the Assembly Business, Professionals and Consumer Protection Committee Hearing where AFSP was supporting and testifying for Assembly Bill 2198, which would require certain Mental Health Professionals to receive training in Suicide Risk Assessment, Treatment and Maintenance as a condition of licensing or relicensing.  That afternoon, the Bill passed out of Committee on an 11-0 vote and was sent to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for further consideration.  After lunch, the group visited the offices of 42 Senators and Assembly Members asking for their support for AB 2198 as well as for the Mental Health Parity Enforcement Budget Act, reviewing suicide and attempt statistics for their Districts, and informing them of what AFSP is doing in their Districts to reduce the number of suicides.  In the afternoon the Chapters hosted an Ice Cream Social for elected officials and staff.